More Benelux Sketches

March and April are usually write-offs for me as far as plein air work. I find the florescent greens of new growth combined with the browns of winter to be really unpicturesque. My own attempts at blossoms are usually miserable failures so I avoid them. I also have a lot of studio work to catch up on, mostly enlarging sketches of Italian subjects from last year to meet gallery commitments.

That said, I did get out a few times and here are the results.

Cows at Sint-Martens-Voeren (Belgium). 30 x 20 cm, oil on panel.

Luxembourg Sketch. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Canal in Maastricht. 35 x 25 cm, oil on panel.

Oud-Valkenburg Roofs. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Windmill at Ohé en Laak. 30 x 20 cm, oil on panel.

Windmill at Ohé en Laak #2. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

I’m off to Italy next week so this will probably be it for my Dutch period. It’s too bad as the colors are just getting interesting again.

 

5 comments

  1. Really enjoyed your paintings from your Dutch stay, looking forward to the September workshop in Pujols

  2. I find this latest group of sketches extremely interesting with a much different dynamic than this time last year. I see it most clearly in “Luxembourg Sketch” and “Cows at Sint-Martens-Voeren”. It looks as though you have attacked the surface with much thicker paint and sturdier brushes. Have you changed your materials or just your approach? I really, really like the results. Once again I find myself marveling at the actual scale of these panels. They feel much larger.

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