This little painting of Tishke is oil on canvas about 20 X 30 cms and is one of the first of my so-called "yellow series", started last year . Since I left Cyprus in 2005 I have gone all Van Gogh sunflower yellow. In Nicosia I used dark reds and flesh and neutral colours mainly.... You can only understand what you do in retrospect. It seems clear to me now I was trying to import - as an antidote to all that Benelux grey - the bright Mediterranean colours I was missing. When I was there I did not want to reflect them. Nor the minarets, palm trees and bouganvillia. Now I am here the windmills, canals, cows and rain-soaked cobbles are absent... as are the soft dissolving pinky greys and the slate colours of the North Sea. Place seems to register in my work as something to deny or escape. Anyway, the sketch of Tishke was a good way to escape. I am lurking reflected in the background....
Between the trees. Doetinchem, The Netherlands - After a very VERY wet morning the sun came out in the afternoon, what a treat !! Tussen de boompjes. Doetinchem, The Netherlands Oil on panel. 30 x 40 cm.
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