Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wandering The Netherlands

Such beautiful skies and low horizons~ the Netherlands is about clouds, wind and water. I always believed that Dutch landscape paintings were splendidly composed but such big, perfectly shaped, and arranged clouds didn’t exist. They do. The landscape is cool and green, with every verdant tone represented. Canals subdivide the earth, and the landscape is dotted with horses, sheep, and cows.

Amsterdam, Haarlem, Delft are ancient waterways with marvelous architecture. There are many canals where the water is only inches below the doorwayof the shuttered brick and stucco houses. A brigade of houseboats line the waterways. Such captivating visuals summon the muse of inspiration~

Melody Phaneuf is well known for her evocative landscape, still life, and portrait paintings. Her paintings are regularly on view at The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury Street, at Fenway Studios, Boston by appointment, and North Shore Art in Gloucester from May through October. Phaneuf has exhibited her paintings at The National Arts Club in New York City, Galerie Herouet in Paris, and with Art du Monde, in Japan.

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View of Alkmaar, Jacob Van Ruisdael

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