Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Plein air

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Halfway through my painting the boat sailed away and was soon replaced with a hideous aluminum vessel so I had to rely on my memory to finish the painting.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Charcoal portrait

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"Lotje", charcoal on Canson Mi-teintes, NFS

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Portrait of my father

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Always wanted to do a portrait of my father, so this weekend he posed for me and I finished the drawing in the studio. I think it's harder to do a drawing of someone you know so well but I'm pleased with the outcome.

"Dad", charcoal and white chalk on toned paper (NFS)

Saturday, May 16, 2015


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"Centurion", oil on canvas, 24x30cm

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A few recent drawings

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

New study for larger oilpainting

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Recently I switched to a new method of painting, without mineral spirits.
This is the first painting done with the new method.

If you want to know more about this method of painting, developed by mr Louis Velasquez I can recommend the book "Oil Painting Lessons with Rembrandt and Calcite Sun Oil" on Amazon.

Daphne: lit from below, 20x20cm, oil on panel

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Symphony in Red and green

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Happy New Year everyone!
Hope this year will be a great one for you all.

Girl red hair green dress oil painting by Erik van Elven
"Symphony in Red and green", oil on canvasboard, 50x70cm, available

Monday, October 27, 2014

Selma Noort

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A painting of a good (artist) friend, and best selling children's book author Selma Noort.
I really enjoyed painting her portrait.

Selma Noort door Erik van Elven
Selma Noort, oil on masonite, NFS

Sunday, October 26, 2014


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My favorite guy in the whole world, NFS
A portrait of my son, done in charcoal and pastel-pencil on paper.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Plein air Katwijk

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A few paintings I did during a Roos Schuring Masterclass in Katwijk.
Lots of fun, and a very nice international group of painters.

We even made the Dutch tv (Weather forecast photo of the day)

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