Amsterdam

Enjoyed wandering around Amsterdam with no particular place to go. Sketching the architecture, passers by and trying to capture the cyclists whizzing past.

Ended up at the boeken markt in the Spui. Leafed through some old books and sat and sketched the visitors and stall holders.

Visited the Jewish museum. There are often great exhibitions here. Currently there’s an exhibition of Saul Leiter’s work ‘New York Reflections’. Was fantastic to see his photographs and paintings. Loved his colour photos from the 1950’s and 1960’s. He socialised in ‘The Club’ which was the watering hole to the Abstract Expressionists including DeKooning and Pollock.  His photographs showing fragments of New York street life have an instant appeal. Wonderful use of colour and composition and he often uses reflections and intersecting shapes and colour fields. The Haircut (1960) seen here is one of my favourites.

Next stop Cafe de Jaren to meet a friend. Before, I sat on the balcony and sketched towards the cinema. It’s getting darker earlier now and it was nice watching the sun go down. The sky turned pink which made for a very pretty view.

http://www.jhm.nl/english.aspx

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