expressionist artist Tanja Koelemij
 

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September 2022 On the easel

Painting away in my studio. Making a serie of flowers in several sizes, open for commission!

September 2022 Walldecoration in the collection IXXI

Welll....didn't make it all the way to the van Gogh Museum in the contest but you can find my work in the collection of IXXI. Van Gogh keeps beeing a great inspiration!


https://www.ixxi.com/nl/wanddecoratie/tanja-koelemij-pollard-willow

https://www.ixxi.com/nl/wanddecoratie/tanja-koelemij-tulips-ii
https://www.ixxi.com/nl/wanddecoratie/tanja-koelemij-tulips







August 2022 Still thinking about Vincent, trying not to forget about me!


What if van Gogh, while living in France,  would have painted tulips? What would that have looked like? Since I didn't want to copy to much I've tried to build on this idea. I know back then the tulip wasn't as common for the public. And that part of the attraction for van Gogh was that he found beauty in everyday things. But what it was?

The combinations of all that yellow, turned out to be quite the challenge for me. But I've found it so interesting to study and to make. While van Gogh has always has been a wonderful inspiration for me, this time I looked at his several sunflowers hundred of times closely. Trying to still express that strong link with van Gogh's work. 

For my landscape painting with the willows, I also looked closely at several pieces of van Gogh. For my landscape I looked closely at a less known sketch of van Gogh's willows (with strong horizontal lines), Starry Night and Starry Night over the Rhone.  Also his wonderful painting Terrasse du café le soir, Place du forum was in the back of my mind. This piece has always made an impression on me. Probably not so incidentally I have used this idea many years before when I made several paintings of the night at the cafe downtown where I've meet my husband. 



July 2022  work "Seascape, new beginning" selected


My painting "Seascape, new beginning΅ has been selected for the theme "Blue" by the site "Oh my prints", feels always great to have been picked!  https://www.ohmyprints.com/de/album/Landschappen/49825/49692






July 2022 Challenge


I have been hard at work in my studio. The right painting is finished (sold right away, happy with that), hard at work on the left piece. Looking for those colors and movement. I might turn this one in for a Vincent van Gogh Challenge. The assignment is to make a new work with is based on a work of van Gogh. So I thought to myself what it would have looked like if Vincent would have painted tulips instate of sunflowers.  Of course van Gogh has always been most inspirational for me but to actually copy him is turning to be impossible because it's like changing my handwriting, I can not! So doing the next best thing! But I'm also making an other painting for this challenge, a landscape, once that piece will be a little further along I will post pictures.



25 and 26 June 2022

For 2 days I will be one of the painters on Haber Festival IJmuiden, (Trawlerkade, IJmuiden, the Netherlands). This festival is all about fish, art and cultuur so I hope to feel right at home! More info on these festivities you can find on www.havenfestival.nl. 




On the easel. Painting away!





4,5,6 June 2022

You are invited to visite the first "Kunstroute" (art route) on 4, 5 and 6 June 2022. The are several gallery's, studio's and art locations in Velsen (Noord-Holland, the Netherlands) who are participating on this route. If you like to see my work, it will be shown on Raadhuis van de Kunst, Torenstraat 7, Velsen Zuid. 

For more information please visit www.beeldendkunstenaarsvelsen.nl



May 2022

Working on this bigger piece in my studio. I'm using a picture of the dunes near the place I grew up. It feels like a good place to let emotions go. It's a bit of a mess but is my mess! 


I'm sure I will work on it some more tomorrow, I will probably put paint on a big piece of the work and again use the wet in wet technique to hopefully give it even a better flow.

 



Studio April 2022

Guess where my new art studio is going to be, doesn't it look amazing!! 

I will be sharing this wonderful space with 7 other artist in Velsen Zuid in Noord-Holland (in the Netherlands). The name of the place is called "Raadhuis van de Kunst", it used to be the old City Hall of the city of Velsen. Starting the month May, I'll be moving in. 




Foodpainting  April 2022


I've lived near the sea my whole life. I'm not that aware of it but when I'm away from the beach, I miss it. With my food paintings, next to breakfast, fish and shellfish are my favorite subjects. I think my enthusiasm for it must show, because these are one of my best selling pieces. This month I have made 2 new paintings, one crab, and the other, a lobster, which I'm still working on. I'm going for bright colors and I think the work should be painted in thick layers with a quick brush, so the movement shows. Just a moment in life captured forever. 




Commission Portret February 2022

Commission portret 60x60 cm 

 

 



"Twin painting" January 2022

I have started to work on a little commission piece. One I'm really enthousiast about. This client bought one painting and then decided she would like an other, fitting painting to go with the first. Together with the client we designed the second painting, all by email and sending each other pictures with ideas. 

The right one is the finished painting, the left one is just a colored sketch, just to be used as an example. And unfortunately the table is not visible in this picture. I'll place a picture of the finished piece when it is finished, maybe even on her wall!


