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Vlinderkind

Illustraties voor het boek Sprookjes van Deirdre Het derde sprookje in het boek van Dimphy Timmers heet Vlinderkind. Je tekende toch ook toen je kind was? Soms misschien ook buiten, in de tuin. En zou het nu toeval zijn dat je een vlinder wilde inkleuren met de kleurpotloden die je van een vriendin hebt gekregen en hoppa, er landt een echte vlinder bij je. Om te kijken of het goed lukt? Of misschien om te poseren? Ik weet niet wat hier waar is, maar deze kleurpotloden zijn echt en die heb ik wel van een vriendin gekregen! Wil je weten waar het echte verhaal van Vlinderkind over gaat? Lees het in het boekje. De bundel is nu verkrijgbaar in de boekwinkel Enjoy Books, het Sorgdrager museum, in de Herberg de Zwaan en in Onder de Vuurtoren.  Meer volgt.

Third Show in Stalhuus

  Number Three No idea what the number three means in numerology, but... In three weeks, our three-day exhibition of three artists in three different disciplines will start for the third time. Once again in the beautiful Stalhuus at Burenlaan 16 in Hollum. This time, the exhibition will showcase the art of Klaas Nobel, Mathilda van der Weij, and myself. There is a nice piece by Charlotte Penders about this show in the latest issue of De Amelander. Save the date: June 14, 15 and 16! Also, take a look at valta.nl/expo for what to expect. NL Getal Drie Geen idee wat het getal drie in numerologie betekent, maar... Over drie weken gaat onze driedaagse expositie van drie kunstenaars in drie verschillende disciplines voor de derde keer van start. Opnieuw in het prachtige Stalhuus aan de Burenlaan 16 in Hollum. Deze keer met de kunst van Klaas Nobel, Mathilda van der Weij en mijzelf. Er staat een mooi stuk van Charlotte Penders hierover in de laatste Amelander. Save the date: 14, 15 en 16 jun

Miroushka

  Illustraties voor het boek Sprookjes van Deirdre Het tweede sprookje in het boek van Dimphy Timmers heet Miroushka. Toen ik een schilderijtje voor dit verhaal wilde maken, dacht ik aan een mooi stuk natuur, een plas in het bos waar je heerlijk in alle rust kunt wandelen, weg van de drukte en menigte. De drukte is echter vlakbij, daar achter de bomen staat een circustent. En boven die tent verzamelen zich de donkere wolken. Wat gaat er gebeuren? En heeft de reflectie in het water er iets mee te maken? Wil je weten wat het verhaal van Miroushka is? Lees het in het boekje. De bundel is nu verkrijgbaar in de boekwinkel Enjoy Books, in de Herberg de Zwaan en in het Pannenkoekhuis Onder de Vuurtoren.  Meer volgt.      

Sterre

Illustraties voor het boek Sprookjes van Deirdre Volgende week zaterdag is de presentatie van het boek door vertelgroep Ameland Vertel! in Herberg de Zwaan in Hollum. Er wordt over het boek en over Dimphy verteld, uit het boek voorgelezen, met live muziek ook. En ik ben er ook om de originele illustraties te laten zien.    Vanaf nu laat ik hier en op  mijn Facebook de illustraties één voor één zien. Ik plaats dus de komende weken 8 posts met 8 illustraties die voor de Sprookjes van Deirdre zijn gemaakt. Je staat voor het raam en kijkt diep de heldere nacht in. Het knuffel lammetje op de vensterbank kijkt met je mee. Daar buiten is licht dat van de maan komt en de roeden van het raam verkleurt. Het jurkje hangt er klaar om gedragen te worden. Jij, lammetje en jurkje, jullie samen zijn aan het wachten. Jullie missen iets. Alles staat stil. En alleen de eeuwige sterren in de lucht geven jullie steeds de knipogen.    Een stil verdriet, waar je niets aan kan doen. Waarbij je zegt: het is

