Some time ago, I visited the Singer Museum in Laren. Aside from the exhibition itself, a series of self-portraits adorned the walls. One struck me in particular; it had a very specific style and use of colour. It wasn’t till half a year later that I found out it was actually Heleen’s. Her style had already made a deep impression on me then and there. Our first painting was a View over Muiderberg, overlooking the beach and harbour. The scene is of a late September day, where the bluest of skies are the backdrop for children playing happily in the sand. It was exactly what we described to Heleen and we were instantly taken by it. The painting often made us head out for a walk, just to see what the beach would be looking like that day. Now that we are no longer Muiderberg-inhabitants, we’ve ‘filled the void’ by acquiring another painting, a View over the Muiderberg waterline, depicting our much beloved Zeemeeuw. Her painting style made me so curious that I decided to take lessons at Heleen’s atelier. I loved it; the entire process of painting, of translating the image in your brain to paint on a canvas, is such a brilliant challenge. She always knew exactly what it was I was struggling with and showed me the next step to get through the maze. Our most recent assignment was a View of Vlieland, a gift for my parents. It holds all the elements we love so much about the island; the golden greens of the grasses along the salty shores, the ships anchoring on the shallows, the harbour and the ferry boat. My parents loved it because it tells the story we love so much. As do the other paintings we have of Heleen’s. We hope to enjoy them for years to come.
Today we bought in the Hague (carré galerie in de Passage) a special painting from your hand (van 100×100) which make us very happy. We wondered if you could point out where you have painted itor is it a fantasylandscape? We like to hear from you.
Geachte Heer M.,,
First: thank you that you where triggered by one of my dearest paintings. I must tell you honestly, that I didn’t understand why this painting was not sold sooner. Probably the large scale, which makes an attribute to the dramatic weather of the time.
Paintings in this large scale I cannot paint outside, certainly with this kind of weathercircomstances.
But that may be not the point.I was inspired on the coast of Walcheren, Dishoek, looking to Zoutelande. The wavebreakers have dissappeared with the flood. I was there last week, the beaches there are the most interesting of the Netherlands, I think. the coast in Holland is very different, along the Zeelandbeaches, the Zuidholland beaches, Noorholland, the islands in the north.
I hope you recognise this feeling, or else, that you can enjoy of the play of sand, sea and light that can be so special in the Netherlands.
I wish you very much joy with your purchase, and I am very confident that it has found a place at your wall!
Everybody is loaded nowadays with Christmas wishes and happy new years.
I thought: not from me this time, although I wish everybody the best in the coming year of course! I spent my free time making winter pieces, for coming in the mood. If we see rain outside in January, a bit of snow and ice on the open waters and the field must do the rest.
Okay, I didn’t go outside for painting, just photographing. Although the colors you must keep in mind… the photo gives you not that..
This weekend I painted on the beach in Domburg. The weather is changing all the time, from very windy and rainy to blue sky and high temperatures. Nice for painting, but I chose this time for the warm and sunny day on the beach. A painter must pamper herself now and then!