Thursday, 28 November 2019

needle felted cat

First cat I made. 21cm, tail not included. So much fun but also many many hours till the fur was added.

Monday, 5 August 2019

tiny book for dollhouse

I've made a tiny book 1/12 for my dollhouse.
It is a childrenbook 2,2 cm x 1,8 cm with 24 pages and on each page beautiful drawings.
The story is about Victoria Plum.
I want to make more for the bookcase and perhaps sell some.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

drawing of an eye

This drawing in 15x20cm so very large and therefor very detailed.
I used Bristol smooth paper, derwent sketching pencils, mechanical penils 0.5 and 0,3 mm, tortillons (often), Tombow eraser, kneading eraser.
So much fun I had.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

portrait of a lovely elderly dog

After many years I took my pastelpencils up to draw this portrait

Friday, 3 May 2019

two new portraits

Pencil drawings, different subjects and different techniques.

Monday, 10 December 2018


I used 2 pencils and 2 clutch pencils both HB and 2B, a kneaded eraser and a tortillon. Furthermore I drew this flower on Arches Hotpress Watercolor paper.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Manchester terrier

Manchester Terrier graphite pencil

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

drawing and watercolor of fresia

I made a watercolour and drawing of the same stem of Fresias.
The position of the drawing was not easy to do and I am not satisfied about the result. It would have been easier if I had choosen somewhat the same position like the watercolour painting has.

Monday, 4 December 2017

just a little feather

Black and white exercise of a little feather.
Only used black watercolour paint and a small size 0 paint brush on HP Arches paper.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Artichoke aquarel

Again, an excercise with a limited palet of 6 colors.
Green, green, green. So many greens with only 2 blues and 2 yellows and a tiny bit of red.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Primula aquarel

I used a limited number of colors to paint these leaves.
A great excercise in how many greens you can create by using only Ultramarine, Phatalo blue, Camboge, Winsor Red to tone the greens down en a tiny bit of Lemon for the flowers.
I used Arches HP paper and Rosemary and Co, UK brushes, most spotters.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Iris rhizone

Just for fun this drawing. Those roots look like a funny animal.

Friday, 2 June 2017

new portrait of Monique, a commission

I just finished this portrait of Monique.
She is the husband of Martin, the portrait I made in Januar this year.
The portrait of her husband was a gift for her birtday and she wanted to have a drawing of herself too because she wanted to hang the two drawings together on the wall.
So this is a commission.

Because of the fact that I did not drew the portraits together at the same time it was very difficult to draw them the same.
I took measurements of her head because her head is smaller than the head of her husband.

And this is the result after many hours of drawing.
Of course like always it is very difficult to take good photos of a drawing. 

Thursday, 29 December 2016

portrait of a man in graphite pencil

I just finished this portrait. It is a gift for the birthday of my teacher, it is a portrait of her husband.
Very difficult to take good pictures of such a drawing. The paper is really white, a bit blueish I think. I always have to alter the photos and I always am not satisfied about the result. Of course every screen of a computer, laptop and such is different and therefor pictures are darker or lighter than at my screens.
It seems that my screens are a bit light in comparison to the ones of others.
So I place 2 pictures, in different ways altered.
Of course I like the original the most but once I gave the portrait away I only have the photo to look at. That's why I want good photos of my work.
The top one is softer, the bottom one is clearer but a bit harsh and a bit too much contrast. I do not know which one I find the best in comparison to the original drawing.


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Tiny cyclaam drawing

I just finished a new drawing.A clyclamen. This is a tiny one.
The leaves and flowers are only 4 cm.
I have the plan on doing the assignments of the SBA online course on my own.
So here is the second one for the first assignment.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Pelarganium botanical drawing

After I have been busy for a while with taking macro photos I undertook a new adventure: teaching online botanical drawing for beginners.

Just finished writing the text and drew sketches and drawings for the online course.
The content of the online course is 47 pages with more than 80 pictures and 34 excercises.

