Sunday, 31 May 2015

Windmills and Tulips

We had a very interesting and enjoyable biking trip through a small part of the Netherlands a few weeks ago and were lucky enough to see lots of tulip fields in bloom.  Although not from this angle!

We also visited quite a few wonderful museums and saw the late Rembrandt exhibit at the Rijksmuseum and the Vermeer museum in Delft amongst others.  With white in mind I spent a lot of time looking at light, how it controlled the way the eye focused on the painting and how it travelled through the piece.  Rembrandt is fairly blunt with his approach - lots of lacy white collars on his subjects but then the eye travelled up to the face with it's light and then to the eyes with the little dot to make them sparkle.  Vermeer not only had the light shining into the room and onto a face he actually used dots of white on the pearls and in the eyes.  I had grandiose ideas of doing something with pearls or eyes and white dots, but my skill level isn't quite up to it yet.

So here is my white.  And yes, it's probably the first thing you focused on.



11 comments:

  1. You hit the mark and I just love these wind generators. Great!

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  2. Bold and graphic use of your luscious hand-dyes. A great memento of another wonderful holiday.

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  3. Bold and graphic use of your luscious hand-dyes. A great memento of another wonderful holiday.

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  4. I, too love these modern day windmills - I'd rather see them than the ugly pylons.

    Your white is a perfect foil for the bright colours. Good design with repeated angles.

    Hilary

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  5. Striking and effective! The windmill and the tulip fields scream Holland in a modern, streamlined and not cliched way. Bravo!

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  6. Brilliant, you must have been smiling all the way through making this piece, such a clever combination of your trip and the challenge!

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  7. brilliant - totally on the mark!
    i love it

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  8. Nice yummy hand dyes! A wonderful memory.

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  9. I saw your photos of the tulip fields and this summons them up beautifully. I like the modern windmill in Holland as well. Very nice.

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  10. I really do like this piece, the windmill is used so well in your design, and has been said, a really great graphic design. It looks as though you had great fun with this piece and of course seeing all the colour as a background to the white is simply great.

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  11. The white really stands out from the tulip fields. I really like the simplicity of the design.

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