MY BRUSH WITH HISTORY

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palace TheDam Amsterdam

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Last year May
some historic things happened in the Netherlands,  my country or origin.
At the Palace at the Dam in Amsterdam (above) was where the new king and queen were inaugurated. A new king and queen rule now after three generations of queens.

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Het Keerpunt (Point of Return)  in Amsterdam
(once was a party theatre)

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My own historic moments took place 3 weeks after the inauguration
to introduce my art for the first time in the Netherlands (up till now every
public painting event had been in the USA).
It was the kind of art that was banned from the churches after Martin Luther
(not by him actually, but by his zealous followers).

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Centrum  in Heerhugowaard

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Not only did I have three painting shows in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Heerhugowaard,
but also  three weeks of art dialogues and workshops in these two cities and town.

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Multicultural

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My approach to the workshops were (still are) multicultural, any skill level and
multi-generational (from 5 years old on),
because we can learn so much from each other.
True, in the beginning some felt awkward (especially the teens)

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*What kids have to say is just as important as the opinions of adults

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but as soon as everyone began to paint, the love for art took over.
That’s what I was counting on. I trust art like my back pocket:)

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For the workshops it paid off big time to have done art therapy.
Several times I intervened when people’s creativity was blocked, because some heavy things were going on in their personal life.

Art must take on more meaning than self -expression
or painting what one sees:  a landscape, an abstract,  or portrait.

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Back to a look at history: in some aspects I would like things to remain the same,
such as the natural way to irrigate the fields

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For Mandarin Orange I texturized the tulip fields in PS with painting daubs and posterize

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Wouldn’t want to change anything about the actual tulip fields either , would you?

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Thanks to All the Hosts
Blue Monday  *  Mandarin Orange  Travel Photo  * Whim Windows & Doors  *
Our World  Nature Notes  * Blo-Ma  *
ABC- S    * Water World  Outdoor Wednesday  *
Thurs. Little Things  * Share the Joy  Up and Down View  *  Alphabe -A  *
Sky Watch  * Floral Friday Foto  * Fri Photo Journal  *
Weekend Reflection  * Pink Saturday * Maleviks Garden  *
Sunday in my City  *

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49 thoughts on “MY BRUSH WITH HISTORY

  1. Hi Jesh,

    Oh, I do love those tulip fields just as they are! Thanks for sharing today.

    I’m looking forward to reading your comment on my blue rehab post. Please come back.

    Have a Happy Blue Monday!

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  2. Young people in my family seem attracted to art, then it’s hard to figure out how to make a living at it, so art therapy is a consideration. The class seems really fun, I hadn’t really thought about art being a connection between expressing emotions and skill level. I like the tulip fields with and without filters, but just wish the critters here like voles and squirrels would allow me to grow them more. A few of the species tulips are apparently not appetizing enough and slip through.

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  3. How exciting to have taken your work into Europe. It looks as though your workshops are well attended. Art for all ages. So true. My 93 yr old mother has just painted me a beautiful birthday card. She has only recently taken up painting!

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  4. Wow! Three painting shows and workshops! Must have been fun… that painting of the tulip fields is spectacular, not that the tulip fields needed transforming.

    Leslie
    abcw teams

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  5. Congrats on the art show and in Amsterdam no less! Sounds like a great workshop too. I had no idea about the changes in leadership there. We here so little of that news.

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  6. I remember when you posted about your art shows and workshops in the Netherlands! The tulip pic is lovely — I just missed their growing season when I was in The Netherlands years ago…

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  7. I love your feeling about the importance of young peoples’ opinions. Art was so important to my Mother over many years. I sit now surrounded by her paintings and therefore her heart…. Michelle

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  8. Such beauty and I love your interpretation of the tulip fields. What an honor to get to exhibit and lead workshops in your home country (interesting bit of history I didn’t know about too.). I just know you are a wonderful teacher/facilitator.

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  9. It must have been quite a thrill to be giving workshops in the Netherlands. I’m glad I visited from Alphabe-Thursday.

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  10. Historic moments don’t come along every day. Yours sounds fabulous! Isn’t it wonderful the impact of art on people 🙂
    Happy SIMC

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