Dutch Canal

After several days of incommunicado I am back to hopefully painting and posting daily. The pre-parations and post-parations for a trip, as well as a long trip, some short nights, and the ensuing tiredness took all my time.

This and the next painting were already done before the trip but I did not find the time to post. This Dutch canal with an iron bridge (not sure if it is a draw bridge) and a wood structure (whose function I am not familiar with) is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by some houses and lots of pasture.

Holländischer Kanal * Dutch Canal
Holländischer Kanal * Dutch Canal

Dutch Gracht

Here is no 2 of the 30 paintings for 30in30 challenge by Leslie Saeta.

Holländische Gracht * Dutch Canal
Holländische Gracht * Dutch Canal

The painting depicts a typical “Gracht” or town canal in the Netherlands. This one is in Haarlem, near Amsterdam, with many boats tied to the pier.

The painting is also part of a series on “Dutch Landscapes” that I started in August 2013.


Canal or Reservoir

If then you are wise, you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than as a canal. For a canal spreads abroad water as it receives it, but a reservoir waits until it is filled before overflowing, and thus communicates, without loss to itself, its superabundant water. In the church at the present day, we have many canals, few reservoirs.

~Bernhard of Clairvaux