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Artist's description:

The Netherlands is a great place to paint skies – there is so much sky above that flat landscape and it coastal climate means that they are changing all the time. So I set out to paint “a” sky and found this one – with clouds growing and passing and disappearing and new ones forming all the time as I drove in search of a subject to place it over. Searching for a quiet spot to set up my easel in the coastal hinterland or “polders”, I came across this field of flax where the flowers were just starting to bloom in that lovely typical flax-blue. With the skyline of the village of IJzendijke in the background, I was instantly inspired to get painting!
I always like to start by setting up a composition that will “showcase” what it was about the subject that inspired me most. Here, I just used the edge of my palette as a ruler to draw a completely straight line for the horizon, setting it low so as to fill the page with sky. Normally, I don't use a ruler in my paintings but the Netherlands are so flat!! Next, I wet the page and copied the forms and colours of the clouds as I observed them above me. When the sky had dried, I put in the red rooves of the houses and dark shapes on the skyline to depict Ijzendijke as locals will recognize it with its larger and smaller church tower, partially hidden by trees. The next step was to build up the foreground. I decided which colours were to be dominant – the blue of the flax and greens in between as well as a strip of yellow in the distance, some curving lines (left) and shadows to give the whole thing shape. I also created different levels – the distance, middle distance and foreground at this stage, using increasingly stronger colours and details as I got closer to myself. Next, I introduced some real detail in the foreground without getting too fussy – just a suggestion of stems and shapes among the mixture of colours already on the page. I also added some seedheads and strong blue spatters to suggest those dainty flowers. I also emphasized some details that I liked – the chimneys on the red-rooved house far right, the trunks of the row of poplars to the right of that, some deep shadows, the sun hitting the rooves of houses. Finally, I darkened some areas of the painting to suggest the shadows cast by the clouds since it is not a clear blue sky after all!

Clouds over a flaxfield” was painted on 600g Hahnemühle, 100% cotton rag, mould made paper using Windsor and Newton watercolour paints. lt's one of a series of paintings of wildflowers and it comes mounted and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

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600g Hahnemühle, 100% cotton rag, mould-made paper, Windsor and Newton watercolour paints

Clouds over a flax field

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