North to South

  Current shows South. In February, the art show 'Painting of the Year' at the RRMND Gallery was coming to an end, when fellow artist Koen Ketelaars approached me. He offered me the opportunity to showcase my work at his new venue, which combines art, music, theatre, and a cafe. I was honoured by this offer and I accepted it. The preparations were quick and easy, as Koen, being a professional, knows how to get things done. He selected six paintings from my Hands' Private Life series, I packed them carefully and brought them to the venue, Cultuurlokaal De Ketel , located in the picturesque village of Hilvarenbeek, in the south of the Netherlands.  Starting from April 1st, De Ketel is open to the public, featuring an exhibition of art by six artists, including myself. The place is fantastic, with perfect lighting and atmosphere. Art combined with a top location, friendly staff, good music, and delicious cakes and coffee - what more could you ask for?  My paintings will be o

Sprookjes van Deirdre

  Het boek is uit!   Het is al gedrukt en ligt binnenkort in de winkels. Ik ben trots en vereerd dat ik mijn bescheiden bijdrage mocht leveren aan dit prachtige boekje: ik heb de illustraties gemaakt voor acht prachtige verhalen van Dimphy Timmers.    In januari schreef ik  over hoe het allemaal begon. Het was een uitzonderlijk goed en efficiënt teamwerk met Peter van Noort, Jeanet de Jong, de drukker MarneVeenstra. In no-time waren we klaar met vormgeving, correcties en publiciteitsstrategie zodat het boekje snel kon worden uitgegeven en gepresenteerd. En het was totaal onverwacht en ontroerend om mee te maken dat een aantal particuliere sponsors vanuit eigen initiatief het harde kaft van het boekje hebben gefinancierd.     Charlotte Penders heeft over deze sprookjesbundel een mooi  artikel  geschreven, het is nu gepubliceerd in De Amelander nr. 3 van 2024. 18 mei, op de verjaardag van Dimphy, wordt het boek gepresenteerd in de Heerskamer van Herberg de Zwaan door het vertelcollectief

Downstairs XI

  Ruby! Potatoes! Just like in Downstairs X , the idea for this one comes from visiting the manor house of the Menkemaborg estate. The kitchen maid, cleaning vegetables for the cook, is inspired by poor dear Ruby, the character from the great 1970s British TV series "Upstairs, Downstairs".       Oil on canvas 40 x 30 cm, alla prima, limited palette. View the finished painting in my  gallery .

Rewards

  Back to Hands' Private Life  Rewards from nature can sometimes be difficult to obtain but are always satisfying. Take a look at this harvest from the apple trees in our garden.  It appears that I have neglected my "Hands" series for a while, but I am now returning to it.  ...more soon... Oil on canvas 30 x 50 cm, alla prima, limited palette. View the finished painting in my  gallery .

Downstairs X

Bedstede in the kitchen The next one in the Downstairs series depicts the very Dutch historic interior of the sleeping place located in the corner of the kitchen in the gorgeous house of the Menkemaborg estate.  This "closet bed" was very common in the Netherlands until the early 20th century. In fact, even our own old house has those closets, too.   These particular closet beds provided living space for the kitchen servants right at the workplace, which was quite practical and economical during those times.  If you are interested in learning more about these beds, you can check out the  Box bed  on Wikipedia. During my visit to this house, I was mesmerized by the afternoon light streaming in from the small windows and illuminating the vivid red wooden closet wall and the huge oak beam. That effect I've now attempted to capture in this painting.        Oil on canvas 30 x 40 cm, alla prima, limited palette. View the finished painting in my  gallery .

Downstairs IX

Another pantry The ninth interior painting in the Downstairs series goes about a small pantry that is situated literally under the stairs in the manor house of Fraeylemaborg estate.        Oil on panel 30 x 40 cm, alla prima, limited palette. View the finished painting in my  gallery .

