Summer 17

THE GARDEN AS INSPIRATION

By Lieuwe Kingma on 22 June 2017.

Lieuwe Kingma: The Garden Path, 2016, acrylic, oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm, private collection

Last year I visited the exhibition “Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse” in the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Inspired by this show - at which I saw a few of the monumental “Water-Lily” paintings by Monet for the first time - I hurried home to start my own garden painting.


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'Autumn along the Amstel'

By Lieuwe Kingma on 4 December 2016.

Lieuwe Kingma: Amstel River II, 2000, oil on canvas, 80 x 100 cm, private collection, Tucson, AZ, USA

One of my favorite running and biking routes meanders along the Amstel River, just south of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Here the river is lined with trees that reflect in the ever flowing water - enough material for inspiration!


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Painting Upside-Down

By Lieuwe Kingma on 26 June 2016.

I am checking the painting upside down

It must have been when this painting was about half finished that I decided to turn it upside-down, in order to look at the composition from a different perspective. As it turned out, I liked it even better this way, so I kept working on it from this "upside-down" position. Below you can see the end result: Orange-Pink Landscape, 2016


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The advantage of a colorful foundation

By Lieuwe Kingma on 24 March 2016.

639 Neck of the Woods I, 2015
acrylic / oil on panel, 9.4 x 11.8 inches (24 x 30 cm)

THE COLOR OF A WOODEN PANEL AS A STARTING-POINT

As you scroll through the recent paintings on my website, you will notice that most pictures are painted on panel. That is not by chance! It is a conscious decision. By using the color of the panel as a foundation or starting point, one gets the middle tone ‘for free’. Below in the first draft you can see how I applied both transparent and opaque brownish acrylic paint layers.This gives you a quick idea of what the final (tonal) painting will look like.

 


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Clouds over the sea

By Lieuwe Kingma on 17 October 2015.

Lieuwe Kingma: Clouds Over the Sea V, 2015, acrylic / oil on canvas, 39.4 x 39.4 inches (100 x 100 cm)

Space

If you have ever taken the ferry to one of the Frisian Islands off the north coast of The Netherlands, or sailed or hiked there (at low tide), you probably still remember the impact of the enormous space surrounding you.  The low horizon and the big sky full of clouds can make you feel tiny amidst the elements. The light filters through the clouds and reflects on the water, creating countless shades of colorful greys -especially when there are rain showers.


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Dutch Light

By Lieuwe Kingma on 27 June 2015.

Composition Black, White and Blue II, 2002, private collection

How the abstract series titled Composition Black, White and Blue, I, II, III, IV, 2002 evolved from a figurative beach scene from 1983.


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Kwelder, Mud-Flat or Tidal Marsh

By Lieuwe Kingma on 14 March 2015.

Lieuwe Kingma, Mud-Flats XXII, 2014, acrylic / oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm

 

UNEXPECTED DEVELOPMENTS


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Standing Model in Interior / Reflection

By Lieuwe Kingma on 30 November 2014.

Lieuwe Kingma: Standing Model in Interior / Reflection, 2014, acrylic / oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm / 39.4 x 32.5 inches

 

Standing Model in Interior / Reflection, 2014

This recently finished painting “Model in Interior” is the latest in a series of variations on the theme Nude / Reflection. Next to other classical themes such as Landscape and Still Life, the Nude is one of my favourite themes.


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A failed painting

By Lieuwe Kingma on 16 September 2014.

NOTHING TO LOSE

Quite often it happens that, after starting to paint on a new canvas, I give up after a few sessions. Sometimes this particular canvas will be lying around the studio for a half-year or more afterward, and during that time I might give it a few more tries.  If I’m still not satisfied, the canvas disappears in the “work-in-progress” pile.  It is from this stock that I every now and again pick up a failed painting and ask myself if it still has a chance of being brought to a successful end result, and if I should therefore give it another shot.


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The river that meanders
through my oeuvre

By Lieuwe Kingma on 18 June 2014.

A virtual exposition

You are cordially invited to this virtual exhibition, which is a tribute to the landscape in which I was born and grew up.  This region is named after the river “The Reitdiep”,  that runs through it. As a motive, “The Reitdiep” has meandered through my oeuvre since I first started to paint.  Here you can see 50 sketches and paintings of this theme that I have completed  over the past 32 years, in chronological order.


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2016 - Lieuwe Kingma