Thursday, December 9, 2010

"Rainclouds over The Burren"

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This month the Virtual paintout visits the beautiful County Clare in Ireland, a place I visited a few years ago.
I fell in love with the rugged beauty of the landscape so I was excited that this area was selected this month for the VP-community.

For this painting I used a limited palette of:
Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow medium, Permanent Red medium, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue Deep.

"Rainclouds over The Burren"
5.3x11, oil on masonite
©2010 Erik van Elven
original no longer available

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sinterklaas and Amerigo

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This was a painting requested by my 5 year old daughter. At the moment in her class the current theme is Sinterklaas. If you're not Dutch you probable don't know who he is (more info here on wikipedia) but the most important thing from a kids point of view is that he brings presents for the kids. Sort of like Santa but he arrives in a steamboat instead of on a sled. I painted this from 2 very tiny plastic figures and it was fun to play with the dramatic light. Because Sinterklaas is celebrated in December I decided to use this painting as my entry for this months painting challenge on the artists helping artists blog.

 Oil on canvas, 5x7, n/a

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