A new year and my Bettie painting is growing steadily. It was inevitable to throw in a poster.
Sold a oil painting to a french collector.
This oil painting is based on my drawing ‘Nude – 17-06-15’. An artist often sees one thing in another. Salvador Dali saw a rhinoceros in Vermeer’s Lacemaker. I saw a horse in a women’s thigh.
Drawng often is called the primary process and I like it so much, brimming over with an ocean of ideas, that I forget about transfering those ideas to the secondary stage: the canvas. There always is something to dust off and in 2017 I used ‘Nude – 03-09-15’ to work out a bigger theme, called ‘The Widow of Aleppo – 18-05-17’, after Rembrandt’s painting Jeremiah lamenting Jerusalem’s destruction. Since the war in Syria sort of came to an end but the people still suffer, I found it appropiate to do this anew but then in oil.
The object was to do a pastel drawing similar to ‘model session – 17-01-19’ but to keep the hatched strokes rather wide. I also wanted to combine more complementary colour combinations in order to get a greyish look while on the other hand those hatched strokes look very saturated up close.
Model session – 29-11-18 This evening I had a great session with my main model throughout the years. She is slender, knows what I want and shows dark skin […]
The brown eyed girl (2018) (sold) A commission for a classic portrait. I focused on the complexion of the beautiful young woman that is from indonesian and dutch origin, showing […]
The Revelation of Bettie Page (2018) In this painting I tried to work out some grand themes: sex and religion. There is nothing more to say about the ‘what’. About […]
Roundism – 12-05-18 I tell my students often about tonal values and that colors lack them. Colors have no values, they show relations. Painting this black woman I want to […]
Some years back I saw an incredible oil painting by Herman Gouwe of a sunset in cyan, yellow, purple and red and I it baffled me. How could bright shining light ever be portrayed better than this.