Painting, Sketching & Enjoying Arts

Dutch Countryside (in the mist)

The Dutch countryside is often misty during fall and winter so this views are usually dominated by grays. This morning however, the silhouette of the church in Monnickendam was colored in oranges by the rising sun. A windmill would have been probably a more touristic (and expected) background but the fact is that there are more churches than windmills left.

I liked the view very much and decided to paint it in oils. It should have been easy but it wasn’t. I got lost in earth colors and all versions of orange. Also bringing some depth into the mist (where there is actually no depth) was a challenge. Now, after endless layers I still think that my initial version was the best. Not the most accurate, not the best colors but simply the best in representing the feeling. If I could, I would reverse the process. The only thing that is left of the first version is a mobile phone picture.

Related Articles

Holiday Sketch album

Instead of creating a photo album, I opted to assemble a holiday sketch album. Taking photos is undoubtedly simpler, and perhaps  for capturing memories might

Read More

Memories of KRK

When revisiting a place from my youth, I anticipated that my cherished old memories will collide with new experiences. Everything should have undergone a transformation

Read More

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque extends a warm invitation to enter a captivating and beautiful world. It is adorned with a myriad of textures, intriguing

Read More


This oil painting aims to blend stability and movement by depicting feet and a violet skirt. By anchoring the feet to the floor tiles and

Read More


A visit to Oman requires careful planning due to the warm weather. Simply strolling around and exploring a city can be challenging. Consequently, one often

Read More

Pear Tree in June

The petite pear tree in my garden, which bloomed with exquisite rose-white flowers in March, is now displaying its baby pears. These small fruits are

Read More


Artfulness as a lifestyle

I created this blog to share my passion for art but also to keep friends updated on my sketches and paintings. 

My Personal Favourites