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:
The Austrian artist Egon Schiele (June 12 1890 – October 31 1918) has been one of my art idols from the moment I discovered his work when I was attending high school. Especially his bold, sometimes explicit depiction of nude females, created in expressive, virtuoso pencil lines and the often rather dark quality of his art and life appealed to me.
During my studies to become an art teacher I researched some of his infuences (mainly Gustav Klimt and expressionist dance). To see these drawings for myself I hitch-hiked from the Netherlands to Vienna, Austria where I visited the Albertina museum to gawk at some facsimile high quality reproductions, slept in a depressing two person hotel room and left the next day. Being alone, a vegetarian and non-drinker at that time I felt totally out of place in Sausage/Beer infested Vienna…
Reconstructing Schiele drawings with life models
More or less half a year ago I started to ask my life drawing models to take on positions similar to those depicted in the drawings of Egon Schiele, and bring clothing similar to what his models posed in. This developed into a series, a kind of mission, some kind of research or experience from the inside by drawing. Fifty drawings, many private sessions and a session with two life models later I think I actually made some discoveries…
Here is a collage of works by Schiele we reconstructed. Below it are those fifty drawings of mine.
Just what are those “discoveries” I mentioned earlier? Read it after looking at the drawings. Clicking on one of them opens a separate window with larger versions for you to explore.
What we discovered while reconstructing drawings by Egon Schiele
We obviously had a very close look at the artworks, different from the casual art appreciation. Here are some random realizations my muses and I came to while trying to emulate the specific poses, originally depicted by Schiele:
Even a virtuoso line artist like Schiele sometimes sketched with very light thin lines before finding the final form;
Looking at his drawing hand, the way his lines curve etc. he apparently was able to create many drawings very quickly;
In working this fast he often sacrificed anatomical correctness: too large an arm, body parts which are partly hidden from view not connecting, choosing not to show (too detailed and laborious?) feet;
He sometimes used a nifty little trick: turning the drawing 90 degrees before signing it. Some of his at first glance standing models were actually lying down;
My models often found it physically impossible to exactly duplicate a position. Either some very flexible girls posed for him or he took many liberties in his depictions of the poses;
Each and every model had trouble finding the right pose because, looking at the art, it was easy to choose the wrong leg or arm. They really had to analyze which arm did what etc.;
Trying to achieve some of his quality in line drawing was often rather tiring. It is an unforgiving style where every mistake stands out. You have to know and decide where the line should be before actually drawing it. As a result I respect his work even more;
I am very fortunate to be able to work with a few models who have no inhibitions when explicit poses are concerned. Something I had never imagined to experience and it makes me wonder how Egon Schiele, who died when he was only 28, managed to do so very often;
The more I ventured into this Schiele derived drawing, the less “erotic” his art (which it supposedly is to many people) appeared to me. Of course he had the gaze of a young man but he often depicted his subjects in a harsh, sickly or detached way;
While famous for his expressive art where his muse almost appears emaciated, drawn in an angular fashion, I think his line work depended on his mood at that particular moment. A lot of drawings of his are actually after models having a fuller body type and were quickly drawn with long, fluent lines;
His output was very prolific. I see an urgency in his work, almost as if he was obsessed by femininity, compelled to draw these female subjects.
Now that this “project” of mine has come to an end I will appreciate the art of Egon Schiele in a new way. It has been an enriching experience working on this with nice and cooperative muses, in a relaxed atmosphere.
What do you think, looking at Schiele’s art? What about this series of mine?