Saturday, April 18, 2015

Van Gogh Museum, On Being Late, GWP

This post is mostly about visiting the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam and very little about anything you might see inside since it is absolutely verboten to take any photos (except in front of a few large blowups of THE SUNFLOWERS on the landing you can taket a selfie).

Solli was navigating that morning and promised it would take us just 15 minutes from our B and B to get to the Vah Gogh.
Ha! One hour later we arrived at the Rijksmuseum just in front more or less of the VG museum...mostly less.

When you travel with a tall person you must run to keep up. And No, I did not lose any weight with the constant running because we kept eating Dutch apple cake.

Granted we did take

The scenic route

To the VG museum.
Admittedly ALL of Amsterdam is scenic..

Once there by 10:00 the lines were already horrendous.
We had special passes that got us in entrance #4 fortunately. Still picking up our passes was no easy thing since the Staff Entrance was completely covered with renovation never mentioned to us. Luckily some staff came along and let us in. We got our special passes and then had to go around to the front of the building (another 15 minutes) to enter.
Oh la di da

This is the main floor of the Van Gogh museum - shhh a stolen shot.

This is the 2nd floor - another stolen shot taken from the elevator.

A shot inside of the Van Gogh museum elevator! Was I being filmed?

A close-up of one of my favorite Van Gogh drawings on the elevator wall. Solli and I split up since I have visited the museum maybe 10-15 years ago and that was enough for me.
I went straight up to the bookshop on the 3rd floor.

I drooled over several books, buying a couple (in Dutch and for kids) because I liked the pictures. My fav still life again.

Have I mentioned we are both congenitally late?
The plan was this:
We would meet up in 50 minutes at 11:00 on the ground floor on one of the two big benches Solli designated.  
I even arrived 5 minutes early.
No problem.
At 11:15 I figured, OK, give her extra time with the Van Goghs. Be a little generous. Who knows when she will be back again?
No problem.
At 11:25 I was beginning to steam.
I bent down to pick up my Kiehl's yellow polka-dotted bag on the floor and I hear my name called out,
There is Solli sitting on the other big bench. She has been there since 10:55. What to do?
One isn't even allowed to be annoyed when the other person has not in fact kept you waiting.
Very frustrating to say the least.
These things happen when you have a traveling companion. You simply have to laugh it off. Haha

Outside that VG museum Solli spotted big pots of tulips.
Our chance to get some tulip pictures!!!

I agreed,

Though frankly I could have cared less.

Still I knew I would have a bargaining point up my sleeve

To request we visit the Van Beek Art supplies shop, not so far from the VG museum. The folks in the bookstore gave me directions.

And a very lovely art shop it is too

With items on SALE, something you rarely see in France in any store except during the Solde. In fact they had those extra large pans of Winsor and Newton watercolor I like so much but left behind in NYC.
AND they were on SALE! Hooray.
I painted some little Van Goghish versions of the teapot still life for anyone who wishes to subscribe or renew their PARIS SKETCH LETTER SUBSCRIPTION. A little gift-with-purchase (GWP) you might say.
So that was our mostly uneventful visit to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. 


  1. I'm sure you enjoyed every minute and how can you be in Amsterdam and NOT care about taking a few shots of Tulips :) and look at the reward you got W&N lge. pan paint in the sale. A great post Carol

  2. You sound like my husband and I, arranging to meet and missing each other! The tulips are lovely, thanks for stopping long enough to shoot some.

  3. The Van Gogh still life with blue table cloth was new to me - and splendid.
    Gosh how I hate waiting for people - it makes me very grumpy indeed.
    Europe does seem more quality of life friendly than the good old US of A....

    Hope to see you in England in May?


    1. I Hate waiting too Elizabeth, yet I am usually late though never for trains or planes.
      I need my head examined...oh wait. Been there, done that.

    2. Solli says we were late to the museum because I had to look in every window on the way and never stopped chattering.
      All of this is true ;(
      Google says our jaunt should have taken 16 minutes only.
      Oh well...

  4. I have absolutely NO sense of direction..I would have started to Asterdam.. in a museum..and I am not able to find my guide/freind?
    Tears..after 1.5 hr..tears.
    I know because once I had a signing husband drove me and my daughter came along for the ride..they dropped me off and I was to call her cellphone when done..I did..mailbox full!!
    The sgning took all of twenty they were shoppig the streets of Montreal..while I was in a God forsaken part of town..:(
    Thankfully a really nice homeless person came to talk to me.. and he told me his was his chice etc etc.. I had $5.00 and gave it to him and we chatted.. but before that I was in tears..anyways they finally showed hysterics..because of what I was doing..they said they would never leave me alone again.I moved to the country when I was 20..I know nothing about cities..etc..
    I am really the worst person to have to take care of.
    But Ican follow..happily..
    Your renderings are gorge Carol!Your shadows:)Love.Or as one of my daughters would say:"me lovey"..
    Parrot tulips are my favorite..more than fringe etc..

    1. Oh you underestimate all of your many gifts Monique so I dont believe a word.
      Yr watercolors are terrific!

  5. Dennis4:35 AM

    thank you for your posts and I am so glad you had a wonderful time. I hope you will return when the tulips are in bloom.

