Sunday, October 30, 2016

a welcoming home

"A welcoming home"
8x8 inch / 20,3 x 20,3 cm
oil on stretched canvas
Recently I happened to be in the neighbourhood where my grandmother used to live. I walked by her house to feel all the flash-backs, it was so weird. A bit creepy (suits the Halloween feeling): the door was open and no one to be seen. I made a quick pic for painting this in my studio: the memories, the light, the welcoming open door and the sneek peek inside. It was all too good.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Fresh grass

"Fresh grass"
8x8 inch / 20,3x 20,3 cm
oil on stretched canvas
We met this horse on the way biking. He looked great in his zebra patterned blanket. We gave him some fresh grass and I shot a bunch of pictures. There was no bright sunlight, something I am always looking for, but I learned also that on a grey day you can judge colors better. It's never boring to paint a  horse, I love it!

I always forget this but now I made some pictures of my paintingprocess;

Usually I tone my canvas with burned sienna so it has a medium value. Now I wanted to try something new to see if I could block in the colors better- keeping the colors fresher maybe.

Then, first the outlines of the horse, based on the picture on my laptop or phone:

Then blocking in colors quickly:

Then darks and lights, adjust colors and detail, leave it for a day and finish it the next day, change things that may be disturbing, add highlights and last details.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Terrace in Amsterdam

"Terrace in Amsterdam"
8x8 inch / 20,3 x 20,3 cm
oil on gessobord
I made a few pictures of places in Amsterdam where the sun and shadowpattern were very interesting. I like to paint terraces with people. And the bicycle had to be in it, because, you know, it's Amsterdam, and to make a better composition.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

There we go

"There we go"
6x6 inch / 15,2x15,2 cm
oil on gessobord
This painting is based on a picture I took on holiday when we went horseriding with the family. So again, I used one of my daughters as a model :).
It was an interesting picture, with the sun in the dark paddock, the step up stool from Ikea, the way she was sitting, ready but not totally sure. I think they are a great pair together.


Friday, October 14, 2016

On the highway

"On the highway"
6 x 6 inch / 15,2 x 15,2 cm
Oil on gessobord

Clouds above the highway home. This 'golden hour' of the day I never seem to be able to paint. It gets dark earlier now and this is what you get as a present on the highway.