Thursday, August 28, 2014

2 Recent plein air paintings

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On a recent trip to Denmark I made these two pochade paintings.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Rembrandt in black and white

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I went to see the "Rembrandt in black and white"-exhibition in MuseumGouda today.
100 etchings by Rembrandt in one beautiful show.
Well worth a visit if you're in the neighbourhood.

I was amazed to see how small certain etchings were and how full of detail.
I've taken a few photo's for you to get an idea of the show.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Expositie "A view of Holland" in Amsterdam

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I'm honored to participate in the Group Exhibition "A view of Holland" in Gallery De Glaswerkplaats in Amsterdam, from Juli 14 until September 12 2014. Great work by Hans Versfelt, Gineke Zikken, Leo van der Vlist, Sonja Brussen Niels Schouten, yours truly and many more.

Van 14 juli tot 12 september 2014 doe ik mee aan de groepsexpositie 'A view of Holland' bij Galerie De Glaswerkplaats in Amsterdam. Prachtig werk van Hans Versfelt, Gineke Zikken, Leo van der Vlist, Sonja Brussen Niels Schouten, mijzelf en vele anderen.

a view of Holland

Sunday, June 8, 2014

"Graceful", new ballerina painting

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ballerina - Erik van Elven
"Graceful", oil on canvas mounted to panel, private collection

Monday, April 21, 2014

Plein air painting windmill

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I had a lovely morning painting outside with the very talented Susanne Vrolijk.
We painted near this beautiful windmill, which was built in 1797! The 'Vrolijk' family has been using this windmill for 6 generations now.
For more information you can check out this page.

"Vrouwgeestmolen", 24x30cm, oil on panel, private collection

Vrouwgeestmolen Alphen aan den Rijn

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

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


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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!


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

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