The Lockdown but not in art.

People must be getting so frustrated with the Corona virus. The word Corona belies the horrible truth it holds. The word itself flows so nicely and is so perfectly balanced with equal consonants and vowels. It really did not strike fear when I first heard it pronounced. Now, it holds the world at ransom but what can one do?

On reflection about the debilitating Corona pandemic I decided to again change the scroll because for a long time I have been looking for a wall where I could hang a very large painting I did back in the time when large paintings were normal. Australia is a large country and has so much space. It is not surprising that artists produce large paintings here in this wide open country of ours. Mind you, Mr Van Rijn did a similar large painting called The ‘Nightwatch’.

Rembrandt van Rijn Night Watch Painting Art Wall Print POSTER UK

My own and much more modest but large painting has been looking for a wall since it was created but sadly spent many decades searching but ended just resting against  walls and till now, never was hung.


My large painting before going to be hung.

Unfortunately ,even though I now finally found a wall for it,  moving the painting was not easy. It is larger than a Queen size bed. Readers might remember that the configuration of my stairs would not allow my bed to go upstairs. I bought a slatted bed in a flat pack instead but did manage to wriggle the mattress upstairs.

The painting is even larger than a bed and stubbornly refused tot go upstairs.  I had to partially take the canvas of its stretcher to lessen the width of it. This was a tedious job with taking out dozens of staples in order to peel back the canvas from its wooden stretcher. It even then would refuse to go upstairs and I had to cut across a batten as well, hence the hand-saw in the picture below.


Of course, this wall was already occupied by my scroll of etchings but the scroll and the large painting could not be on the same wall. I had no option but to get back on the large ladder and remove the scroll and suspended it on the opposite wall. It was not easy. It looks good there but the change has taken away the previous pleasure of having to bow before it in due obeisance to the art of my etchings. A friend of mind thought some of the etchings were ‘rude’, ‘it has fannies’, this friend said. And another one shows a couple cavorting as well, the friend added.



I looked but did not really see that. Perhaps I lost the concentration on ‘fannies’ some time ago, and as for cavorting, it was always ridiculous and for mature people, sound of mind and some even with wisdom, to put themselves in such physical contortions in order to grind groins together is laughable, let alone for someone nudging 80. Who thought all that up?


The painting was reassembled and has now been hung and it looks magnificent. The scroll is on the other side.




Left side of painting


Right side of painting

It is so large that an iPhone camera can’t  possibly capture it in one shot. I will try and make a video if that helps. Of course having escaped falling of the ladder I don’t want to end up rolling down the stairs taking the photo! I can’t get enough distance to get the whole painting in one photo.

I am so happy. The painting finally found a wall.




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19 Responses to “The Lockdown but not in art.”

  1. freefall852 Says:

    Truly, Gerard…you have suffered for your art….I once proposed this same statement about my artistic constructs to my good lady…and she reflected a moment on the possibility and then quietly commented that perhaps there could be those who would say that I haven’t suffered enough…

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, the long suffering artist is a bit of a joke, really. In many cases it is the viewer who suffers most. When we went to see a national museum of classical paintings my children could not get away soon enough. It was all so ‘brown’, they said.


  2. Sandie Says:

    What pleasure it gives to see something that you laboured over now on display for you to enjoy each time you go up or down. Although not an artist, the quilting I do for myself and my walls also gives me pleasure. But gee Gerard take care on that b…..dy ladder. Wish I could brag about hanging up my “etchings”

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Of course quilting is an art, how dare anyone deny that! When do I get an invite to look at your quilting? I would love to have one on my bed. It will remind me of you, Sandie.
      The ladder is now resting in the garage where once the painting rested.


  3. Dorothy Brett Says:

    Will you take a photo showing it hanging on the wall. BTW I saw the Night Watch in the art gallery in Amsterdam and got a personal talk about it from the man who was guarding it. Did you know it was commissioned and then found to be too big, so Van Gogh et al the width reduced. Also that his daughter I’d in the painting and also a dog, which was put there to fill a space. That art gallery is sensational, even the reception space is huge, and the cafe just divine. It’s exactly six years since I was there.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Mr Van Rijn was the creator of Nightwatch, but he is better known by his Christian name as ,’Rembrandt’. Van Gogh came much later. Yes, that museum is Rijks Museum in Amsterdam.
      Did this painting get attacked by a man with a knife some years ago?

      As for taking a photo. The couple shown here are the best I could do, dear Dorothy. They are on a big wall but within the confines of my stairs.