  6. LOVE the teapots!!
    So I am not the only one who takes forbidden pictures in a museum? Carefully and discretely, of course !

    The art supply store looks lovely - all those colors ! Thanks for this peek at Amsterdam.

  7. Lovely! I so want to return to Amsterdam and do a tulip tour!

    1. The crowds in the museum were discouraging. When I visited, it was not at all crowded!
      But the art shop was yummy. Luscious, indeed.

    2. Definitely more people now. It was renovated recently.

  8. Catching up on your Amsterdam trip -- one of my favorite cities, by the way. When I saw the "late" in the title, I thought you might mean April Paris Sketches are late. Have they been sent yet? I saw the one you did with my name (Happy, Joy!) but nothing has arrived yet and usually they are earlier. But then, I know life happens. Thought I'd check!

    I would simply explode with joy in that art shop!

    1. I just sent you an email Jeanie re: Paris letter.

    2. Hi Carol -- email today? Didn't receive. Do you have the right address?


  9. cyndi from SD10:33 AM

    Loved all your pics and can identify with a lot of your experiences on your trip.My friend & I took the bullet train from Gare du Nord to AMS on Monday 4/6 for a couple of days.Amsterdam is as beautiful as I have heard.But,watch out for those bicycles!!
    Then we jumped on our 3 night Croisi Europe river ship cruise ending in Antwerp.
    We did tour the Keukenhof,and though not at it's peak,many beds had lots of blooms.Knowing that this was our only opportunity to go,we were happy with the garden.
    I kept my eyes open while on the Ile Saint Louis,and at Notre Dome for Easter Mass.No Carol sighting
    This is getting long,but I did use you your blog to choose some new fun places to visit on this trip.Merci for that.

    1. How abt emailing me instead of wishing, though I did look for an Australian author once on rue Montorgeuil or rather her little dog. We are all silly ;)

    2. cyndi from SD9:54 AM

      I was actually kidding just a little.But next April,expect an email,and maybe some treat from SD (chocolate chips,or whatever you'd like).

  10. cyndi from sd10:59 AM

    You know that I mean't Notre Dame.
    By the way,I am the proud owner of two pink aprons,and two broken macarons bags.I will share with friends.
    My friend saw your post,and I said "take me there".The items were not on display,but when I asked for them he looked a little surprised.Since he had to go downstairs to get them,I said just bring 2 of each.As he was ringing me up he asked how I knew about them.Of course I said because of you.He smiled,and there may be an extra piece of chocolate in your future.Merci

  11. Judy J11:32 AM

    I ��LOVE�� that you went straight to the bookshop on the 3rd floor! That's what my daughter Beth and I have done all our lives.

  12. wanted you to know how much Ive enjoyed your postings from Amsterdam!! Your still life painting looks beautiful!

  13. A lovely post as always. If you're still there and have time, the Katt Kabinet cat art museum is charming.

  14. Yikes! That bench waiting mishap once happened to my hubby....but I am glad you managed to get a little deposit into your favors balance with the tulip photos.

  15. I took lots of pics at VGM last May. I was at the special exhibit of works by Felix Valloton, which I loved. Maybe it's just Vincent's work that's off limits. Always love your posts.

  16. I'm loving your Amsterdam posts! What a fun adventure.

  17. I love tulips, especially the ruffled ones and your pictures are so beautiful.

  18. Thank you for your sneak peek in the VG museum!

  19. Leslie in Oregon6:52 PM

    Carol, please explain how or why visiting the Van Gogh Museum 10-15 years ago "was enough for" you. Are you not a Van Gogh fan, or is this particular museum too crowded for your viewing pleasure? I was also puzzled by your "frankly I could have cared less" comment about seeing the pots of tulips. (Or did you mean caring less about getting some photographs of tulips?) Just curious... Appreciating your posts as always, Leslie

  20. Bonnie L7:52 PM

    Loved your Amsterdam posts. You have inspired me to get to Amsterdam, tout de suite!

    Your April Paris Sketch letter was gorgeous, as always! Particularly liked all the little goodies you enclosed; all regarding chocolate no less! Made me very happy. Next year will have to re subscribe in Bob's name so he has his name on a watercolor. But then, he has your Dernier Goutte watercolor so he is WAY ahead!

    Wish I was re subscribing now for one of those gorgeous tea pot still lifes. Nice work!

  21. I love the exteriors - the tulips, the canals, the sunshine - more than the museum! It seemed like such a hassle!
    At least you didn't have your camera spotted!
    Nice watercolors, too!

    1. Tanks Nikon!
      Yes no arrests were made in the elevator ;))

  22. Carolyn2:54 AM

    Love your water colors at the end. I too wish I was resubscribing now! I can just imagine how frustrated you must have been, waiting on that bench, only to find that Solli was doing the same:). Enjoy your nice weather!

    1. I will do more Van Goghish Bonus watercolors for later subscribers!
      Who knew they would be a hit?

  23. Very amusing and enjoyable post ... Your rendition of the Van Gogh is fantastico!


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