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Simplifying the light I am in love with our old house. I believe this is the fourth painting I am making of this very room (have a look at the  first , the  second  and the  third  one). The sunlight makes nice and strong contrasts when it falls through the west facing windows, making the historic interior and its colours quite vivid. So I wanted to paint that effect. It's a good exercise to simplify things, too, and I hope I haven't involved too much of unnecessary details. I painted this one alla prima on a Mus panel with oil colours. As usual I used the three primary colors plus burnt umber and titanium white. This is how it became the Amelander Interior, oil, panel, 24x30 cm. View the finished painting in my  gallery . in progress

Coffee time

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Light, books, etc. For a long time I wanted to paint a still life with books again. A few weeks ago, I was reading a book one evening, having a nice cup of coffee. The old bouillotte lamp was on, and it gave a nice soft light-dark effect to the stuff on the table and the books on the shelves behind. I took a few pictures of that setting, and I knew I wanted to paint it. Again, I used the three primary colors plus burnt umber and titanium white. This is how it became The Cup of Coffee, oil, panel, 24x30,5 cm. View the finished painting in my  gallery . in progress