I have been painting some again. While I am waiting for visitors I am working. It is not ideal, as I am occasionally interrupted, but it is equally hard to work when I am wondering if somebody will come. It is a lot easier to work days when I am not open for visitors.
Now I have come this far. I wonder if I am finished? Not sure. As you can see I have been lucky with the grain under the eye and around the nose. You can go to the post from 6 July to see the first steps.
Yesterday we had a very successful opening of the Summer Exhibition at Villa Holsby. In spite of nice weather a lot of people came, much more visitors than expected. It was a great reward after days of hard work to get everything ready!
Last, but not least, architect Alex van de Beld had built a brick wall inside the window in one of the rooms, and together with his colleagues, he displayed three small models of fascinating house ideas for this region.
All visitors were very positive, we all received great feedback. I am very grateful to my colleagues, who wanted to contribute to this event. The exhibition continues until the middle or end of August.
I am spending a lot of time in the studio again. Now I am preparing for the summer exhibition. It will start on Thursday 15 July and will probably go on until the end of August. I will be joined by three other artists and one architect/artist. More about them soon…
I expect that this painting will require quite a few layers. These two steps were done very quickly, based on thin pencil outlines.
It has been a very busy time with preparations for the celebration of our 25 year anniversary and my birthday. We were lucky with the weather and had very nice guests.
80 x 40 cm. A careful start to find the face.
After some hours. An almost photographic image that felt more like an illustration than a piece of art? I felt quite miserable in the process – the feeling “I can’t paint anymore” that hits me now and then, and which is a good feeling, because it makes me try harder. I will start on the other half of the face and do it very differently, and then go back to this painting and see what I can do. Maybe several layers of varnish will help create some action – some disturbing glare…?
Activities in the studio have been unusual. We have celebrated Victoria’s graduation. Andrea made a fantastic buffet, her kind of art, and we set up a long table in the studio. Instead of a table cloth we had brown paper and a lot of color pens.
Now we are coming close to finishing the bathroom. The floor is done, mirrors are there. We are now waiting for the glass walls for the shower. While we are waiting there are a number of things to do…
Tomorrow morning the larger mirrors are coming up, hope we don’t break them. Lucas will do the mosaic on the floor in the shower also.
A big portion of the day was spent preparing for the graduation reception for Victoria tomorrow.