I treated myself to some good gouache paint, to be able to make quick paint sketches. I was getting a bit bogged down by the big laborious landscapes in oil, and I haven't really figured out a way to do these large ones en plein air. I also found that working from a photo knocks all of the painting joy out of me. Especially on such a big painting, because it takes a long time to do. Completely different from the large portraits from life that make me utterly happy. So I decided to make some...
This is how I painted "Milk taxi". Note the blue tape to mark the positions, so we can come back to it the next day! A milk taxi is a mobile milk tank for feeding calves with. This saves a lot of heavy bucket carrying.
Afgelopen weekend was het weer kunstroute in de Pius X in Volendam. De thematentoonstelling was "cultureel erfgoed", waarvoor ik "Zuiderzeedijk bij Katwoude" had meegenomen, een groot schilderij van 2x2 meter. Lekker handig met vervoeren, op de aanhanger. Het weekend was druk, veel mensen herinnerden zich nog het schilderij van Loulou in de Rietveldstoel of hadden zelfs de kaart ervan ingelijst in huis hangen. Ook grappig dat de mensen op de portretten herkend werden: "He is dat niet ome Co?"...
This large portrait (200x125cm) was painted on location, in the shed of one of my neighbours. He posed for me for four mornings, mainly thinking about the corn harvest and haying! In the slideshow you can see how I set up the painting. I painted the background without the model just before the final session. I took some liberties with the colour of the cupboard and the carpet, to improve the composition.
In the past week, I have been painting a portrait of Frank Dutman in his brewery Bierderij Waterland in Monnickendam. Frank posed for me every morning for about a week. I really like the shiny verticals of the beer tanks in the background, and the light coming from behind them. I used a fairly limited palette of raw and burnt umber, ivory black, yellow ochre, brown red, ceruleum and ultramarine blue, plus flake white. The film is made with the artificial light on, I worked without (much darker...
Last week I spent a week with sculptor Malisca in the tower of the church in Monnickendam, drawing charcoal portraits. Every morning and afternoon I had a model, and spent about 2 hours plus breaks drawing them from life. In total I did 8 people and one dog (also from life).
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