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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]