Wednesday, August 2, 2017

At the cafe


"At the cafe"
24x30 cm/ 9.5x11.8 inch
oil on panel
EUR 110 / $125
 

I made this painting from a few pictures I made from the restaurant from where I was sitting with my family. When the people moved around, I noticed interesting poses, which I could use in my painting. I couldn't resist making a picture of every different pose, every passing interesting bicycle, ambulance, runner, pizza delivery guy, etc. My family went nuts, no phones at the table, right? Yes, well, except for making pictures :)
 
 

 
 


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sitting outside, cityscape of Tilburg


"Sitting outside"
6x6 inch
oil on panel
$60
 

This painting is made based on my trip to Tilburg recently. Wouldn't it be fun if people recognise themselves in this painting :)
The sun was out, it was one of those nice warm summer days.


Saturday, May 27, 2017


"Canal in Delft"
6x6 inch / 15.2x15.2 cm
oil on panel
$60
 
Delft has such attractive spots to paint. The Dutch houses, growing trees, canal and bridge and the clouds just topped it all off.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Strantent in Kijkduin


"Strandtent in Kijkduin"
24x30 cm / 9.5x11.8 inch
oil on panel
$125

One of the first warm days of summer 2017, people on the terraces, kids playing in the sand. It was a beautiful day.



Friday, May 12, 2017

brasserie interior, Delft and on the lookout, Rijswijk


"Brasserie interior"
24x30 cm
oil on panel
$125
 
This painting is based on a restaurant in Delft, the Netherlands. After visiting the Vermeer house with prints of his paintings, I got inspired and saw paintings in everything. This was the first place I went to afterwards. Great light, cosy atmosphere.
 

"On the lookout"
24x30 cm
oil on panel

 
I made this one close to home, on the border of Rijswijk and The Hague. It was a cold day with just bits of sun breaking through now and then. The old shed has a beautiful color in the sunlight so that's what I captured first. The horse was posing for me for at least 10 minutes! I could finish it in the field. What a great day.

Monday, May 1, 2017

seascapes



Here are some seascape paintings I did recently. They finally dried. I like the abstract bits in it, with use of lots of paint, thanks to Roos Schuring who taught me how to do that!






 
"Horses on the beach"
24x30 cm / 9.5"x11.8"
oil on panel
$125
 
 
 
"Beachwalk"
24x30 cm / 9.5"x11.8"
oil on panel
$125
 
 
"Sunset from the balcony"
24x30 cm / 9.5" x 11.8"
oil on panel
$125


Monday, April 17, 2017

moestuintje and other new plein air paintings

 

 "New nest"
15x15 cm / 6x6 inch
oil on panel
$60
 
Right outside my window is a coot on her nest. She and her man have been so busy making the nest twig by twig, this was the first stage of it. I want to make more paintings of the progress over time, I can't wait for the offspring!
 "Moestuintje"
15x15 cm / 6x6 inch
oil on panel
$60

These vegetable gardens (moestuintjes) are everywhere around my house. Every Dutch person will recognise this. You get them with temporarily with your grocery shopping and they are a real hype with the kids at the moment. It's a challenge to collect them all and to see what happens when you pland the seeds. This cucumber babyplant stood in the sun so nicely, bending slightly towards the light.
 "Ducklings"
6x6 inch / 15x15 cm
oil on panel
$60
 
Little ducks everywhere (not the coot yet), supercute! Protective motherducks around them. They are swimming like crazy to keep up with eachother. Survival of the fittest has begun.

 "Eating bunnys"
6x6 inch / 15x15 cm
 oil on panel
$60

So, ducks, bunny's, I am totally in the easter theme. These are my 3 angora bunny's. A quick sketch, they were eating so nicely side by side. I love the fluffy ears of Floor, the middle one, I think the ears improved the composition.

Happy easter!







Saturday, April 8, 2017

New website

Yess, my new website is online, check it out:
www.mirandadalessi.com

I did it all by myself and used jimdo. I will improve it constantly and will add a shop to it ASAP.

Thanks for visiting my blog and hope to see you on my site!
 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

plein air painting

So, I have had the most amazing week paintwise- workshop plein air painting at the beach, with Roos Schuring. The thing I never did and proven to be very useful is the use of a big paletknife. You can add colors quickly, the light changes fast so you have to be quick. Also the colors are much fresher and the strokes get very interesting. If you use the brush after that, you have beautiful marks. I just had to be aware the strokes weren't the centre of attention.

"Beachwalk", 24x30 cm, oil on panel, Katwijk aan zee

Details from "beachwalk"
 








Dragging all the needed stuff around is just a part of the plein air process that gets easier with time.

Start of a new painting.

Best job in the world..

I not only paint horses, I look like one in this picture

 It was cold but rewarding.

Me in my zone.
 
I will post the paintings -when they are dry- in my etsy shop:

Also, I am working on my new website. It was very much time for an upgrade and it should be on air soon.
 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Swimming duck

 
"Swimming duck"
6x6 inch / 15x15 cm
oil on gessobord
$60
 
 
A typical Dutch duck, you see them everywhere. They start building nests now and they swim around my house. The green in their head, the yellow beak and that little blue spot in the feathers is so fun to paint. Also, the water is greenish and the blue reflection from the sky a bit grey-ish, I saw so much color in the water. Painting something makes you look so differently at things. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

duck


"Duck"
6x6 inch / 15x15 cm
oil on gessobord
$60
 
Ducks around everywhere. They look gorgeous in their green and blue colors.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Building a hut


"Building a hut"
8x8 inch / 20x20 cm
oil on stretched canvas
$70
 

In 2 weeks I have a masterclas with Roos Schuring at the beach, I am looking SO forward to that, I'm counting the days. She makes amazing paintings and I have been following and admiring her work for years. I think I will learn great things from her. In preparation, I go outside regularly now to paint plein air. It is something I always wanted but never really dared to do. Out of my comfort zone.
 
This one is from a safe place: my backyard :) Kids are building a hut from waste, the blue color looks good in the still fairly colorless surrounding.
I am lucky I live in a bit of nature in the city, enough to see and paint from here. It is so much easier to get the colors right and it is totally different than painting from a picture or a computer screen.
 

 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

waiting for apples

 
"Waiting for apples"
8x8 inch / 20,3 x 20,3 cm
oil on stretched canvas
$70
 
I love to paint horses, it's my favorite subject, it relaxes me and it almost never gets frustrating. 

 



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Corner coffeeshop


"Corner coffeeshop"
8x8 inch / 20,3x20,3 cm
oil on stretched canvas
$70
 

It was daytime and I passed this coffeeshop in Rotterdam where a man was sitting outside with a sigaret and a drink. You could see vaguely inside the shop.
Add the guys plastic bag, the flowers and bicycle and I saw all the ingredients I would love to paint in 1 painting.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Busy times in Brasserie Brothers


"Busy times in Brasserie Brothers"
6x6 inch
oil on gessobord
Not for sale
 
This is my favorite place to go and so close to home! I made this painting for friends who work there. They always move very fast so I had a couple of nights where I shot many secret pictures, they were all blurry :) A little memory helped me out to make this painting.


Friday, January 6, 2017

New years eve tree burning


"New years eve tree burning"
6x6 inch/ 15,2x15,2 cm
oil on gessobord
$60
 
 
I made this painting inspired by the 'complimentary challenge' on dpw. The purples against the yellows of the fire made it really stand out. Also a bit of blue against orange and a dash of green against the red. Why stick with one set of complimentaries, right? Happy it didn't turn out like a palette of colors. Strange that I hardly used any umber, which I normally use abundantly in my darks. Fun challenge!