Monday, March 10, 2014

Expositie STA-Art-Gallery 30 maart tot 26 april



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Van 30 maart tot 26 april doe ik mee aan de groepsexpositie "Eigentijds Realisme" in de STA-Art-Gallery in Alphen aan den Rijn. Naast mijn werk is er ook kunst te zien van o.a. Hans Verbeek, Petra van der Made en Birgit de Boer.

De opening is op zondagmiddag 30 maart om 16:00 uur en u bent van harte uitgenodigd.

STA-ART Galerie
Hooftstraat 33
2406 GD Alphen aan den Rijn
0172 769112
info@sta-art.nl



















Onderstaand schilderij, "The green room",  zal voor de eerste keer daar te zien zijn.

ballerina - the green room
"The green room", 50x70cm oil on linen






































From March 30 - April 26 I'm participating in a group exhibit in the STA-Art-Gallery in Alphen aan den Rijn. This painting will be on show there.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Laura, from life



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Last Thursday we had Laura in life painting class, she was a great model to paint.
Young, but with a great presence and she sat perfectly still the whole time.

"Laura", from life, oil on paper, NFS

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Puk



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A recent commission.
I especially enjoyed painting the jeans and the jewellery. 

"Puk", 30x30cm oil on linen, NA

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sanne in weddingdress



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Every Thursdaynight I go to a local life drawing group.
The last two weeks we had the daughter of another painter pose for us in a wedding dress.
I had a lot of fun slamming on the paint for the highlights.
Did some tweaks on the arm in the studio back home.

Thanks for watching.
Happy painting!

Erik

Sanne in wedding dress
Sanne in wedding dress, 50x70cm oilon canvasboard , available

Sunday, January 26, 2014

For the love of painting



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If you're a painter you may recognize this:
Sometimes you want to do a painting, just for yourself, to try a new technique or to just be in the act of painting. Even though you know beforehand that the painting will probable never sell and that nobody will like it, you have to do it, to push you in a different direction, to explore new grounds, to go beyond what you've always done, for the love of painting..

This is one of those paintings
I had so much fun altering skintones on this one and it looked totally wrong from the start but at the end it all got together and I'm really happy with it.

If you notice that in your paintings you're walking the same safe route every time, go stir things up a little and start exploring new ground, it may turn out to be the best mistake you've ever made ;)

Roz Hall by Erik van Elven
"Roz Hall", oil on panel, 24x30cm oil on panel, available

Monday, January 6, 2014

New year resolutions



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First post of 2014!
First of all I would like to thank all the people who are reading this blog, following along or perhaps even buying a painting. I hope 2014 will bring you joy and happiness, in any shape or form.

This year I'm planning to do more painting and drawing from life, so chances are that you'll also be seeing me do some still life work now and then.

This is the first one of the year, 6x6" oil on panel.

Using a limited palette of titanium white, cad yellow pale, permanent alizarin, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue.

Portrait and model

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Painting for Nationaal Muiseum



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I created this little painting for the Nationaal Muiseum-exhibition.

It's very small, 7x7 cm (3x3inch), acrylic on illustrationboard.

"De kleine meester", 7x7cm acrylic on illustration board

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Who is afraid of red, green and blue?



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I started this painting during a recent figure drawing class and finished it at home.
Again, a lot of palette knife work in this one as in the recent Willem Alexander portrait and the
Kristine Henshaw painting.
I loved using the complementary colors of green and red here.

Who's afraid of red, green and blue
"Who's afraid of red, green and blue", 30x40cm oil on canvasboard, original available

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kristine Henshaw for Julia Kay's Portrait Party



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About 70% of this painting was done with the palette knife. It's a difficult tool to master but I'm planning to do more palette knife work in the future since it allows for paint to be applied in a completely unique way.

Kristine Henshaw, oil on canvas, 30x30cm

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Henri Fantin-Latour exhibit



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I went to see the Henri Fantin-Latour exhibit in Museum Gouda today.
Definitely worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood.









































 
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