28 July, 2010

I have been out sick for a few days, but now I am back in action again. Before I got sick I started a new painting of a “mystic beauty”…

My idea is to build up very thin layers of paint. In between layers I have also used sandpaper to let the wood grain come through even more.

19 July, 2010

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.

16 July, 2010 – Summer Exhibition

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!

This time I shared the space with four other artists.

Pontus Ikander, street artist, made a large painting during the day, finishing it as the first guests came. Check his Myspace site: www.myspace.com/p_ontus

Matthias van Arkel exhibited some of his fascinating silicone rubber works and a few prints. For more, check his website: www.matthiasvanarkel.com.

Jacob Felländer exhibited  two very large photos of New York – a cool contrast to the country landscape around Villa Holsby. Check www.jacobfellander.com.

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.

6 July, 2010

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…

But I am also painting some…

I expect that this painting will require quite a few layers. These two steps were done very quickly, based on  thin pencil outlines.

1 July, 2010

Finally back in the studio. Have workedmore on portrait-half right side…

And the left side has received three layers of varnish – hard to convey the effect in a photo. Both paintings have to be seen in real, as with all my work, as with probably all fine art.

If you place them side by side it looks like this.

Probably more interesting like this…