Self portrait ideas – Fauvistic colors

During recent painting lessons, I wanted to try something new. I decided to go for another self portrait, but at the start I didn’t really know how to give a fresh spin to it. So I just started, and every painting session colors started to get more intense. During the different sessions, I got some good help from my teacher. Together…

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Valentin Serov portrait study in oil paint

During recent painting lessons, I made a study of a wonderful portrait of Russian portrait painter Valentin Serov. What I often like about Serov’s portraits, are the original poses he chose for his models. The portrait he made of Konstantin Korovin (the ‘First Russian Impressionist‘, 1861 – 1939), shows a man who looks relaxed and casual for his time. Below,…

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Started with painting lessons again

I’m happy to start with my painting lessons again. Last week, I’ve had my first lesson on a new location. Professional painter Bryan Rietman still is my teacher. His new studio is actually a classroom in an old school building. Making studio’s and gallery spaces in old empty buildings, is a great way for a city to stimulate the creativity of…

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Charcoal landscape sketches

Making charcoal landscape sketches: lines & darkness A challenge: to catch the atmosphere and richness of a landscape in charcoal on paper. You don’t have any colors and for the lightest parts of your landscape you can only use paper. For me, the two most important things when making charcoal landscape sketches are: Where you put the clearest lines, the lines…

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