Here are a few plein air sketches 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.
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.
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.
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):
And a couple from the countryside.
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.
I liked the windmills.
Update: Here are a couple more from the end of the snow.