Traditional houses of Zaandam

August 29, 2015 We walked along the Zaan river today.  Starting in the 17th century this area was heavily indistrialized.  At the peak of windmilll usage there were 635 in the immediate area, draining fields and running factories.  The mills powered lumber, paper, oil, flour and other factories.  Here are some fine examples of the houses … Read moreTraditional houses of Zaandam

Monet’s “Blue House in Zaandam” and a sketch of a man with beard. Peter the Great’s House.

I guess I did not do enough walking yesterday, so we walked to downtown Zaandam. I photographed one of the houses Monet painted. It no longer looks the part, as you can see. There are about 35 Zaandam houses by Monet. There is a map you can use to see them all.  I saw one … Read moreMonet’s “Blue House in Zaandam” and a sketch of a man with beard. Peter the Great’s House.

Tall Ships 2015:  Miniatures Paintings and Drawings

[Every 5 years 3-5 masted sailing ships, most of them training vessels, come to Amsterdam.  We sat on the side of the North Sea Canal where I sketched.  And ate pofertjes!  (Small pancakes).   Here are my drawings and paintings from that event.

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Broeke in Waterland, one of Hollands picturesque villages

Broke ( (pronounced ‘brook’) in Waterland is definitely in Waterland, not only  because it is in the municipality called Waterland but because Waterland is aptly named.   The village is about as small as you can get- little more than a row of houses along a canal.  But what houses! Here we are standing on the bank near … Read moreBroeke in Waterland, one of Hollands picturesque villages