Excuse me for not updating this blog for a while, I’ve been very preoccupied creating art and posting it on Instagram where 10,9 K people are following me as I write this. It is an ideal medium for me with very direct likes and responses. I’ve discovered great art & people thanks to IG, have already worked with an inspiring model from abroad and sold art to followers, also commissioned art.
A lot has happened since the previous post on this blog, here is a very brief summary with images for you:
Above is a 120cm high oil painting of a wonderful model
whom I have the honor to work with.
Above: Just a nice pic of when she worked with me once more and
looked at the painting
Above: A collage of photos taken during my exhibition in January 2017
at Atelier STOK, Utrecht, Netherlands
Above: BLIK online, a magazine on visual culture for and by students of the University of Utrecht, asked me to write this essay (posted here without two artworks which are already published on this blog elsewhere).
Above: april 27, 2017 Art installation in a local church. Concept by me.
Above: a drawing of mine on display during the Nasty women Alkmaar exhibition, end of may 2017.
When we were discussing a theme for our upcoming session this cherished model of mine suggested moving, she never did this before but is among the best I’ve ever worked with in this way.
It was april 2016 when two of my favorite models and I worked intensively during a unique private life drawing immersion weekend. I had rented a vacation house in the woods for a whole weekend, to sketch & draw them separately without any distractions.
We agreed I was to draw everything, from the moment they arrived until they left.
This would be a new experience for us, how would it be, spending almost a whole day together as artist and muse? Would there be anything left to talk about after a while? Would I be able to create anything worth keeping?
On both days we spent our time inside during nude posing sessions and outside the house, where I sketched her during walks through the forest etc. I wanted to draw them in “normal” circumstances involving nudity. So for instance both of my muses took a shower while I was sketching (and trying to keep the paper dry). We had lunch, dinner, lots of good conversations and created lots and lots of art. If the resulting sketches are any good is not really an issue, both days were an experiment and as such a project as a whole.
It was very enjoyable so we decided to make this a recurring event!
All drawings, with handwritten citations of things that were said and text explaining the whole project, are now available as a book, just contact me to acquire it! Here are some of the drawings (click or touch to open an enlarged version):
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I needed to capture more than I could by drawing: the subtle nuances in light and dark and variations in color of the skin. So I started following oil painting classes, the traditional way and became fascinated…Initially my tutor made me create a practice piece, copying a part of a painting by van Dijck. But I soon wanted to use the techniques learned in my own work, so (after a failed painting, which I intend to correct later on) I asked dancer and model M to hold this pose for me while I was standing on the table, looking down upon her.
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Here, in four stages, you can see the creation of this painting, measuring h70cm x w50cm. Clicking/touching a preview opens an enlarged version with the option to have a look at an even larger version.
It has been a long while since my previous post, I’m sorry for my followers…I have been very active on Instagram, posting life drawings daily en sometimes twice a day. It is a very fast and easy means of getting my art out in the world.
Yet I do like this blog, to extrapolate a bit about my motivations for creating my art and in general provide a bit more personal info than what can be done on Instagram.
One of the approaches I have used in my drawings the last few months is using compressed charcoal, conté a Paris (a sort of compressed pastel) on white and colored paper with a lot of shading in the drawing. I’d like to have more result per session so I am working with models who are fine with me taking a reference photo after I’m through with the sketch. This way a session results in lots of sketches which I can render later, using a photo for details (especially how her body/face is lighted).
Sizes are for the most part 50 x 70cm.
You can press the previews to open a slideshow/enlargement:
So I bought this fake lobster, a shopwindow decoration. I had a vague notion this could be an interesting prop to use during a life drawing session. My lovely and intelligent muse of the day, always open to experiments, agreed. The moment I put that thing on her back I was amazed: it looked beautiful and perfect, as if it was meant to be. She proposed that I take a photo, to show her. We both liked it and she is okay with me sharing this with you.
I think there is something fascinating, creepy and beautiful at the same time, about this combination of a soft, human body and this eight legged creature with its hard exoskeleton.
Also, after the restrictions of the Egon Schiele series, I threw a lot of “laws” overboard (like focus on line, not sketching, not using an eraser). I just wanted to simply enjoy drawing, use lighting and making my art very dark if the scene asked for it.
Here are some drawings, created with different models, most of the drawings are 50 x 65 cm – all are for sale. The series of three of the crotch-close ups I created as my entry in an international competition of erotic art. Again I am thankful for the easy way my muses and I cooperate. And I realized again, while drawing the last one (the torso) on this page, how glad I am I don’t create abstract art!
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