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Buy Clingendael – 16-03-23 Coffee Mug Art Print by artist Corne Akkers available at Artist.com. Check out the Coffee Mug Art Print collections available at Artist.com.Love Doing Landscapes This graphite pencil drawing ‘Clingendael – 16-03-23’ follows shortly after my last one of Castle Wittenburg two days ago. Frankly I just love doing landscapes again. I can’t wait to go outside and see everything in bloom. Nice weather for shorts and a pint on a terrace after scetching. Even though it’s not so dire cold anymore Spring hasn’t arrive yet. April can be unpredictable in The Netherlands as well. Anyway, the next coming 6 months will be grand and I yearn for sunshine that comes with them. Well, I can’t go much further in my present painting in progress. I simply have to wait for my regular model who’s in the art work, to model for me. Just some quick checks and adjustments. A nice time to practise my sketching techniques in between. All about Values This one is also done within two hours. I didn’t want to overproduce it even though the depiction of leaves can be a challenge. Especially when they are stacked behind eachother like in a scenic landscape. Sometimes you can’t make head or tail of where a group of leaves end and another in the back starts. In other words, leaves on a tree in the foreground seem to melt into the background. The more when coloration is excluded and obviously this drawings is monochromous. Therefor I decided to fade the treelines in the back with a stumper a bit. The three trees (actually 6) serve as repoussoirs to push back the meadows behind them. Through the rhythym of light and dark tonal values in the grasses and rhododendrons the attention stays there. I even managed to suggest the barbed wire hence with some cows behind it. Clingendael This drawing is not the first depiction of Clingendael I made. It’s quite near by and I often dwell there, especially in season. The last one was in August 2022 . That one depicts the hill and canal in the back of the estate, this one is near the entrance. There is a path that leads to the Japanese garden. That’s the one you see in front of the fence. Imagine yourself walking there. 200 meters farther at the left you will step into the Sterrenbos with the most beautiful forest of rhododendrons in it. When the sun shines right through the trees in May it almost sets the blossoms on fire. Heavenly magenta! Graphite pencil drawing (Sakura 0.5 mm, 4B) on Winsor & Newton Bristol board paper (21 x 14.8 x 0.1 cm – A5 format) Artist: Corné Akkers
My work can be seen in many countries all over the world. I employ a variety of styles that all have one thing in common: the ever search for the light on phenomena and all the shadows and light planes they block in. My favorites in doing so are oil paint, dry pastel and graphite pencil. It is not the form or the theme that counts but the way planes of certain tonal quality vary and block in the lights. Colours are relatively unimportant and can take on whatever scheme. It is the tonal quality that is ever present in my work, creating the illusion of depth and mass on a flat 2d-plane. I combine figurative work with the search for abstraction because neither in extremo can provide the desired art statement the public expects from an artist. Besides all that, exaggeration and deviation is the standard and results in a typical use of a strong colour scheme and a hugh tonal bandwith, in order to create art that, when the canvas or paper would be torn into pieces, in essence still would be recognizable.
I teach art (drawing / painting) at Voorburg, Netherlands where I have my second studio next to my first at The Hague, Netherlands, where I live.