In 2018 I was visiting the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam with my parents to see the exhibition of art works by Jan Henderikse, a representative of the Dutch Zero group. Always a pleasure to be in Schiedam and especially in this museum; well renowned for its modern art. The old centre is a secret gem hidden amidst the urban area of Rotterdam in case you want to pay it a visit.
Near the museum at the Oude Sluis there is the Old Library of Schiedam (now De Korenbeurs) I drew back in 2016. Further down the road at the corner of the Nieuwe Sluisstraat and the Schie there is this lovely view across the canal towards the ‘Zakkendragershuisje’. I guess the scene couldn’t be more dutch than this, except for windmills. This week there was a lot of rain and so all my ambitions to go sketching outdoors went down the drain again so I used a picture I took when visiting the museum.
Water reflections are always rewarding because the main motif (houses in this case) is doubled and therefor water is suggested. Who understands this cryptic description can depict water. I was quite fond of my pinks and purples in my previouw drawing ‘Beek-Ubbergen – 01-10-20’ and so I used them once again. The squares and rectangles of houses were much more difficult to capture with my hatched strokes technique. It is almost impossible to draw windows and rabbets but this forced me to abstract the view impressionistically. Thus, the focus in this drawing lies more on the play of light, fractured and scattered in complex color relations, than the scenery itself.
Click here to read about the sale of this art work to a dutch private collector.
Colored pencil drawing on Talens Mixed Toned Color paper (21 x 29.5 x 0.1 cm) – A4 format)
Artist: Corné Akkers
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