Sculpture in Amsterdam

I have a bit of an obsession with finding art in public spaces. Below is some of the art I’ve stumbled upon while wandering Amsterdam.

I couldn't find a title or description for this sculpture.
I couldn’t find a title or description for this sculpture.
This is a statue of Spinoza. The inscription at the bottom reads "De doel van de staat is de vrijheid" or "The purpose of the state is freedom."
This is a statue of Spinoza. The inscription at the bottom reads “De doel van de staat is de vrijheid” or “The purpose of the state is freedom.”
This guy is sticking out of a wall near a canal. Again no title or descriptor found.
This guy is sticking out of a wall near a canal. Again no title or descriptor found.
mural on Spui
mural on Spui
Sculpture in Westergasfabriek
Sculpture in Westergasfabriek
Floating sculpture in Westergasfabriek
Floating roccoco dress sculpture in Westergasfabriek
De schreeuw in Oosterpark
De schreeuw in Oosterpark
"Gedeeld verleden, gezamenlijke toekomst" (shared past, common future), Oosterpark
“Gedeeld verleden, gezamenlijke toekomst” (shared past, common future), Oosterpark

You can see more art that I’ve found around the Netherlands here.

Schilderij 2

After my last art workshop, I found that I do enjoy painting so I signed up for a second workshop. Both workshops covered landscape painting but the second was en plein air. The workshop was held at a lovely farm in Eemnes. I really enjoyed working on location instead of just from a picture. You get to choose what you want to paint instead of what was photographed. You can see, hear, touch, and smell your subject. I decided to challenge myself with a difficult perspective.

Here is the area I painted.
Here is the area I painted.
Here is my sketch of the view I wanted to paint.
Here is my sketch of the view I wanted to paint.
Here is my finished painting. As you can see my perspective is a little off but I am fairly satisfied with the result.
Here is my finished painting. As you can see my perspective is a little off but I am fairly satisfied with the result.

The class and teacher, Ton de Kruijk, were really great. I had so much fun. Maybe soon I will try painting on my own.

Schilderij

For a while now I have wanted to try my hand at painting. I have sketched with charcoal and oil pastels but never done any painting. So when I saw a chance to take a landscape painting workshop in Bussum (and get a chance to practice my Dutch), I signed up immediately.

We began sketching out details, in charcoal, on our canvases. Then we painted over the sketch and began adding color until our paintings were complete. I really enjoyed mixing the paints and layering the paint on the canvas. It was fun to learn a new skill in a new language.

My painting of de heide. In the upper left corner is the photo I used as a guide for my painting.
My painting of de heide. In the upper left corner is the photo I used as a guide for my painting.

Kunst

Let’s talk about art (kunst in Dutch). Art is not exclusively found in museums. In fact I found quite a lot of art by just walking around town. Art is in parks, train stations, buildings, and many other places; you just need to keep your eyes open. Below is some art I have found whilst wandering.

Haarlem
A window in Haarlem
Amsterdam
A statue in Amsterdam
Buurtatelier (an exhibition of art by Dutch children)
Het Buurtatelier (art by Dutch children, this painting and the next four are in a tunnel under the Muiderpoort train station)

trein station kunst 2

trein station kunst 3

trein station kunst 4

trein station kunst 5

I found this face on a bridge.
I found this face on a bridge.
Gedeeld verleden, gezamenlijke toekomst (shared past, common future). This art installment is in Oosterpark in Amsterdam
Gedeeld verleden, gezamenlijke toekomst (shared past, common future). This art installment is in Oosterpark in Amsterdam
De titaantjes (Little Titans). Oosterpark, Amsterdam
De titaantjes (Little Titans). Oosterpark, Amsterdam
Another statue in Oosterpark
Another statue in Oosterpark

Delft: Home of Royal Delft, Vermeer, and Burial Place of William I of Orange

My parents visited the last week in February and during their visit we went to Delft. In addition to the sites we intended to visit (Royal Delft Factory, Vermeer Center, and the tomb of William I), we encountered the local Carnaval parade.

A cool piece of art at the Delft train station.
A cool piece of art at the Delft train station.
Delft Train Station
Delft Train Station
Delft building tiles. I only recently discovered that Royal Delft made tiles for construction.
Delft building tiles. I only recently discovered that Royal Delft made tiles for construction.
More lovely Delft building tiles.
More lovely Delft building tiles.
Delft Lion tiles
Delft Lion tiles
Delft Eagle tiles
Delft Eagle tiles
Window made from Delft building tiles
Window made from Delft building tiles
This dress was created in collaboration with Delft artists and a designer to make it an original and one of a kind Delft dress.
This dress was created in collaboration with Delft artists and a designer to make it an original and one of a kind Delft dress.
Delft shoes
Delft shoes
Delft mark of authenticity
Delft mark of authenticity