Wednesday, September 28, 2016

plein air from the back yard

"View from the garden"
8x8 inch (20,3 x 20x3 cm)
oil on canvas
Great to paint plein air from a safe place like your own garden. Luckily I have a green view. I tried to capture the light quickly before clouds appeared, that's why it's painted quite boldly- I love painting this way.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Shopping district / winkelstraat, Den Haag

"Shopping district"
6x8 inch (15,2x20,3 cm)
oil on gessobord

This is a view from upstairs in the centre of The Hague. I made many pictures and from the most interesting ones, I chose the best composition. It is an interesting view, looking down, and it is a challenge to paint everything in the right perspective :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Pintar Rapido 2016 winners Amsterdam

Pintar Rapido 2016
I joined the Pintar Rapido in Amsterdam this weekend. Lots of artists from all places came to Amsterdam to make a painting in a day and exhibit their work on sunday in the Posthoornkerk in Amsterdam.
Saturdaymorning after I got my Pintar Rapido stamp on the back of my empty canvas, I took off to a coffeeshop, hoping for some nice light and a good spot in a quiet corner.
I found it:

This seemed like a nice composition and I did what I always wanted but never dared to do: paint in public. I took out my stuff and.... nobody cared! This is Amsterdam ofourse, nothing is weird here :)

Some interesting people came by, compositionwise, so there was enough subject to choose from.

I started painting people, they went quickly, I made it into another person, etc. I ended up practicing my skills in quick painting people.

The people in the foreground were suddenly gone, when I was nearly done. So, some details I added later from a picture I made with my phone.

And this is the result after 2 hours:
"Coffee at the Damrak"
8x8 inch
oil on canvas
I made it back far before closing time, next year I can do a bigger one.
Happy with the result, I love painting plein air like this (even though it's indoor air).
And the exhibition? My painting got sold straight away and I even won a 4th place prize!!!! On top of that I got to meet my favorite plein air painter Roos Schuring, who was one of the judges.
What a weekend...
The prizewinning paintings on stage>

Monday, September 5, 2016

"All tied up"

"All tied up"
6x6 inch (15.2x15.2 cm)
oil on gessobord

This is the third painting in my ball python series- so far. This is actually my own pet, a baby coralglow pinstripe ball python. I am totally taken by these relaxed, amazingly beautiful and harmless animals. His color is actually a deep yellow color with orange and translucent pink and purple. Can you believe a snake like that??! He is still a baby, his color will change over time. I am going to try and capture these colorchanges in the future.