Portrait on commission December 2021

So I´m a maker off landscape and still life but still I do other work as well. As a matter of fact I have done many, many things. I have worked in decor on windows with clay. And for a period of many years I have mostly painted buildings. Still all in expressionisme. Now I have agreed on a commission of a portrait... I will show you soon!




 Commission piece Tulips  November/December 2021

Working on a commission piece in my little studio. This painting has the measurements of 70x90 cm. This painting has been picked my client to recreate an (original) other painting of mine. The original piece is a lot smaller but I love working big. A bigger piece needs a bigger movement in brushstroke, I think that is great to do. But this piece will be a little different than the original. So not an exact copy. It will be hang in a group other paintings which will include an other work of mine. My client told me she wants a little of my "gekkigheid", I guess it translates in that she wants a little of my craziness! 

I'm showing you the process and my search. I start but then change everything! For me that has never not happened, so totally normal!

Start: It needs more blue in the vase and more yellow or ocher in the painting. And maybe one more tulip but I'm pretty happy withe the result so far. 

Second: Changed everything!



30 August 2021 website Dutch Artsy Souls

I recently joined forces with "Dutch Artsy Souls", a great Dutch artblog and shop. Thank you Kristin! https://www.dutchartsysouls.nl/nature-art/


26 August Werk aan de Muur

The websites "Werk aan de Muur" and "Oh my prints", which sell photos of my paintings", put me in the spotlight, find out more on https://www.werkaandemuur.nl/nl/expressionistische-stillevens-van-tanja-317155


5 July Gallery

One of my paintings was bought by a gallery in China. I've shipped it out and this piece will be arriving in China later this week or in the beginning of next week. I hope they will like it!



6 June 2021 New owner 

This (older) work found great new owners this week, happy they are happy!


25 May 2021 Expo Het Volkshuis Leiden till June 12

Because of Covid 19 restrictions my expo in "Het Volkshuis Leiden" (in Leiden, the Netherlands) was closed, now it's open again and you can see 25 of my pieces until the 12th of June! 


27 March 2021 Sold and making a new!

The left piece "Spacious" ("Ruimte"), I made 3 weeks ago and sold 2 weeks ago! Inspired by this and the attention it got because of the online gallery of the Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar I started a new! Well I'm not there yet but just wanted to show the proces. I will continue till I find that balance!

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15 March 2021 Sold!

 Always great to sell work, these pieces went abroad to Italy, I hope the buyer will enjoy them!


Raising money (March 2021) A friend of mine, Alida van Leeuwen, is always helping artists and now she is helping to organize raising money for the ALS foundation. I just think she is so wonderful for doing so and I was happy to donate a still life to this initiative. I hope the foundation will collect a lot of money which will help the people with this decease. More info on(https://www.kunstvoorals.nl  ahttps://youtu.be/ND25ak679gc


At Work Happy to work on commission on a 70x90 cm canvas for a Dutch client. They told me they will hang the piece in the kitchen. Good fit! Though the clients have picked it because of a previous work I had made I'm still making it one off a kind. Let call it painting in series! Now lets hope they will like it!


 

Sold! Of course I'm always happy with commissions or to sale work, especially when they get such a beautiful place in Italy in a new home!

 

February 2021 On the FB page of Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar Yesterday my work "Ruimte" (meaning "Spacious") was picked for the online FB page of the expo of the Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar. My work with black and white cows in the field I had only finished earlier that very same week! The expo of the Museum "Weids" (meaning Wide) is all about showing landscapes of the north west of the Netherlands (landschappen van Noord-Holland). My work is the one of the 2 paintings picked between a whole lot of pictures! www.facebook.com/stedelijkmuseumalkmaar/photos/a.3599690883399430/3709941802374337


Expo at Volkshuis Leiden I'm happy I was invited to show 40 pieces of my latest work at Volkshuis Leiden (in the Netherlands). This expo started in November 2020 and will last till the end of January 2021. Of course you are welcome to come and visit. Please check the openings hours and the rules about the Coronavirus regulations on the website of the Volkshuis  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRLh_Wrbiso&ab_channel=BplusC     


Prints

 For prints etc in the Netherlands please go to https://www.werkaandemuur.nl/nl/beeldmaker/Tanja-Koelemij/49825

In Germany please visit  https://www.ohmyprints.com/de/kuenstler/Tanja-Koelemij/49825

In France please go to  https://www.ohmyprints.com/fr/artiste/Tanja-Koelemij/49825


Prices original pieces

50 x 40cm 275 EURO 

See anything you like? Interested in other measurements? 

Please send me an email or a DM 


Painting adventures

I really started my painting adventures many years ago when I first experimented with many, many (many, many) forms and styles of painting and drawing. I mastered several techniques but was it interesting enough and what was I trying to say? I always was passionate about my work and I was fortunate enough to expo my work in several galleries. But later I stopped painting for several years. I felt I was working to forced searching to hard. Two years ago I started again, this time I try less to worry what other people might think of my work solely focusing on my passion!