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Journal

This journal is a diary in which I write down some background and particulars about some of my paintings.
I also make a note every now and then when I'm looking at the work of other artists.

Exhibition “Return of the Still-life”

Exhibition “Return of the Still-life”

Posted on Mar 30, 2016

Dear Doreen, “Das Stillleben kehrt zurück” was the title of my solo-exhibition in Osnabrück during the Autumn of 2015. Still life painting returns! I fully appreciate, of course, that such a claim may seem rather remarkable to say the least, but in a sense it was true enough, for my chosen genre of painting for […]

Two colours of grapes

Two colours of grapes

Posted on Mar 11, 2016

Another of my weekly paintings, this one features some grapes in two colours and a glass from Kitty and Ben’s Antiques shop, on a piece of rough slate. “Grapes in two colours” Oil on Board, 35 cm x 19 cm, 2015 On this painting, too, I wanted to catch some of the reflection of the […]

Cup Overflow

Cup Overflow

Posted on Mar 11, 2016

A silver plated cup overflowing with green grapes and purple plums, and a slice of robust red for luck. The cup, incidentally, is a trophy with the inscription “Arubaanse Parenkampioenschappen 1972”, the Bridge championship for couples on Aruba in the Caribbean. “Cup Overflow” Oil on Board, 30.5 cm x 21.5 cm, 2015 This is another painting where I […]

Reflections in Silver

Reflections in Silver

Posted on Feb 25, 2016

On a visit to the old town of Elburg in the Netherlands, I noticed a greengrocer offering four or five different varieties of plums, including these yellow-green ones, named Reine Claude, after a Duchess of Brittany. Somehow I had missed seeing them for quite a while, and because I was walking along with my brother, […]

Janny’s Jar

Janny’s Jar

Posted on Feb 23, 2016

One of my earliest paintings, a terracotta jar belonging to my sister Janny. “Janny’s Jar” Oil on Canvas, 40 cm x 40 cm, 2008 •

Red Hot

Red Hot

Posted on Feb 23, 2016

These Peppers in a Glass Jar started out as a quick study for drawing objects inside a glass container. Then it turned into a full painting. And then my friend Metta spotted it at my exhibition, and now it adorns her spectacular kitchen. “Red Hot in a Glass Jar” Oil on Board, 30 cm x 40 […]

Pictures at an Exhibition

Pictures at an Exhibition

Posted on Feb 11, 2016

Dear Doreen, It is a sunny day in February, so it seems a good moment to write to you about my solo-exhibitions of last year. These took quite a bit of preparatory work. Flyers, adverts, posters and last but not least, a lot of framing and then hanging them. Robert did all of that for […]

History of the Netherlands, AD 1652

History of the Netherlands, AD 1652

Posted on Jan 21, 2016

The leather-bound book in this painting is “Historien der Nederlanden”, published in Amsterdam in the year 1652, having been written by Emanuel van Meteren in 1611. This is not just a history book, the book itself is history, and merely holding it is not only a physical exercise, but also a great delight. “History of […]

Gesso

Posted on Jan 17, 2016

The importance of applying a number of coats of gesso is, I think, not always appreciated. But it is the foundation upon which we work, and there are good reasons for spending a bit of time to get a number of coats of gesso down before we’re starting to paint.

Craftsmanship

Posted on Jan 15, 2016

The shape and form of objects are important. An earthenware jug, for instance, is not merely a container made to hold liquid, it is also a particular form. An object has beauty when its shape has been made by a craftsperson who had the intention of making it beautiful in addition to making it functional.

Brushwork

Posted on Jan 15, 2016

Many of today’s still life painters (especially so in the Netherlands) have specialised in producing works of amazingly detailed realism. Although I admire many of them, for my own style of brushwork I have chosen to take inspiration from artists such as Fantin-Latour and Chardin, and so I aim to paint with a slightly more […]

Composition

Posted on Jan 15, 2016

Artists learn from each other but this does not mean that we copy each other. This is especially true with regards to composition. My own still life paintings are original compositions, but I admit, it is hard work to get it right. In other words, it’s easy to get it wrong.

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