Smoothing a linen canvas

Smoothing a linen canvas

Posted on Aug 10, 2017

Among my paintings that proved very popular in Germany (and thus were sold) are two compositions of citrus fruits against a very dark background and a faux reflective surface. These were painted on artist board, and because wooden board has a much smoother surface than textured linen, this is one reason why the glossy finish […]

Masterclass with Cornelis Le Mair

Posted on Aug 10, 2017

Cornelis (Kees) Le Mair is a legend in his lifetime. I had read his book “Het edele ambacht, de lelijkheid aangeklaagd” (The noble craft, accusing ugliness) a few years ago and long admired him for his views on art as well as for his paintings. So when the opportunity arose to joining some other accomplished […]

Weather in Scotland

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Dear Doreen, It’s done! Last year we’ve left Germany and returned to Scotland, and it gladdens my heart. Friends and family wonder why we’ve returned to the north of the British isles, rather than finding a place in sunny France. Doesn’t it rain all the time over there, they exclaim. But although that may be […]

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 […]