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I had a short but extremely intense residency in the Netherlands. The first time I have ever been in residency in the country I live in. I was a guest of the Artist Residence Dalen supported by the family Sanders-ten Holte. I want to thank them for their kind support and their belief in my Tree project.
|Oak tree drawing in progress |
These were probably the wettest 5 days I have experienced in the past few months. The drawing above would not dry outdoors. I had to work on plastic sheeting (generously donated by the interior design shop next door) and I carried this indoors to dry, the paper was so damp it took two days to fully dry out. This hadn't stopped me working.
After three days there was a break in the clouds and in those moments I worked under the shelter of these trees (amongst many).
|horse chestnut trees Dalen|
The winds meant that all around the trees were dropping seeds and the noise of falling chestnuts and acorns was audible.
|snack bar Dalen|
Dalen is a friendly, small town. Even for the brief period I was there I enjoyed it and felt welcomed. I would also add on the evidence of the snack bars, outrageously optimistic, it takes a brave soul to eat ice-cream in cool, rainy weather.
|another snack bar in Dalen|
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