  4. auntyuta Says:

    ‘Will you take a photo showing it hanging on the wall.’
    I too, Gerard, would like to see the whole picture! 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, the photos are the best I can do, Uta, and are shown on this blog. I will try and take a video walking past it. But even then, I won’t get the whole paining in one view as the camera is confined within the walls of the stairs.
      It is a big painting !

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      • auntyuta Says:

        Please, try a video, Gerard. I imagine, whatever you can catch on a video, for sure would look quite impressive. But please, be careful on those steps! One question: Was there not enough room for this painting on one of the downstairs walls?


  5. janesmudgeegarden Says:

    The painting looks great on the wall, although it would be nice to see a photo of it square on. Mr MG paints too, and we have quite a number of his paintings on our walls (and also stacked in the garage and the studio…..)
    If your friend is worried about ‘fannies’ for goodness sake don’t recommend to him to go to MONA in Hobart. There’s a wall of them there!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, garages are were many of my painting got stored but after our last move we could not take them all with us to a smaller place and I gave many away to family and friends. They are in Holland, Japan and heaven knows where else? Looking back, I should have taken photos of them, but it is now history.

      As for fannies, I think the friend was jesting, she knows about my predilection for the female body, in fact it has for a large degree driven me to art as much as a nice landscape. I don’t know about seeing a wall of them in Tasmania.

      By the way, the large painting is titled ‘saplings.’


  6. berlioz1935 Says:

    You are adventurous my dear Gerard. I know the Nightwatch from a documentary on it and fell in love with it. For a moment I thought you have print of it.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      No, I don’t have a print of Nightwatch, but they are readily available on-line. I might have to go back and put a stronger screw in the wall.
      Thank you for thinking I am adventurous, I do take care though. Just getting fed up with all this Corona business.

      You and Uta are examples of living to the full too.


  7. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    YAY!!! I’m so happy your painting is on the wall for all to enjoy! 🙂

    If you can safely take a video of it, please do so, I’d love to see it in it’s entirety! 🙂 But, if it is not safe for you to do so, we’re good with the photos.

    Poo-Poo on your friend saying some of your etchings are rude. 😦
    Personally, I think fannies and cavorting are just the sort of thing we should be focusing on every day. If so, we’d all be a lot more joyful during these Corona days. 😉 HA! 😛 😀
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  8. gerard oosterman Says:

    I took a video but posting it on my blog is beyond my limited expertise. I put it on ‘facebook’, which I thought was a remarkable feat.
    Yes, of course fannies and cavorting makes the world go round. It certainly has driven me to a large extend, certainly more interesting than collecting stamps or playing cricket.

    The corona has a lot to answer for.


  9. rangewriter Says:

    You are a determined fellow! But, your reward is being able to see each of these pieces of art each day. I’m glad you stuck with it and got them properly hung. Don’t worry about getting the big one in the phone frame. You have it on it’s own frame, be happy with that. And you gave us a clear idea of its beauty and scope.

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  10. gerard oosterman Says:

    Thank you so much. Yes, I suppose special cameras with wide angle lenses might be able to get the whole painting in one frame.

    My grandson is coming tomorrow as I think I have to put a stronger bolt into the wall. The present one seems to have shifted downwards a bit. I don’t want the painting to fall down. ( ‘Dutch painter killed by own painting’, would be the headline in the papers.)

    I do too like the sunny colouring of that painting. Going down in the morning it gives a cheerful start of the day.


  11. shoreacres Says:

    I’m glad you offered the title of the painting — it seems to suit it very well. And I understand the difficulties of photographing it in its entirety. A certain distance is required to get the whole picture — and not only where paintings are concerned! I think that’s part of the reason the Corona virus is causing so much impatience and unhappiness. Apart from its obvious threat, it’s hard for us to get “the whole picture” — for any number of reasons.

    Well, on we go. A little rearranging isn’t the worse way to cope, and I suspect having both the scroll and the painting to muse over will be a very pleasant experience. Now — just keep that darned ladder where it is for the time being!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      So far the painting has remained on its hook and after a few touches and tapping it hasn’t come down.
      It certainly has improved my up and down the stairs trips and if anything, the works keeps me alert, possibly prevent me from stumbling.

      As far as the Corona virus. Now Corona is the first word that gets uttered either on TV, radio or on the streets. A second wave is upon us and we were doing so well. First it was no face masks, now in one state it became obligatory overnight with a $ 200.- fine if anyone dares to not wear a face cover.

      Laws are made/ changed and enforced on a whim without consent, parliament or discussions. Lockdowns, no lockdowns, partial lockdowns, the army is involved. The people are nervous and even eye contact is furtive, but as yet no reason for possible transmission.

      It is best to stick to gardens, nature and nurture. Spring is on its way! It is the only item of importance for now.


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