Eveline's Apples

An appeltaart to be Last autumn, our friend who lives nearby picked some beautiful apples from her garden and left them at our front door, as a gift. I placed the apples in an old French bowl on a small table under the kitchen window. The soft autumnal light from above created interesting shadows, and I added some essential ingredients such as eggs, lemon, cinnamon sticks and sugar for a Dutch appeltaart . I took a couple of photographs of the setting.      Several months later, it could be used as a good exercise at the painters club, which was founded by Eveline (who had given us those apples). I have been invited to speak at the club from time to time, sharing my knowledge of painting techniques and composition. We all decided to attempt to paint this particular still-life setting, resulting in several different versions. I am certain that all of these paintings are beautiful in their own way. I will call my own painting "Eveline's Apples".   Oil on canvas 24 x 30 cm,

Downstairs VIII

Another cellar The eighth in the series, this painting depicts one of the vaulted cellars in the Doorwerth Castle, which we visited last autumn. A dark and cold storage room with an ancient water pump and some hunted game hanging on an iron wild crown. An old iron-cast lantern illuminates the space, casting strong shadows on the vaulted ceiling and walls. Small pumpkins have been harvested from the kitchen garden and stored in the aisle leading to the next room, which is probably closed and unused. Winter season is approaching. I was intrigued by the atmosphere of this little space in the downstairs quarters of this house. Now it's in my painting.       Oil on cardboard 21 x 25 cm, alla prima, limited palette. View the finished painting in my  gallery .

Downstairs VII

  Historic cellar This time I only had to cross the backyard to visit the house from 1751, now the Sorgdrager Museum . There is a well-preserved original cellar underneath the house floor that was used for cold storage. The walls and floor of the cellar are covered with traditional orange and green glazed tiles which makes the light reflect in a unique way.  I love the way the natural light spreading and reflecting through the only small window mixes with the artificial light from the lamps, creating nice and deep shades and changing the colours of the tiles.  This is the effect I tried to capture in my painting. This will be the seventh interior in the Downstairs series.        Oil on panel 25 x 35 cm, alla prima, limited palette.    View the finished painting in my  gallery .

Cup of Espresso

Chiaroscuro meets Bauhaus  It seems that I have always been fascinated by strict lines and geometrical forms and shapes. Perhaps, unconsciously, as I was in my early years quite interested in something like the Bauhaus and Constructivism styles of a century ago.  So, for this still life, I tried to build a real-life setting using everyday objects and then highlighted them with sharp contrasts between light and shadow. I believe this resulted in a strong composition.       Oil on cardboard 24 x 29 cm, alla prima, limited palette.   View the finished painting in my  gallery .

Downstairs V and VI

Back to historic interiors I am still in love with the original interiors of old manor houses. Last year, Paul and I went on a short research tour, visiting several estates in the North of the country. Most of them are museums nowadays, while some are still private houses and are normally closed to the public.  Observing all those marvellous halls and drawing rooms, libraries and boudoirs is great. However,  I am particularly fond of the downstairs area. It is usually less rebuilt or demolished and it has a wonderful nostalgic atmosphere inside.  Learning about how it used to be is always nice and important. The past is the foundation for the future, don't you agree? So, I am continuing to paint my series 'Downstairs'. These two are the fifth and the sixth in the series and depict a part of the kitchen in the Mensinge manor house in Drenthe. I spent a lovely afternoon there last May, being helped by some very kind volunteers.          Downstairs V: oil on canvas 30 x 40 cm,

The Shows

  North - South - West - North and backwards Over the past weekend, I had a lot going on, travelling around the country. On Friday, I went to Eindhoven to deliver one of my paintings for the ArtEindhoven Fair.  On my way back, I visited the Centraal Museum, which finally had its permanent collection back on display, and then I picked up some other paintings of mine from a previous exhibition in Utrecht. Later that evening, I treated myself to a ballet/opera show in Zwolle. Then on Sunday, I went all the way to Limburg to visit a gallery where two of my paintings are currently on display. One of them was nominated for the Painting of the Year event, and I'm proud to say it made it into the top 50. The gallery RRMND is located in a former Philips factory, which is a unique and interesting post-industrial space. This exhibition will be held until March 3.    While I was there, I met a good and promising artist Maayke Bal who I believe has a bright artistic future.  Meanwhile, the

