Sunday, February 26, 2012

Roos Schuring Open Studio

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Just came back from a inspiring open studio of the extremely talented and very kind Roos Schuring.
Roos is an impressionistic plein air painter who was recently featured in the prestigious Plein Air Magazine.
I knew many of the paintings from pictures on her blog but nothing beats seeing those beautiful brushstrokes work in real life.

Lots of red dots on the paintings. Thank you Roos for the pleasant afternoon, it was nice meeting you!
You can check out her work at

Roos Schuring
Roos Schuring before a selection of her latest works

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The bold and the beautiful

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"The bold and the beautiful", oil on panel, 24x30cm

This is another painting for the JKPP-group on Flickr where artists from all around the world paint or draw portraits of other artists. Subject of this painting is the talented Sue Hodnett and you can find more of her work here.

I started this painting on a bright green colored panel (some of which you can still see in the lower part of the painting). It took quite some time to cover this up but I like how some of the green still shines through in the skin colors. I really enjoyed painting all the bold impasto strokes towards the end of the painting, I hope you like it too.

Do you ever paint on a colored ground or do you prefer white?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Tim Williams, oil portrait, Zorn palette

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Tim Williams, oil on panel, 30x24cm

This portrait was painted using the Zorn palette, used by the Swedish painter Anders Zorn:
Titanium white, ivory black, cad red light (he used vermillion I believe) and yellow ochre.

I painted this portrait of Tim for the Julia Kay Portrait Party on
Tim was one of the founding members of the portrait party and sadly passed away in December of last year.
His thread with portraits can be found here.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"Great expectations" or "Vol verwachting"

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A recent painting of a pregnant woman.

"Great expectations" or "Vol verwachting", oil on linen, 11.8x15.7
no longer available

Sunday, February 5, 2012

"Fire and ice", oil on panel

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Yesterday I decided to do a portrait on a brightly blue-colored panel to see if I liked the effect.
I wanted to do the background in a strong orange color and thought the complimentary color showing through would give a nice vibration in the color.

"Fire and ice", oil on panel, 24x30cm
Original available

Below are a few pictures that show the progression in the painting. Note that the painting doesn't pull together until the very end.

Friday, February 3, 2012

"Gary Tausch", oil painting portrait

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"Gary Tausch", oil on paper

Another portrait done for the very active JKPP-Flickr group.
This one was done with W&N Artisan watermixable oil paint on gessoed watercolor paper.
I set out to do a full color painting, started the drawing with thinned burnt umber and decided to leave the color for another painting :)

Know when to stop is a lesson I remembered from reading 'Alla Prima' by Richard Schmid.

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