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.

City Farms

Mike and I first encountered a city farm or stadsboerderij, located on a green block between two busy streets, in Den Haag. Stadsboerderijen seem to be popular in the Netherlands. Families in particular love to visit these farms so the kids can interact with the animals. The animals are quite tame and seem to enjoy the attention from their visitors (especially if they bring food). You will see mainly sheep, goats, ducks, and chickens in these farms. Some farms are about the size of a small block and others are a bit larger. The photos below are from the stadsboerderij in Zwolle.

animals and barn

sheep

This guy had jumped the fence but seemed determined to stay by it.
This guy had jumped the fence but seemed determined to stay by it.
One of the 4 or 5 peacocks.
One of the 4 or 5 peacocks.

going for a walk