study- acrylics on board- ©copyright Gert Jan Veenstra
De hemel grootsch en grauw.
daaronder het geweldig laagland met de plassen;
boomen en molens, kerktorens en kassen,
verkaveld door de slooten, zilvergrauw.
is mijn land, mijn volk;
dit is de ruimte waarin ik wil klinken.
laat mij één avond in de plassen
daarna mag ik verdampen als een wolk.
I think of Holland, I imagine polders as far as
the eye can see, with grazing cattle, windmills and farms, weeping
willows and the sky , the endless, breathtaking sky with the most
beautiful cloud formations you have ever seen . . . . . ah Holland
I saw this painting by Dutch painter Gert Jan Veenstra on the net
and I got tears in my eyes. I had not been home in many years and
the paintings of this extraordinary artist made me feel to take
a plane right now and BE there, in that meadow, with that peaceful
feeling, bees buzzing around, the smell of summer in the air ........
used to do this: take my bike and ride into the polders, opening
one heavy wooden gate after the other, then closing them carefully
behind me again
( for the cows not to get out ) and finally
just lying in the grass at the slope of a small dike, playing with
grasses and little frogs, just savouring the moment. Wish I could
go back again to that moment in time.........
then ....... I was there
! I went back to visit home after almost 19 years and I met Gert
Jan and his lovely wife and children. His paintings are every bit
as beautiful as they look on this page. Come and visit Gert
Jan with me....