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.
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.