It has been a while since I wandered through the Hatert Meres (Hatertse Vennen). In 2014 to be precise. Hatert Meres 09 (2014) was my last pastel of that series but there was one I made two years earlier. When I was browsing in my maps looking for the first one I suddenly found that unfinished one. It was a draft that, how promising it was colorwise, also was a bit of a bore.
Last Saturday I came across the outer edge of the Waalsdorpervlakte. By chance I was walking down a small footpath next to the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Nethelands. Suddenly there it was, the motif I was anxiously searching for that day.
A commissioned piece. I never did a cottage, Usually it is either trees or women. It is often with commissions like these that I come to study things and structures I normally do not draw or paint.
I made a first draft in black and white Conté Carrés but it didn’t work. It stood in my studio for over a year pissing me off. Finallly I knew what to do and was ready to divide space through colourful planes.
A small park just around the corner where I sometimes wander about. I was struck by the light through the trees and the atmospheric depth.
A more cubistic pastel drawing of Meyendel, following the previous ones. I like this ones better because I dared to put the cubes through the branches so the drawing becomes fragmented.
This is the pastel drawing of the prestudy I made in graphite a month before. I like the sun that sets not underneath the horizon but in a window somewhere in a cityscape.
A realistic / impressionistic pastel drawing of estate ‘Oosterbeek’, at The Hague, Netherlands.
I was inspired by Mondriaan’s orange mill when I did this piece. I executed it in quite expressionistic colours.
Longing for spring makes me post this one. I closely studied Camille Pisarro and saw leaves, blossom transcending into the negative space around it very gradually.