by Angeline Rijkeboer
(Blaricum, the Netherlands)
Acrylic on canvas, 70x60 cm.
As you probably will have noticed, I usually paint animals. But this time I made this landscape for the change.
When I visited the isle of Rhodes a few years ago, I saw this beautiful, old little church.
I used the photograph I made as an example for my painting, although I didn't just make a copy, I tried to make a romantic impression of the church.
I made the walls look old and weathered by dabbing them with a sponge:
I started to make a dark underground, then I sponged several colours on it (blue, green, yellow, orange), let them dry and repeated this a few times.
After these colours were dry, I added several transparant white and yellow washings, at the sunny side of the church, in order to make the contrast between sun and shadow.
This really was a challenge, but I am very pleased with the effect.
The background, the trees and the flowers are all painted from my own fantasy.
I hope you like it.
Thank you for your comments.