Our local Antiquarian Bookstore, de Bovenste Plank (The Highest Shelf) is hosting an art sale by Brigit Viegen, a local watercolourst. Brigit does some very evocative pen and wash works of villages and people throughout the area: you can see examples of her work at her website here.
I really like the depiction of the Maas from Stenenwal lane, above: you can compare the view of the arcing Hoge Brug to the reality.
And British painter David Hockney is having an exhibition of his recent landscapes at the Kunsthalle Wuerth, a gallery in Schwabisch Hall southeast of Frankfurt, Germany. The exhibit of over 70 landscape works and will be showing through late September.
BBC One recently aired a related episode of Imagine featuring Hockney’s return to Yorkshire and to plein air painting, showing the creation of the works.
He’s 70ish, but has the ideas and enthusiasm of someone half his age: I hope to retain the same creativity and energy over a lifespan. The scene at the upper left, Green Valley, that demonstrates his characteristic style, home after years in Los Angeles. The scene right is an example of his recent experiments superimposing photographs of trees over painted landscapes. It’s fascinating to watch him work to get the colours of fields and skies correct, and the way that tree branches flow from his brush, running commentary on art and life all the while.
“This curmudgeonly Yorkshireman is going to slosh on the paint till he drops,” comments Michael Glover at The Independent. There are worse ways to live.