Amsterdam Workshop | Day 10

September 4, 2018By Costa Vavagiakispainting abroad

6/10 | Sunday On our last day we let the participants vote on what they wanted to do. Half stayed with Rick and painted along the Prinsengracht Canal. The rest went with me on a day trip to Haarlem to visit the Frans Hals Museum. It is the home of the largest collection of Frans … Read More

Amsterdam Workshop, Day 6

August 31, 2018By Costa Vavagiakispainting abroad

6/6 | Wednesday Day trip to The Hague to see the amazing artworks at the Mauritshuis. This museum features such stunning paintings as Vermeer’s View of Delft and Girl with a Pearl Earring, Fabritius’s The Goldfinch, and Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp.

Amsterdam Workshop, Day 3

August 28, 2018By Costa Vavagiakispainting abroad

6/3 | Sunday Our workshop participants started to trickle in. Rick and I went to Vondelpark (the Netherlands’ largest park) to select painting locales. Met and greeted the workshop participants at our hotel. Had a first night meal at Restaurant Haesje Claes for a classic Dutch dinner.

Amsterdam Workshop, Day 2

August 27, 2018By Costa Vavagiakispainting abroad

6/2 | Saturday Our hotel was in the Centre Canal District, a great location! We wandered the narrow cobblestone streets along the wide canals and over bridges that divide the 13th- and 14th-century and 17th-century buildings of Amsterdam to survey plein-air options. We selected two locations for everyone to draw and paint: spots along the … Read More

Amsterdam Workshop, Day 1

August 24, 2018By Costa Vavagiakispainting abroad

6/1  | Friday Flew into Amsterdam with Rick Brosen to get oriented and scout locales to draw and paint for the workshop group. Rick showed me places he experienced when he first visited the city as an eighteen-year-old. This trip was at least his tenth, but only my second. The first time was thirty-five years … Read More