Prints

Limited or Open Editions. Easy and Affordable. If you are interested in purchasing one of my paintings, but can't find it available at the moment, either because the original has already been sold, is currently on show or on loan, or because it simply exceeds your budget. (All currently available original paintings of mine are represented by Saatchi Art or Amelander Kunstenaars . Please check these sites for the prices and availability.) You could of course always commission a similar painting. However, there is also an affordable option for acquiring high-quality prints, either in limited or open editions. So, you can order your print now. Read on to find out how on my page valta.nl/prints

Illustrations

Something very special Totally unexpected, I've recently received a commission, and what an extraordinary one it was! We happen to have wonderful neighbours here around. One of them was Dimphy. Unfortunately 'was'. She passed away this winter after a hard and unfair fight with her illness. Not long after her funeral, I learned from her husband Peter, that shortly before her untimely death, she wanted me to illustrate the book she's been planning to publish. Regrettably, I didn't know her very well. I spoke to her and her husband only once. However, I knew her mostly from their theatre performances. Dimphy was a good actress. From what I saw on the stage, she reminded me often of Giulietta Masina in her expressions, passion and tone. I believe I could remember her voice and the intonations of her narrations. That feeling I got also as I was reading her fairy tales. With that feeling, I painted those little stories, the illustrations for her book. I really hope they c

Late Summer Evening

Commissioned One of the best things about participating in an art show is receiving commissions. When potential art collectors see your work and ask you to paint something special for them because they like your style and techniques, it's a great feeling. That is what happened during the last Driedaagse Expo . I've received commissions from three art lovers. They specified the subjects of the paintings, as well as the approximate formats and styles, and left the rest up to me. It took me a while to choose the right day to capture the light I wanted. Fortunately, the locations were not far, so I could walk there many times taking photographs to choose later the right composition and lighting. I probably took hundreds of photos to choose later a few as a reference.  After that, I did some small studies to check the colours and the overall picture. Once I was satisfied, I began to put it on canvas.  Creating art for a commission while keeping in mind that it might not be approved

't Skuurke

Commissioned One of the best things about participating in an art show is receiving commissions. When potential art collectors see your work and ask you to paint something special for them because they like your style and techniques, it's a great feeling. That is what happened during the last  Driedaagse Expo . I've received commissions from three art lovers. They specified the subjects of the paintings, as well as the approximate formats and styles, and left the rest up to me. It took me a while to choose the right day to capture the light I wanted. Fortunately, the locations were not far, so I could walk there many times taking photographs to choose later the right composition and lighting. I probably took hundreds of photos to choose later a few as a reference.  After that, I did some small studies to check the colours and the overall picture. Once I was satisfied, I began to put it on canvas.  Creating art for a commission while keeping in mind that it might not be approved

The end of the year

  Quickies Looking back at 2023 from an artistic point of view, it was not a bad year at all for me. The year started, however, with a huge disappointment. For months I was preparing for participation in a certain annual event, but in the end, I was not even allowed to apply for it. I still have no idea what the real reason was, as the reason given by the event management was pure nonsense, which made me question their professionalism. The refusal did bring me down severely for quite a while. But with the support of my partner, I eventually regained my confidence and continued painting. Fortunately, things started to look up a few months later.  In March, I was glad to help as a volunteer to organise a retrospective exhibition ( Hidden Treasures ) at the local museum. In June, helping with another exhibition ( Tames Oud ).           The second edition of our Three-Day Show in June was a success again. I was glad to meet new local emerging artists and give them a podium. I met there lot

Oosterlaan

  Sunset The story follows soon...      Oil on canvas 30 x 40 cm, alla prima, limited palette.   View the finished painting in my  gallery .

