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Monday, July 23, 2012

Roos Schuring

Posted by Charley Parker at 10:46 am

Roos Schuring
The landscape in the Netherlands, particularly in the lowlands, is largely sky.

This seems to suit contemporary Dutch plein air painter Roos (pronounced like “Rose”) Schuring just fine.

She loves to portray cloud filled skies of all kinds. Though she paints in all weather and conditions, she finds particular magic in the dramatic skies just before and after storms.

This is evident in her recent seascapes, in which the coast of the Netherlands seems to readily accommodate her preference for skies full of roiling clouds, rich with subtle colors and value changes.

Looking back through her blog, you will also find subjects like rows of farmed flowers, fields, livestock and streams.

In particular, she returns often to the same water meadow and paints it in different light and atmospheric conditions, a practice favored by Monet and Pissarro, and one I particularly enjoy. You can also see the tradition of cloud studies from sources like Constable’s oil sketches, and of course, the great Dutch landscape painters.

Schuring lets her thick, textural brushstrokes add a physical dimension to her portrayal of cloud forms, and her “gray” skies have a wonderful variety of depth and color.

There are a few videos of Schuring painting on location. Though they are unfortunately not professionally filmed they still show her working methods and give a closer view of her painting’s surface than the smaller images on her blog.

There is an interview with Schuring here, conducted by Taryn Day.

Schuring has a website in addition to her blog, but it serves mainly as a source of links to her other sites. Most of the images of her work are on her blog. There are additional images on her Facebook page, and in galleries on the Daily Paintworks site and the Fine Art America site.

Schuring has collected a year’s worth of her seaside paintings into a book published through Blurb: A Year of Seascaping: Seascapes 1. (When viewing the preview, use the fullscreen icon to the lower right of the preview window.)

She teaches workshops specifically in seascaping, the next one is September 24, 25, 26 in Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands.

It seems that many contemporary plein air painters are disappointed when the skies are overcast or threaten rain, but for Roos Shruring, that’s ideal painting weather.

10 comments for Roos Schuring »

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  1. Comment by David Brasgalla
    Monday, July 23, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    Wow! So inspiring, and I love finding out about someone I didn’t know of…

  2. Comment by Frank Grau
    Monday, July 23, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

    Some very nice landscapes there. Thanks for sharing those.

  3. Comment by aashish
    Tuesday, July 24, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    Great stuff!!

  4. Comment by mar selderijk-box
    Tuesday, July 24, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    Roos Schuring is the first Lady of PlainAir painting in Holland.
    We are very glad and sooo proud of her.

    When you are in a bad mood, look at her paintings and your worries and sorrows will be reduce! Sorry for my English., but I’m sure you understand!

  5. Comment by Bill Sharp
    Tuesday, July 24, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    I love Roos Schuring’s work. Thanks for this article.

    BTW, Roos has written an article for the latest issue of the online magazine “Artists On Art”

  6. Comment by Charley Parker
    Tuesday, July 24, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    Thanks, mar. We understand, and agree. (Your English is very good, just add a “d” for “reduced”.)

  7. Comment by Josie Ray
    Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    beautiful. peaceful. introspective.

    love the cool blues, whites, greys.


  8. Comment by Roos Schuring
    Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    Thank you very much Charles Parker!!

  9. Comment by Adebanji Alade
    Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    Thanks for sharing-she is class!!!! I just love her work!!!

  10. Comment by W.Bissky
    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 1:39 am

    I have bookmarked your site and visit it often. The images combined with your techniique is absolutely masterful. Although the setting is different , the vastness and drama of your skies set against a never ending horizon is deeply reminiscent to me of my youth on the Canadian prairies. Thank-you for sharing your gift.

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