It was a huge challenge.
The drawing of the Pelarganium is placed on the last page of the course.
As always: very difficult to take a scan of this drawing like this, but here it is.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Sonchus oleraceus close up photos

I love those fluffy balls full of seeds. Just ordinaire weed and we pull it out in our garden.
But the flowers are lovely and so are the seeds flying in the wind.

I took these photos with a macro lens 90mm and my Sony a300.
For the photo of the seedball I used an umbrella and flash.
With the umbrella I covered the flash to get soft light.

Tomorrow I receive some extension tubes. I want to take even more close up/macro photos.
A real challenge but I love to experiment.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

watercolor flower

The last 2 years I concentrated on painting fine art with oilpaint.
But Spring is in the air and so it is time to paint some flowers with watercolor paint.
So difficult to photograph though.

Saturday, 27 February 2016

a beautiful cock almost finished

It took many many hours to get this result.
On the first photo you see the underlayers of umber and white.
On the second photo I added color, also many layers building up depth.
Still not yet finished, the white feathers need another layer and tweaking. You still can see the underlayer of umber and white shining through. The rest of the animal is ready (I think) :-)

Monday, 28 December 2015

OILPAINTING old woman portrait black and white

A while ago I finished this portrait of an old woman. I found the photo on the internet.
The woman is suffering from Alzheimer and I was struck by her eyes.
You can see her confusion, not understanding.
I try to catch her expression with painting her in black and white. Her world is I think without colour, without details.
I hope you feel the same as I do.
This portrait is 20x15cm and painted on an MDF panel.
It took many many hours and I love to paint all those creases and folds of het skin.
A real challenge and I learned a lot.

Monday, 20 July 2015

STUDIES oilpaint after a painting of Bartner

I started a project for the Summer months to practise with oilpaint and most of oil with color.
So I took a beautiful photo of a painting of Scott E. Bartner
It is such a beautiful detailed portrait.
I took 4 canvasses of 20x20cm and transferred a drawing on them with black ink.
The first one I made it in a warm black/grey/white= Ivory black, raw umber and flake white. The three tiny highlights on the tip of the nose and in the eyes are Titianwhite. I love Flake white, it is not so harsh like Titian.
I took 3 photos of the painting process and here they are.
The first photo on top was disappointing, the white was absorbed and the picture became far too dark.
I shrubbed the paint into the canvas.
 The second photo: I added more white paint and light grey tones and added more details
 Still not satisfied. Too much oneven coloring and tones.
So I mixed a big pile of the Ivory black and Raw Umber, flake white and 7 or 8 mixes grey with it, so I would get the same mix of paint (color and tone) everywhere.
And now she is finished.
And then to practise with color I started 3 canvases with different color backgrounds and different approaches.
The one on the left I put as a backgroundcolor a medium tone fleshcolor on it.
The middle canvas stayed white and I used Ivory black and Titian  for the first layers, still a lot of work has to be done.
The portrait on the right I put as a background color Ocre (Oker)
I added some color to the drawings but I found the colors too harsh, too much, so I mixed a very light fleshcolor with flake white and this almost transparant paint I painted it over the whole portrait to mute it a bit..
Not the background though. On the background I added some color.

Friday, 26 June 2015

second and third layer Old Master Technique 2 oil pantings

After long hours painting I show you the result of the second layer on the painting of the portrait of the dog and the third layer on the painting of the portrait of the little girl.
A lot of work to do.

Friday, 19 June 2015

underlayers of 3 little paintings "Old Master Technique"

For the Summer months I started 3 little paintings (15x20cm) I want to work on them without the help of my tutor. The next course will start in September.

On the painting of the Waterlily I worked 7 days and many many hours of painting only this first underlayer.
The background with the detailed leaves took very long to paint. The Waterlily has other challenges. The white and the shadows are not easy to get right
Many other underlayers will be added before I will start to ad layers of color.

Yesterday I worked on the face of this portrait of a little girl after a painting of Bougeaurau. Today I will work on the hair and the bottom.

And soon I will begin to work at the portrait of the dog.
I like to work on several different paintings at the same time so I do not have to wait till a layer is dry.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

First layer of two new oil paintings, 15x20cm

I started 2 new oil paintings, one of a portrait of a dog and one of a little girl after the well known painter bouguereau. I love the paintings of this painter.

