Saturday, August 17, 2013

Plein air painting in Dreischor

During the local Flax Day in Dreischor in the Dutch province of Zeeland I went for plein air painting just outside the village on the "Weg door het Dijkwater" (Road through the Dike water) to find a nice pasture with brown cows. The reservoir was build in the past to shelter sea water during spring tide and storms. Since the dramatic flooding of Zeeland in 1953 the Delta Works protect the backland by dams, sluices, locks, dikes, levees, and storm surge barriers and so since then this reservoir isn't in use anymore for the purpose it was build.

Tijdens de lokale Vlasdag in Dreischor (Zeeland) ben ik even buiten het dorp gaan openlucht schilderen aan de Weg door het Dijkwater. Dit bekken is destijds aangelegd om overtollig water bij springtij en stormen op te vangen. Sinds de dramatische overstroming van Zeeland in 1953 zorgde het Deltaplan ervoor dat Zeeland sindsdien werd beschermd door dammen, deuren, sluizen, dijken, landophogingen, en stormkeringen en dus is dit reservoir niet meer van nut.




Today I went plein air painting in Zeeland (NL), forcing myself to get it done before the light/weather changes. Temp. 23˚ C, ferm wind.


Still have to practice a lot...



The cows showed up en mass when I finished my painting. Another reason to paint this scenery again but than in the studio with the image on the laptop next to my easel and forcing myself to paint this landscape within 90 minutes max.

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