The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, series 1

I loved the Rijksmuseum. The layout is orderly, lots of light, the museum isn’t too big and the galleries are very spacious. But if you go out to get lunch at the cafe, realize that you have left the museum and have to get in line to get back in again. Nice cafe, though. But a bit crowded. The best thing about the museum is the art. Gorgeous.

Dutch Ships in the Calm William Van de Velde

Dutch Ships in a Calm William Van de Velde

Dutch Ships info

Cornelis Cornelisz. The Fall 1592 1

Cornelis Cornelisz. The Fall 1592

Okay, here are some close ups because while I was in Amsterdam on the houseboat, I was doing a lot of digital painting on my Bamboo. And discovering how hard it is to do feet. Check out these toes. (I know the photos aren’t too sharp, sorry, but you have to work fast in a museum so as not to annoy people and you can’t use flash.)

Cornelis Cornelisz. The Fall detail 1

Cornelis Cornelisz. The Fall detail 1

Then I was also trying to paint a torso from a life pose I had in an ebook I bought. Found out really fast how hard life drawing is. I spent about 20 hours on it and it didn’t turn out. Apparently, according to a friend who’s an artist, I need to take a life drawing class where they will teach me about anatomy and technique. Here’s what a stomach is supposed to look like:

Cornelis Cornelisz. The Fall detail 2

Cornelis Cornelisz. The Fall detail 2

Check out this sculpture. You don’t see this kind of thing in every museum.

Greyhound Quellinus 1657

Greyhound, oak wood, Artus Quellinus 1657

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