Beautiful Amsterdam

Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby majid » Sat Sep 02, 2023 8:24 pm

It has been a while since I have come to the alluring Amsterdam to join the Digital Society School 20-week traineeship. It is really challenging for me as I come from a totally different culture and background. Everything is new to me and I must learn anything from scratch. Today I spent some while producing some paintings in watercolor to tranquil myself and get used to the new home. All small postal-car-size papers and here is the result. It would be nice to have your feedbacks though.
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby ntxdave » Sat Sep 02, 2023 9:22 pm

Nice work Majid. :thumb:

Hope you enjoy your new home.
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby majid » Sun Sep 03, 2023 12:00 pm

Thank you Dave... It is far different from a touristic holiday though...
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby Mike Amos » Sun Sep 03, 2023 12:04 pm

While it is a working (What we call a bus drivers holiday) trip, it is good to see you taking the time to smell the coffee.

Cracking pictures thanks for showing them to us.
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby gullfo » Sun Sep 03, 2023 2:35 pm

the secret is to make sure you're taking advantage of the mass transit system and weekends. i was fortunate enough to spend about 9 months of a year there and walking around on the weekends, and playing in the open mics around the city (thereby meeting people as well :-)). it's not a big city (like London for example) so on a weekend you can cover quite a lot of territory and really see the small shops and restaurants etc that are missed when taking taxis... renting a bike is nice as well but there is a "stolen bike" problem (mainly the city takes the bikes then resells them -- but that's a different discussion :-) )
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby majid » Sun Sep 03, 2023 3:33 pm

Thank you Glenn for sharing your experience! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby majid » Fri Oct 06, 2023 11:36 am

Some fresh sketches.
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby majid » Sun Oct 15, 2023 8:34 pm

Today the weather was volatile, sunny, and rainy...and I had some spare time (thanks to a supportive friend, here) to go out for sketching. Here is the result.
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby ntxdave » Sun Oct 15, 2023 9:07 pm

As always Majid, your sketch is great. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby majid » Sun Oct 15, 2023 9:27 pm

Thanks a million. An unseen friend here bought me some spare time. I appreciate it.
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby Mike Amos » Tue Oct 17, 2023 2:00 pm

Thanks for showing these mate. They are wonderful and brighten up every day. :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby majid » Tue Oct 17, 2023 3:46 pm

Special thank to you Mike, you made it possible.
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby majid » Mon Oct 23, 2023 10:07 pm

Today was a foggy day. The Amstel River bank is part of my route to university. I took several pictures and now painted one of them. I realized that those similar nuances of the colors are really hard to grasp.
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby andybot » Tue Oct 24, 2023 1:32 pm

These are lovely sketches, thanks for sharing them here!
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby HornOxx » Tue Oct 24, 2023 6:25 pm

...yes, all these works are not only of impressive quality but above all so beautiful!
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby majid » Sun Oct 29, 2023 7:10 pm

This is why I have some spare time to do sketches ( as I also sell them for a low price that helps me pay the rent):
I think this post well deserves a dedicated topic, and during the last two months, I have been thinking to reveal it or not. Or do I have permission to reveal it or not; Finally decided to share it and this is the story:
One of our virtual community (Sketchucation) members, as far as noticed that I am moving to the green continent (for the course I have attended), approached me and did a great job that I may never ever find a word to show my respect and gratitude for.
Despite the living facts that we all are facing, he is sending me a financial aid each month, (that is almost the same as my monthly salary that I lost as I quitted my previous job to join the course).
I am overwhelmed, and during these dark days that we are facing nowadays (conflicts, wars ...) this is what gives meaning to the words such as "humanity", "prosperity", "generosity", "sympathy"...
Mates, this is so overwhelming... so overwhelming... so precious and invaluable.
I hope soon to be able to do something for him.
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby ntxdave » Sun Oct 29, 2023 7:23 pm

Glad that you have found a place where you (and hopefully you family) can live in peace. Also glad someone is able to help you financially. :thumb:
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby majid » Wed Nov 29, 2023 11:39 am

My course is really tense, by the way, I managed to dedicate 15 min each day for several weeks to do a painting of Her Majesty Queen Maxima.
https://x.com/GiftedMajid/status/172917 ... 59734?s=20
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby ntxdave » Wed Nov 29, 2023 3:51 pm

Really great painting Majid. I wish I could go something like that.

BTW: On the website you name was Magid. :)
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby majid » Wed Nov 29, 2023 5:35 pm

ntxdave wrote:Really great painting Majid. I wish I could go something like that.

BTW: On the website you name was Magid. :)

Oh man, thank you for nice compliments.
Yeah it is Magid intentionally, as Majid is pronounced similar to magic...
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby ntxdave » Wed Nov 29, 2023 5:42 pm

majid wrote:Yeah it is Magid intentionally, as Majid is pronounced similar to magic...

Thanks for that info. I was pronouncing like Maheed. :)
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby gullfo » Wed Nov 29, 2023 6:06 pm

nice work! does she really only have one arm? ;-)
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby majid » Wed Nov 29, 2023 6:59 pm

Ah, I just realized that... It was really tough to reach 100percent similarity using watercolor, and this is the reference photo:
https://www.royal-house.nl/photos/official-photographs
https://www.royal-house.nl/binaries/lar ... n-olaf.jpg
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby majid » Mon Jan 01, 2024 9:42 pm

Happy New Year all!
I wish you a very happy healthy wealthy new year!
Some new watercolors.
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby ntxdave » Mon Jan 01, 2024 11:04 pm

Very beautiful indeed. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby majid » Mon Jan 01, 2024 11:35 pm

Thank you Dave! It seems I am getting better at it.
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby majid » Sun Feb 04, 2024 2:02 pm

On Jan 24th we delivered our project "SportyVerse" and received the certificate of course completion on 26th. Now I am living in Munich, for just a few weeks, applying for a proper job (as an architect, CAD/BIM specialist or rendering expert in Germany / Netherlands).
So less spare time. Today I had the chance to spare some time and do this. The Basilica of Saint Nicholas in Amsterdam is one of my favorites.
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby ntxdave » Sun Feb 04, 2024 4:47 pm

:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

I wish my mind could conceive things like this.

Again, :thumb: :thumb: :puke:

BTW: Good luck in Munich. :D
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby majid » Sun Feb 04, 2024 9:00 pm

Thank you, Dave!
Munich is charming city also, and more color in the sky,... I was stuffed with grayish sky :)
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Re: Beautiful Amsterdam

Postby majid » Wed Feb 07, 2024 1:46 pm

Last day came across the St. Johann Baptist church, near my brother's stay. Did this for a friend in Munich.
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