Busy Season

  November results This November was a busy month for me. The art show by Amelander Kunstenaars was a huge success, with over 4.5 thousand art lovers visiting. Although I didn't sell anything this time, I am happy to have had the opportunity to showcase my paintings to so many people.  The two paintings I exhibited are still available on the websites of Amelander Kunstenaars and Saatchi Art . Speaking of Saatchi Art, they sold two of my paintings in November - a still life and one from my Hands' Private Life series. These paintings are now on their way to an art collector in Florida, US.  Additionally, two more paintings have been sent to Roermond for the upcoming Painting of the Year exhibition.    

Upcoming show

  Nominee I never thought I would participate in an art competition as I do not believe that art should be a subject of competition. However, I decided to give it a go when I learned about the jury members. I did not expect anything at all, but to my surprise, my painting 'Counterproposal' from the 'Hands' Private Life' series made it to the top 50 out of 500 Paintings of the Year .  As a reward, I have been given the opportunity to exhibit two of my paintings for six weeks at the RRMND gallery in Roermond, Limburg, starting at the end of January. Not bad for a competition sceptic after all. This is a great opportunity for me to showcase my work, and I am very happy about it. The second painting that I will exhibit is called 'Friend or Foe,' which is also from the 'Hands' Private Life' series, and it depicts our already famous Chester .

November Show

  An island filled with art Happy to participate in this very special show again (for the 5th time) in the group exhibition by the Amelander Kunstenaars. Traditionally, the thirty days of November are dedicated to celebrating art on our island. Along with many artists from the Dutch mainland and abroad, a total of thirty fellow artists from my island are showcasing about 200 art pieces that can be found in one of the locations in Buren. This is always a special event, as the artists themselves guide the location, and we expect as usual thousands of art enthusiasts and collectors to attend.  Check the exhibition page at amelanderkunstenaars.nl/kunstmaand2023 for more information. I am proud to support the group with a website and social media marketing.  I am also excited to share that these two of my paintings are on display this year.

Ageing Together

Still going strong Time rolls by and our little hero Chester is now a 12.5-year-old gentleman.  I had an antique oval frame that was broken and collecting dust in storage for about 15 years. I didn't know what painting would suit it until recently when I decided to restore it. At first, I considered a classical portrait, but then Paul took some photographs of me embracing Chester with my hands. I liked the setting and thought it would fit well with my Hand's Private Life series. So, I used the photographs to paint this piece. However, I have no idea how to define the dimensions of an oval-shaped painting yet.        This painting is another one in the Hands' Private Life series. Oil on acid-free cardboard approximately 38 x 49 cm, alla prima, limited palette.   View the finished painting in my  gallery .

CV

  Curriculum Vitae Just added my complete artist CV to my website.  It was high time to do that, I suppose. You can check it here: valta.nl/cv    

Fighter

  Inner wrestle This time it was a fantasy scene inspired by an uncredited photograph I came across somewhere on Tumblr. I tried and did my best but I could not trace the original or the name of the author. Yet somehow I irresistibly wanted to paint this scene, that final moment before the bout, the moment between peace and fight. The frozen tension combined with the calm concentration of this pose and gesture intrigued me for weeks. I was doubting for a long time if I had to paint after this photograph. The urge to try and paint finally won.     Well, hereby the difficult question I keep on asking myself (and my fellow artists). Besides all the crediting and copyrighting issues, is our art that is made on the base of someone else's work truly art at all? Or is that then simply a skill? Yes, I significantly altered the whole setting to fit my own vision, but still, the fundamental elements of the idea, composition, lighting, and thus the most important jobs in art, were actually al

Utrecht Revisited

  A new show in the Gallery Rob Rademaker I love being in the old historic downtown of Utrecht.  It's always nice to return to the place where I used to live for 13 happy years, until 7 years ago we moved to another beautiful but totally different place. Luckily the old city centre is not changing much or rapidly so I still recognise and enjoy the historic streets, grachten,   hofjes,  churches and houses I used to walk along.    Right in the middle of this beautiful downtown, behind the city hall, you can find the Gallery Rob Rademaker , located on the ground floor of a very old house with a rich history. This autumn, the gallery is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Now you can imagine how excited, happy and honoured I am to be exhibiting my paintings here.  From 9 September to the end of October, the works of three artists, Rob Jacobs, Henri Poppelaars and myself are on show in this gallery.  Well, if you happen to (re)visit Utrecht during these months,  take a leisurely stroll d

