Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Winter canal scenes, Amsterdam

Oude Waal, Amsterdam
oil on canvas
24 x 30 cm
painted on location - Tues 17 Jan 2012

Yesterday, despite the bitter cold, I went to Amsterdam, and made 4 small format paintings. Here you have the 1st result. Not too far from the Central Station, I spotted this rather typical Amsterdam canal vista, just across the street from Montelbaastoren. The copolla you see on the top right, belongs to the Church of St. Nicholas, a rather stunning view as you step out of Amsterdam Central Station to the left. The low winter sun, lights up the tops of the high stalwart houses along this canal, and partially the bridge and elements in the forground.

View of Montelbaans tower
oil on canvas board
18 x 24 cm  -  7" x 9.5"
painted on location - tues 17 Jan 2012

This painting was made from the bridge shown on the above posting. In fact was painted shortly after I finshed the above work.  I decided to make it into a true winters scene by adding snow and ice on the waters surface!

View of Montelbaans tower study #1,
oil on wood
10 x 15 cm  -  4" x 6"
painted on location - Tues 17 Jan 2012

This oil study was made on the bridge featured on yesterdays posting. I worked on 3 small panels at the same time, thus building up the paintings simutaneously. Robert Henri once said, that a painting is never finished it just stops at an interesting point. I concluded that this little guy had enough information on it. Besides the historical tower, that cast iron draw bridge in the distance, was of interest to me

View of Montelbaans tower study #2, 
oil on wood panel
10 x 15cm  -  4" x 6"
painted on location - Tues 17 Jan 2012

Same view as above work, only style of painting much loser, and well, quite impressionistic, if you ask me. Was a pretty productive day for me, wouldn't you agree?

1 comment:

Kim Vanlandingham said...

Love, love, LOVE the play of light on this!