Pretty pigments

Christopher RobinOur Town Arts

Delft, home of Vermeer and world-famous Royal Delft Blue Pottery, seemed the perfect place for Robin to locate paint pigments. Wishing to try her hand at mixing her own colors, the local art stores were not the answer. Try De Goedkoope Verf Winkel (translation “The Cheap Paint Shop”) on the Beestenmarkt they said.

With windmills, millions of tulips, scenic canals and medieval towns, there was much to see and photograph on our recent trip to the Netherlands. However, what really set my photographic eye on fire was this 143-year-old paint shop. Decades of built-up linseed oil, an ancient scale with scoops along with the jars, barrels and boxes of various pigments made this a museum of paint.

While Robin negotiated, I photographed. Returning the next morning for more time, I knew exactly the post-processing to finish this image. Brighten it up, saturate the colors and give it a textured painterly effect. I hope you like it.

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph that captured their interest in hopes that it will also capture yours. They have a small studio and gallery in the Phoenix Building at 418 South Gay Street where you can stop and see their work. Their website is All works are copyright protected.


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