Downstairs 4

Red cupboard Back to the great house of the Verwolde estate. A tiny utility room with a large low sink served as a practical space where various household tasks were carried out, out of sight from the more formal areas of the house. Such rooms are designed to facilitate chores and activities that might be considered less glamorous but are essential to the functioning of the household. Utility rooms are often located in the less public areas of the house, such as the basement, in order to maintain the aesthetic and atmosphere of the more refined living spaces.  However, even this room can still look attractive in its simplicity and efficiency, especially when the light from the only small window creates soft shadows. That's what I aimed to capture in my painting. This painting is another one in the Downstairs series.  Oil on canvas 24 x 30 cm, alla prima, limited palette. Final varnish to be applied not before August 2024.        View the finished painting in my  gallery . 

Summer Shows

  Current exhibitions I am pleased to announce that five of my paintings are currently being exhibited in two museums on the island of Ameland. At the Museum Swartwoude in Buren, you can view three of my oil paintings from the Island Sheep series alongside stunning art by Trees Beijaard and Yulia Schutterop . Additionally, two of my older paintings are being displayed as part of the Zomer Vol Kunst exhibition of Amelander Kunstenaars at the new Museum Cultuurkerk in Nes. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase my artwork and would love for you to come to see it for yourself when you visit the island. View these and other paintings of mine in my gallery  

Choices

  Looking for solutions To make serious choices, sometimes we need to sit down and think. How do hands help a human in this case? Have you ever noticed that sometimes we hold our hands in a mirror-like fashion, with the fingertips of both hands pressed against each other? What is the reason behind this gesture? Does it have something to do with our inner energy circle, or is it just a way to connect the loose ends as precisely as possible? I have no idea. Yet we immediately recognise this pose and gesture as a sign of doubt, pressure, burden, tension, stress, and struggle. Even without seeing the person's entire body or face, we can tell that they're going through a difficult time trying to make the right decisions. May our decisions be wise. This painting is another one in the Hands' Private Life series.  Oil on panel 24 x 30 cm, alla prima, limited palette. Final varnish to be applied not before July 2024.        View the finished painting in my  gallery .

Towards Autumn

The Veluwe in Oil We love hiking through nature and we take every opportunity to do so. Chester enjoys those adventures a lot as he can do what nature means him to do. And we enjoy him.  I took a few pictures while walking in the heath fields near Wezep (Veluwe) last year (you can see one of the reference photos beneath). The heath was at the end of its heyday but still beautifully colourful. I actually really liked this scenery, so I painted it with pleasure.  This time I tried to work with a palette knife a bit more. Not sure about the effect yet. Well, I hope you will enjoy the atmosphere.    Alla prima, oil, panel 25x35 cm. View the finished painting in my  gallery .

Another show

Amelander Kunstenaars in the Amelander Cultuurkerk Happy and proud to collaborate on this amazing art project. Twenty of my fellow island artists are to show their art the whole summer at a beautiful venue, the former old church in the historic centre of the village of Nes.  The church has recently been bought by Amelander Musea and the group of local artists was now honoured to exhibit their artworks in it. My two old paintings are among them.  We had a great opening yesterday with a lovely crowd. Wish us luck. The exhibition is mostly run by the artists themselves and is open every day between 1 pm and 5 pm until the end of October. Check the page of this art show Zomer Vol Kunst for more information.  

Hidden Place

  Another landscape Putting Paul and Chester in an imaginative autumnal landscape. Trying to combine perspective, colours and light.     Alla prima, oil on panel 25x35 cm. View the finished painting in my  gallery .

Missing winter?

