Thursday, 2 February 2012

Winter canal scene, Amsterdam

Small version, arched bridge at the Oudezijds Voorburgwal
oil on wood panel
10 x 15 cm
painted on location - Tues 31 Jan 2012

Amsterdam has a charm and unquestionable character of its own. Thanks to the city planners who were wise enough to leave the canals pretty well alone, since they were built, back in the 15th century. This area called "De Wallen", was the centre of the red light zone, in Amsterdam a few years ago. Things got out of hand, and in a few words, criminality in drug dealing and hard core sex shows/prostitution kept most respectable tourists away. The city cleaned up the criminal scene, and now tourists can once again, enjoy strolling these cobble stoned streets, taking in vistas such as the one depicted in these paintings.