Hello All Seasons Bloggers
Loved looking and reading all of your summery and wintery posts!
Thank you so much everyone, for linking up even though you are having holidays, vacation and you’re traveling, moving, or have guests!
Wished I could go every two years to Holland, but since we have moved and I have painted 3 huge paintings, it has crashed our budget. Was not prepared for that, but I do not regret having this journey in painting. I rather be passionate and “poor” than well-to-do and not doing anything significant. Fortunately, I live in a time of the digital camera, that can hold a huge amount of photos.
It was the first warm day of the year (not this year), at the end of May that I saw Kinderdijk with all the windmills for the first time ever, with a dutch Blogger (Wil Francois Wouters). These are not all the windmills there! They have a total of .. at Kinderdijk. Another time I’ll share the inside.
This is a site of UNESCO World Heritage. Wikipedia says the 19 windmills were built around 1740 (would not surprise me if it was earlier!)
Because about half of the Netherlands was won out of the North Sea, harbors are still busy, and boats are not only used for relaxation, but also to earn a living. This is in Muiden the province of Utrecht, in the town that belongs to the castle “Het Muiderslot.”
This was after my last workshop in Holland – in Heerhugowaard, a town not well known to tourists, but oozed with art endeavors on the main square. Am standing outside to take a few shots of the inside.
Oil, 24 x 30, Put Up Your Sails, © StGermain
That weekend I painted this for the people,
since I felt that they had all the tools and creativity,
but had not put up their sails, so to speak
(the significance is that one can have the most fantastic boat, and all the gadget tools, but if one does not take the initiative to put up the sails, it’s just a nice decoration – not what a boat was made for!)
In this workshop weekend I was able to pant in the bold and heavy lined style/approach that is really “me.” Some times I change styles if I think an audience , can otherwise not understand what I paint. Some artists do not agree with that standpoint, but since it’s not my purpose for my name to be in a history book, I can do whatever I want:)
Artists see my approach as a mix of impressionism (van Gogh – broken light waves) and cubism (Picasso’s round and abstract shapes) .
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