  Island sheep VI And yet another one in the Sheep Series. As two of my sheep paintings were sold at the show in the Stalhuus last week.    I recently found a nice photograph in my archive. I took the picture two winters back when we were having a couple of cold weeks with some snow. The sheep flocks had some rough times during the icy storms. When the sun shone they could destress and relax a bit, chewing their hay.  Not really content with the perspective I am still happy with this painting. Hope the viewer can feel the atmosphere of changing weather or of a passing snowstorm.  Alla prima, oil, panel 25x35 cm. View the finished painting in my  gallery .

Stalhuus Show: another smashing hit

  Worth repeating, they said Our recent three-day exhibition was a great success once again! We were thrilled to welcome a few hundred visitors who came to admire the beautiful art on display. Many pieces were sold, and we received several commissions. Additionally, some significant agreements were reached during the exhibition.  I am particularly proud of the young artists, Sjors Kiewiet and Peter Kiewied, whose work garnered a lot of public interest. We were also delighted to have Lucienne Dorrestein join us and enhance the ambiance with her live music on the concert flute.  I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Eva, Riekus, Paul, Angelien, and all the others who worked hard to make this exhibition a reality! And it is worth repeating indeed. Save the date for next year: 14 - 16 June 2024. Missed the show? Some works and the artists' info are still to view at  valta.nl/expo

Presummer Art Show

  3 days, 4 artists, 5 disciplines Last year, the three-day exhibition at that fantastic venue of the art patrons Eva and Riekus was a success . More than 200 visitors have seen about 30 of our works of art, many pieces were sold, and the artists received several commissions. So it went well enough to decide to repeat it. No sooner said than done. This year we are organizing another art show by professional island artists in the beautifully preserved historic Stalhuus in Hollum. With many new works: bronze and stone sculptures by Erwin Pattipeilohy , wooden design objects by Peter Kiewied , and my oil paintings. And I am immensely delighted to introduce super talented Sjors Kiewiet with his series of marvellous screen prints. Well, 3 days - 4 artists - 5 disciplines . A must-see. For the lucky ones who are on Ameland on June 16, 17 and 18, welcome and see you then! Not on Ameland those days? Don't worry! Follow my blog and our social media - there will certainly be some stories an

Rainy Day

  Back to the Hands' Private Life For a long time, I was carrying the idea of combining a historic cityscape with some hand gestures or actions. Suddenly I came across an old selfie photograph I took years ago in the beautiful downtown of Dokkum. It was a cold, wet and foggy day before Christmas and the streets were almost empty. The picture seemed to have the perspective I had in mind. Then I thought the pair of hands opening an umbrella would be a suitable story. So I put my jacket on, grabbed the vintage umbrella that we found last summer in a second-hand store, and asked Paul to take some shots to use later for this painting.  Paul has become an essential co-creator when I need a photograph of my both hands at once. Because it's quite impossible to take a selfie of both hands, don't you think? Well, thank you, Paul!    So this became another one in my series Hands' Private Life. Painted alla prima with a limited palette of oil colours on acid-free cardboard  20 x 41

Downstairs 3

Back to interiors and still lifes Returning to the House of Verwolde and its nicely preserved interiors, I loved to paint a corner of this small room situated in the souterrain, probably a pantry, filled in with authentic storage stuff.  I have already painted two downstairs' rooms, a gardener room and a scullery , and I am quite in love with them. So I have some more ideas and plans. Will these become another series? Let's then call this one Downstairs 3.  Painted alla prima with a limited palette of oil colours on canvas 24 x 30 cm. View the finished painting in my  gallery .

Hidden Treasures

Something different Happy to help organize this unique exhibition. Unique, among other things, because almost all works come from different private collections, but especially because of the artist herself: an Ameland woman, mother of a large family, who only started painting in her 60s. And how! Her fine feeling for the perfect composition, choice of colour and tonality and excellent light accents make many of her paintings serene and realistic stories that are reminiscent of the great masters. The other works are perfect historical memories of "then" because of the small details. All of this strikes me as a fine example of natural innate talent. And that alone is quite unique. Glad she's "rediscovered" a bit now. More than 50 works by Janke de Jong (1920-1996) will be on display in the Sorgdrager Museum over the next two months.

