Wednesday, July 3, 2013


This painting I painted in the building "Het Keerpunt" (the Turn Around) 
in Amsterdam, the Netherlands


This painting is about feeling a small insignificant part
of the big machine called Amsterdam
The reflection of Amsterdam seen in
its many canals of the city
but yet, also a small part
can have spheres and ripple effects of influence
on the globe if all moving parts are working together. 

Amsterdam is seen with a visionary eye
and therefore painted in blue
It's borders (historically seen, only cities had city walls) 
in purple for its association with royalty
and the concentric, ever widening circles
in yellow to red for a cheerful happy brightness

Listening to what my audience has to say
while I am in the process of painting
one of the most rewarding sides of painting

This painting was painted while I was in Amsterdam in June when I was having an exhibit of twelve of my paintings, a Dialogue with people under thirty years of age, and a workshop.
Among the interested, at least six people came to me afterward, who were artists and had exhibited themselves, but had become stuck afterwards. I loved to be an encouragement for them.

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  1. it looks like an eye to me looking out but also taking in

    1. I like that! In the beginning I was planning to make an oval, but because of the concentric circles, it made more sense to me to make it the shape of an eye. Thank you for your comment!

  2. I SEE where Gerald is coming from.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. Roger, your play on words make me smile! As well as your comment (on blog Mysteries) about the Dutch joke about the 4th of July - never heard that one before!

  4. very cool that you got to be an encouragement for them...its a cool painting and i have felt like that small cog in the large machine as does look like an eye with an upside down reflection in it...its cool...

  5. Hi Jesh, such a pity I couldn't see your paintings. The time we spent together was too short. But I am glad you came to see me. I wish you and Jacob a very happy week.
    Wil, ABCW Team

  6. A smiling eye! and such happy colours: sun and sky


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