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Top 10: reflections – drawn and painted6 March - 2021
by Femke van Leeuwen
For this blog we have selected the top 10 drawings and paintings with reflections from Online Gallery's artists for you.
1. Illusion 2, Market Hall, Rotterdam
Bert Hermans paints industrial and cultural heritage. He wants his paintings to be special experiences, which he creates by the use of vivid colours and light. This is also the case in the above work about which Hermans says: “This painting was made after an early evening stroll from station Blaak to the library passing the Market Hall in Rotterdam. In the glass facade of the Market Hall the apartment building at the Hoogstraat on the opposite site was visible. The evening sun reflected the building in the glass of the Market Hall and this reflection with the background of the ceiling of the Market Hall formed the inspiration for the painting called 'Illusion 2'”.
Feike de Vries drew this “enchanting light and reflection at a waterfall in the forest” with pastel on paper, as De Vries describes his work ‘Waterfall’. The snapshot of the waterfall shows the fascinating shapes the water creates and the vibrant colours of the landscape it reflects.
Leo Wijnhoven is a master painter in contemporary engaged realism. His work is about social, economic, political and scientific developments in our post-modern world. Wijnhoven's ‘Selfie’ has a somewhat melodramatic atmosphere; with his clothes on he stands in the water and looks, lost in thought, at his reflection in the water. The sunlight coming through the clouds and the yellow T-shirt still give the painting a warm look.
4. Rainy day
A rainy day, captured with acrylic paint and yarns on canvas by Anneke Dekkers. The combination of these two media makes the circles formed by the rain an interesting picture. You can see that it is raining because of the movement in the colours of the paint. The yarns reinforce this by following the curves of the circles and allowing the colours to run through the painting.
5. Twickel I
‘Twickel I’ by Margo de Jong is a natural landscape captured with oil on canvas. The work creates a spectacle of vertical lines, formed by the trees and their reflection in the water. The play with light and shadow makes it a cheerful sight; the sunlight plays on the trunks of the trees and their leaves and makes the water sparkle.
6. A girl in the mirror
Serghei Ghetiu painted the above artwork of a girl and her reflection in a mirror. It is a large portrait in a realistic, classic style. Ghetiu’s work is known for detail and deep colors. In ‘A girl in the mirror as well, the details, such as the girl's hair and the way the fabrics fall, are neatly displayed. The warm ocher yellow and burgundy red provide a nice contrast with the cool deep dark blue wall.
7. Wild peaches
Realistic fine painter Lianne van der Plaat shows how beautiful simplicity is and how you can experience warmth and tranquility in it. She works with oil paint on panel as the old masters used this craft and combines this with feeling and atmosphere. In her work ‘Wild peaches’ the viewer's eye is guided directly to the warm colours of the peaches by means of the vignetting. The atmosphere is set by the dark environment as well as the reflection on the reflective background on which the peaches are placed.
8. Under the Pier
‘Under the Pier’ is a linocut on canvas by Nicholas Peter Bartlett. The minimalist composition is ideal for the medium. We see a part of the pier, some posts, the water and the reflection. The print gets character from the way the linoleum is cut; the current of the water is clearly visible, as are the shadows and the like on the pier and its posts.
9. Impression of moving water & reflection
‘Impression of moving water & reflection’ is a digital painting by Tony Walling. “I love the shapes and forms that slowly running water makes. When you have some added reflections giving the impression of trees and vegetation, the scene becomes even more interesting”, Walling says.
10. River in Spring
John O’Sullivan lives and paints in Kenmare Co Kerry, Ireland. His art is abstract and impressionistic, inspired by the landscape and sea views of Kerry and the west coast of Ireland. His ‘River in Spring’ is an abstract impression of the many colours and reflections in a river in Kenmare. The artist works with oil paint that he applies to the canvas with a palette knife. “It makes my paintings more energetic and vibrant and helps to capture light and evoke movement”, says O'Sullivan.
Visit the artists' pages for more information about the artworks.
Header image: Bert Hermans – ‘Illusion 1, Market Hall, Rotterdam’
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