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”, a Bridge championship for couples on Aruba in the Caribbean. “Cup Overflow” Oil on Board, 30.5 cm x 21.5 cm This is another painting where I set […]

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 […]

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 […]

Osnabrücker Taufkrug

Osnabrücker Taufkrug

Posted on Apr 21, 2011

The town of Osnabrück is not usually associated with fine silverware. Nevertheless, it does have a heritage: in the 17th century there was one family of artisans that practised the craft of silversmith, producing articles that didn’t look out of place on the dining table of the bishop. The object on this painting – a […]

Vincent’s Letters

Vincent’s Letters

Posted on Jul 8, 2009

During his lifetime, Vincent van Gogh wrote a great many letters, mostly addressed to his brother Theo. Fortunately for us many of these letters were kept, and in 1914 Theo’s wife published them for the first time. This painting is of that three volume original publication. The year 2009 saw the publication of an impressive […]

Kitchen Utensils

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

Copper and bronze are always a challenge. The finest painter of copper, I think, was the Frenchman Chardin, whose paintings are really symphonies of atmosphere and detail. Here are some of my own, rather early works. The mortar and pestle is my first painting of an item in bronze; the painting of the four measures […]

Scottish Poets

Scottish Poets

Posted on Jan 21, 2009

This is a painting I have really enjoyed doing because it somehow kept me in the company of James Hogg and Walter Scott, who both used to live in the Valley of Romance where I was fortunate to spend eight good years of my life, and Robert Burns, the poet who caused some of our […]