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 […]

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.