Only the first layer is added to the pieces of MDF. They both are 15x20 cm.

The color I used for these fine art painting method is raw umber and Titian white.
In the next layers, after this layer is dry, more details are added and I try to give it more depth and by adding darker color and white.

I love the color mixed with the umber and white.
It looks like an old photograph.

I want to paint  the portrait of the little girl only in using the umber and white and only add in the portrait of the dog some warmer brown/reddish.
Also the white is not really white but contains a lot of color other colors, cool and warm.
A real challenge.

But I am so proud that I managed to get all the things in the right places.
The painting of the dog sofar took me 4 days of hard work, but I loved it!

old master oilpainting still life finished, overview of all the stages

Finally I finished a still life. 20x30cm.
It took a long time to paint this in the style of the old masters.
Monique Eysink, my very skillfull and patient teacher have learned me a lot about the proces of fine art painting.

This is the result of 30 lessons I had for 1 year and Oh boy! I learned so much in this year.
Often I had the feeling that it was too difficult to master this old master technique.
And I still have so much to learn about colour and putting layers of (transparant) colour on top of each other.
I will concentrate on that for the next year.

But for the first time I feel I finally can paint!
Not smearing oilpaint on the surface but handling the oilpaint and the brushes the right way.
I started already 2 other paintings, look at my next posts and I start another one tomorrow at my last lesson of the season.
Thanks very much!!! Monique Eysink. Till after the summer holidays. I already look forward to it.

hydreanga finished, very colorfull

In finished the little painting of a hydreanga flower. 15x20cm
What a joy to paint all those tiny flowers.
Very difficult to take photographs. The layers of colors are so subtle and the underground is shining through.

I learned so much from painting this subject.
To see and paint all the different shapes and the many many tones.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Hydreanga, oilpaint, old master technique, next stage

This is the second layer of umber and white oilpaint.
The underlayer must be painted in very light tones, so when the transparant color layers will be painted on top of the underlayer the light will shine through.
And it looks like the painting is glowing from the inside.
The second photo looks more crispier and not so flat anymore.
Not easy to take a picture of though.
The different tones are so subtile and the photo looks on the screen a bit too harsh.
I have particulary problems with painting leaves so they are still in an early stage.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

hydreanga flower, oilpaint, underlayer, first stage

To relax a bit and as a great excercise I started a new painting.
I am painting the underlayer with Titian white and raw omber. I love this color mix.

This is the first layer and it took me many hours so far. I have to paint the leaves the same way and then................. yes, start over and paint everything again. I have to add pure white to lift the lightest places and make other parts also lighter and sometimes other parts darker. But not too dark though

The Titian white oilpaint sink somewhat in and therefor I have to put another layer on top of the first layer. Perhaps I have to repeat this process befor I can add some transparant layers of color.
Size of this little painting is 15x20cm and I use MDF with a couple of layers of grey acrylic paint on it and I sand the surface really smooth.

still life old masters technique next stage

After many hours of painting this is the result. Of course still a lot of work to do, like the lemon, the plate and the background have to be muted a bit.
Monique Eysink, is a great teacher, I am learning so much from her.
And I am loving this kind of technique.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

next stage still life oilpainting

I worked at the background, I think it works well.
And I painted the first pear.
Still many layers of paint all over is needed.
Some of the colors need to be deepened, some to be lighter, some to be toned dow, some to be brighter, etc, etc.
And of course I need to paint the two other pears first.

little Chihuahua in needle felt

Recently I starte with needle felting animals. And I love it. I am working at a small Chihuahua dog.
It is not easy to take pictures so I will try to take other better pictures soon.
She has to go to the hairdresser.
I just finished in adding hair to the body. I still have to work on her face and she will get a beautiful longhaired tail.

I have a shorthair and a longhair Chihuahua so I can look at them to get it right.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

next steps of the Old Masters technique paintings

Slowly, slowly is the progress, but it is a lot of work this technique.
In my previous posts you can see the steps I already have taken to get to this stage.
This is only the first layer of color.
Still a long way to go, many layers of color, many details to be added.

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