At Dawn

  Island sheep V And yet another one in the Sheep Series.   Experimenting with a very light background can be surprisingly funny and tricky. I have put these three lovely ladies of the dyke in a dramatic twilight that one often can observe on our island. The time of the day with such a sky could be both dawn and dusk, I guess. But then I decided to put the sea on the right side of the painting, so now it could only be dawn on Ameland. Good morning!  Alla prima, oil, cardboard 40x32 cm. View the finished painting in my  gallery .

Tjettepad

Island sheep IV Another one in the Sheep Series.   There is a unique spot on our island where the last dunes meet the dyke showing a bit of the beach and the Wadden Sea, with a colourful natural swampy area in between. When it's not winter, the sheep are often here to maintain the dyke. They usually lie down on the grass when the wind blows hard. This was a blustery autumn day when I took a picture. Now I wanted to paint it.   Here it is, alla prima, oil, canvas 24x30 cm. View the finished painting in my  gallery .

Sensing

  In touch with the void I made this painting mainly as an experiment. I wanted to see and feel how you paint on a completely transparent base. I used an unbleached linen canvas and covered it with several layers of clear gesso first. Then I painted the setting alla prima.      I am quite satisfied with the result even if I did not manage to erase the corrections of the first drawing made in burnt sienna properly. How do they do it? Perhaps one day I will find out.   I am also quite satisfied with the composition, lighting and values. As for the meaning of this painting, everyone can fill in that void for themselves. I thought it was about touching, feeling, holding and sensing. View the finished painting in  my gallery .

Daffodils for Annet

  A still life for a change Lifting up a friend recovering from surgery is a good opportunity to paint flowers.  Just finished this alla prima little painting with daffodils from the garden. Put in an old Mobach jar they looked lovely on a sunlit windowsill in our kitchen. That's how I got the idea of this little present.   I hope Annet likes the painting. I will give it to her and her husband Ben as soon as it is touch-dry.  View the finished painting in  my gallery .

You'll Get Over It

  What could possibly happen? Something tragic, I assume. I am sure you can imagine dozens of situations where this setting could be possible. Regret, revelation, anger, shock, despair, compassion, support, consolation, reassurance, forgiveness, unbelief, doubt, fear... All of these might apply to the people in this painting. And all these are actually expressed with hands. And there will be nothing of these when you think those hands away, I'm afraid.   This is another small one in my series Hands' Private Life. I painted it all prima with my limited palette of Burnt sienna, Ultramarine blue, Yellow ochre, Cadmium red and Titanium white. As reference, I used the photographs Paul and myself took of me and my hands, in four different settings.    While thinking about how to name this piece, with my music on, the Legacy by PSB suddenly started to playback. The lyrics were so true, my mood was quite down, and the title was chosen. (And first I was thinking of calling it Cavalleria

Blessed

  ... and proud What a good feeling it is to find a fresh copy of De Amelander in the mailbox on Sunday morning. Especially when there is a beautifully written article about you in it. I am really happy and appreciate this so much.

Going Out

Breaking rules What could possibly be the story of this painting? There is nothing more than a pair of male hands buckling a monk straps shoe. Still, an attentive viewer familiar with etiquette and dress codes will notice that there are a few things that don't go by the rules. Considering this person is going out and not in the countryside, could you tell what this person is not doing quite right? A little clue: time  and  colour.   Anyway, I enjoyed painting this, playing with perspective, light and texture. I believe I was able to capture the beautiful effect of suede quite well. (And I love my monk straps!)  View the finished painting in  my gallery .

Finished Book

Every book has an end Sometimes they say human life is like a book. This reader has finished the journey of the book and has closed its cover for the final time. View the finished painting in  my gallery .