Buy Waalsdorpervlakte – 04-05-21 Metal Print by artist Corne Akkers available at Artist.com. Check out the Metal Print collections available at Artist.com.A Beautiful Motif Last Saturday I came across the outer edge of the Waalsdorpervlakte. By chance I was walking down a small footpath next to the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Nethelands. Suddenly there it was, the motif I was anxiously searching for that day. It was a beautiful tree in bloom and it was set off agains a clear crystal blue sky. I came back from the Nieuwe Scheveningse Bosjes where I only found motifs in weak Spring yellow-green. However, this tree was mesmerizing. I just took some pictures because it was a cold day and I almost froze my hands off. Dodenherdenkingsdag Each year at the 4th of May we commemorate the dead at Dodenherdenkingsdag (Remembrance of the Dead). The place to be is at the Waalsdorpervlakte (Waalsdorp Plain) in the south of Meyendel . It was the very spot where many members of the resistance where shot in the dunes. Now, artists usually find themselves on the outer skirts of society. Therefor I am not your regular participant attending to these commemorations. Instead, I decided to make this pastel drawing to honour the dead and to celebrate life. After all, what a contrast I found: a tragic spot in the past showing so much beauty in the present. Artistry With regard to artistry: I tried to find a way to capture the strong light on the beach grass in the front. That should give me enough contrast to the tonal shadings in the tree. The most difficult part was to create enough depth in both yellow blossoms as well as branches inside. The latter I wanted to set off against lighter ones on the other side of the tree. This way I created a feel of three dimensionality. The blue in the sky I rendered reddish blue in the top and greenish blue at the bottom. I think this creates enough vibrancy due to the fact that these varieties play out their complementary mojo against eachother. It is a trick I pulled before such as in Meyendel – 21-02-15 . An Urgent Whim Saturday and this beautiful tree still were inprinted on my retinae. Obviously this pastel came out in an urgent whim, almost in one session. I wanted to depict Spring so badly and it is what we all long for such a long time. In fact it’s more a feeling of freedom after this ghastly pandemic keeping us indoors for a such long time. Could it be that people in Spring 1945 had the same feeling? A salient detail is that, when I took photos of this tree, I heared shots in de background. There is a shooting range close by. It always gives me the shivers walking on these plains. Ghosts from the past know why. Pastel drawing on Canson Mi-Teintes Touch paper (50 x 65 x 0.1 cm) 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.