Holland. Landscape oil painting of Amsterdam canal in the main shopping district. Visiting Holland or
Netherlands as some prefer, looking for a perfect landscape painting setting was not the hardest thing the artist encountered. Rather it was, which of these should one paint and capture in colors forever that will do justice to this heavenly country. Should it be the tulip fields, the iconic windmills, the dams, the canals, cities, fashion? What single painting could define Holland? In the end the idea of a single unifying painting was abandoned for a while.
Returning to the hotel in Amsterdam, it was a post dinner walk on the waterfront which made things
clearer. Right in the middle of the busiest shopping districts was a Holland in a collage waiting to be
painted. The waterfront had it all. The typical architecture of the buildings, beautiful trees swaying
in wind, canal on the sideline, people in their finest attire walking besides the boats in the canal,
carefree cyclist moving up and down the numerous bridges as the fragrance of flower vending stalls
filled the air.
And a painting was born. As it was an amalgamation of images, each element had to be carefully painted and the proportions were to be kept in line. The top of the buildings was detailed so as to bring out the architectural significance but the bottom of the buildings was abandoned to now let the trees take over the painting. As soon as the trees started to take shape, their lower halves were blackened to make way for the shops with bright red and blue colors to signify the shopping district element. A silhouette of a single walked in fiery red was used to bring out the fashion element of the city. Boats can be seen only to be dwarfed by the waters of canal which have been painted in a rather dark blue to signify the predominance of water over all other elements in Holland, with the dark representing both the good and the bad that the water brings to the country. The sky and the background color were left bright and clean to balance the color texture and to keep the focus on the elements below. Finally the painting was rounded off to show continuity of the city and its elements. The painting ended up as a satisfying work given the background in which it was envisaged. Hope the viewers also feel the same.
French Canadian artist Doris Cohen’s art and paintings. Doris Cohen is a gifted and trained artist whose painting styles include abstract paintings, impressionism paintings, surrealism, expressionism, still life landscape paintings, nature, floral and realism paintings. A part of her collections of original paintings is now available for sale through this website. All original paintings come with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist herself. These oil on canvas paintings have no replicas or duplicates. Fine art paintings prints and posters are also available for sale. Doris Cohen is also an accomplished stained glass and glass art artist. Her fine art studios, ArtPaintingStudio and Artsonglass are based in Ontario, Canada.