Paintings from a Weekend in Maastricht

Here are a few plein air paintings from this past weekend in Maastricht. I lived there for a few months last year and you can see all the sketches from the period here.

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The End of Saturday’s Shopping, Onze Lieve Vrouweplein, Maastricht. 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen.

My gallerist once asked me why I often paint fishermen. The fact is they stand still for a very long time. I asked this gentleman if I could paint him before I started.

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Fisherman in the Stadspark, Maastricht. 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen.

Sunday mornings are always a great time to paint in cities. There is never anyone around.

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Sunday Morning on the Boschstraat. 35 x 25 cm, oil on linen.

It’s a very painting-friendly city to work in. The Dutch are polite and complimentary but leave you your space. This sketch was from the very crowded market. I set up next to a pole so as to stay out of people’s path.

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Nieuwe Haring (unfinished). 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

 

The Gronsveld Windmill

This is the windmill down the road from where I’m living in Limburg. I thought it would be fun to try one subject with a number of different points of view and weather effects. I’ll be here until June so I’ll have a couple of more seasons too. The tops of the windmills swivel, which confused me at first when I would go back for another shot on a sketch, to find it pointing in a different direction (who knew?).

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The Gronsveld Windmill #1. 35 x 25, oil on panel.

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Gronsveld Windmill #2. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

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Grey Maastricht Days

A couple of recent sketches from the grey March days we’ve been having lately.

(Always risky painting a leaning building as on this first one):

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Klein Grachtje, Maastricht. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

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The Jeker, Maastricht. 30 x 20 cm, oil on panel.

And a couple from the countryside.

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Brabant Farm. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

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Libeek Fields. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Limburg Snowscapes

I’m currently living ten minutes outside of Maastricht, Holland in the little hamlet of Libeek in the province of Limburg.

For my first two weeks here the weather has been beautiful blue skies with snow on the ground, but very cold. Almost too cold to paint when the wind was up. I did manage to get a few plein air pieces done before the rain set in.

I used Google Maps for the names (and actually used Street View to scout a bit for the first time) so I hope I got them right.

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Op de Vrouweheide, Ubachsberg. 30 x 20 cm, oil on panel.

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Op de Vrouweheide, Ubachsberg (#2). 35 x 25 cm, oil on panel.

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Van Tienhovenmolen, Wolfshuis. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

I liked the windmills.

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Banholt. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

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Shed. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

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St. Johns, Maastricht. 30 x 20 cm, oil on panel.

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The Border at Libeek. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

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Snow in Libeek. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

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Limburg Farm, February. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

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Libeek Sunset #2. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Update: Here are a couple more from the end of the snow.

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Snow Melting, Hoogcruts. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

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Snow Melting, Banholt. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.