Sunday, October 30, 2011

Painting plein air in Botshol nature reserve

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Today I went painting plein air in Botshol, a small nature reserve in the center of the Netherlands with painting buddy Cas. It was a grey day which is nice because it ensures the light will be pretty constant. On the other hand it's also difficult because there are no obvious cast shadows to help to give the illusion of depth.

"Botshol on a grey day", oil on panel, 24x30cm

Trying to match up the finished painting with the background

And a few pictures I took of the painting process.


halfway the painting
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Painting from life

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Painting from life is not always possible but it certainly is the most enjoyable way to paint, especially when you're in the company of other painters. Yesterdays life painting session was a lot of fun, ten people painting and drawing the same subject, the room full of creative energy, a good model, what more can you ask for?
It's always fun to see that while everyone sees the same subject, everyone has a different interpretation and handwriting.
Limited palette: Tit.White, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue and a touch of Cad Red

"Deep thoughts", oil on canvas

Schilderen naar het leven is de leukste manier van schilderen vind ik zelf, zeker als je in het gezelschap bent van andere artiesten. Gisteravond waren we met z'n tienen dit model aan het schilderen en tekenen, in houtskool, acrylverf, pastel, grafietpotlood of olieverf. Leuk om te zien dat iedereen hoewel je allemaal hetzelfde onderwerp ziet toch een eigen interpretatie en handschrift hebt.
Is er iets meer inpirerend dan dat?

De volgende kleuren heb ik gebruikt:
Titanium wit, gele oker, gebrande sienna, ultramarijn en een klein beetje cadmium rood.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Lifedrawing class: Pastel portrait

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Yesterday was a fun night at lifedrawing class, the 'theme' of the night was to draw a portrait using pastels on a black gesso ground. Black is on one extreme of the value scale which really forces you to look at the tones in the face, where is the lightest light, where is the darkest dark and slowly and deliberately map them out on the paper. Good exercise..

"Carel", pastel on gessoed paper, 37x25cm

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A rusty start

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Lifedrawing/painting class has started again a few weeks ago but last thursday was the first oportunity I had to attend. So this was my rusty start..
I like working on a toned canvas (usually a mid-grey mix of ultramarine blue mixed with burnt umber or burnt sienna) but this time I only used yellow ochre, which turned out a little bit too yellow in hindsight.
Still there are some parts of the painting I like so there is hope :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Palette knife rooster

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I haven't had a lot of time to paint lately but managed to paint this rooster.
Good excercise and my first painting using only palette knives.

Rooster, oil on panel, 30x24cm, no longer available
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