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).
I went painting in the dunes in Schoorl. They have the highest dunes in the Netherlands, reaching up to 55 meters. It is a very beautiful reserve. I went with my artist friend Sharma Peterson, we are in the same class at Wackers. We lugged our gear to a nice spot and started painting. Of course I forgot my sandbag, to weigh down my easel in the wind. It fell over a few times, luckily with the wet side of the painting facing upwards!
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