Wednesday, March 30, 2011

'Lentekriebels' WIP

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A new oil-painting I'm working on. "Lentekriebels" is a little hard to translate, google translate says "Spring Fever" but a more literate translation would be tickles of spring. The painting is for a spring-exhibition of the local art-club. This is the underpainting, burnt umber with a little ultramarine dark.

Lentekriebels WIP, oil on linnen, 30x40cm (11.8x15.7)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Zorn palette life drawing class

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Zorn palette - life drawing class, NFS

Yesterday in life painting class I finished the painting I started last week, this time using the Zorn palette.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Plein air in Schoonhoven

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Today I went painting with Rene Plein air and Corry Kooy in Schoonhoven.
It was a sunny day and we had a lot of fun. Schoonhoven is a beautiful town, very old and every way you look there is a painting to be made.
I did two paintings but didn't finish the first one, might finish that one from a photo.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Zorn palette

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If you're following this blog you may have noticed that I like to experiment with limited color palettes and that I've used the Zorn palette before. The Zorn palette (Cadmium Red, Yellow Ochre, Titanium white and Ivory black) is a very good way to learn about color mixing and color temperature.
I want to do some portrait studies with it in the near future so after seeing it in use by the talented Aaron Westerberg in a few of his paintings I decided to do a color chart.

Zorn palette

Look at that color harmony, beautiful isn't it?

A few masterpieces by Zorn:


Zorn self portrait with a model

Friday, March 18, 2011

lifepainting class

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Yesterdays result, painting from life. Burnt sienna with a little ultramarine blue.
Will continue with this painting next week and add some color.

Friday, March 11, 2011

"Not a clown tonight"

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I guess I have to explain the title. My 5-year old daughter is always very interested in my paintings, especially the ones I do in life painting class. Yesterday we were supposed to get a clown as the model so my daughter was very excited in advance. Turned out that there was a misunderstanding in the briefing and the model showed up  without a costume or makeup.
The next morning I told my daughter and I expected her to be very dissapointed. Instead she was thinking for a moment, then smiled and said: "Clowns are not so smart are they?"

About the painting (2 hours) itself, I'm pretty happy how it turned out, I focused on the big shapes, shadow/halftone/light and tried to use fewer brushstrokes. Candace X. Moore has a nice blogpost about this method. The limited palette use was Titanium white, Yellow Ochre, Venetian Red, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Deep. Enjoy!

"Not a clown tonight" oil on canvas, 40x30 cm (15.7x11.8)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Cold morning - new original oil painting

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Finally had to some time to paint yesterday. This was mostly a study in edges and atmosphere, I'm reasonably happy with the distance effect.
Unfortunately this scene doesn't exist anymore like in this painting. Last year a huge fire destroyed most of this beautiful area.

 "Cold morning" oil on masonite, 8x10, original available
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