This post is the second in a series of oil painting project tutorials derived from coursework completed at Academie Noord in Brasschaat, Belgium. In the 1960s, German artist Gerhard Richter began compiling a series of newspaper clippings and photos of everyday life. He arranged them onto loose sheets of paper in an album he named Atlas. Gerhard Richter’s life and […]
Imprimatura is an incredibly simple layer of an oil painting, but it can affect both the process and outcome of an entire artwork. It can be done in different ways, using any color of the artists’ choosing. Maybe that’s why I find it so interesting. A wash of color that is usually hidden under layers […]
Being an expat is an every day adventure. Saying all-too-frequent good-byes is one of it’s highest price tags. After moving back to “home”, one of my expat friends found herself very much missing her days on Antwerp’s Eilandje. She saw my Graphic Orchids, and asked if I could create a monochrome oil painting for her entryway in the […]
I began this portrait of Damiano at the same time as the Portrait of Isabella. I used the same process and techniques, but for many reasons, this small scale oil painting proved much more challenging in so very many ways. Let’s start from the beginning. I created this very quick profile sketch from life last year. […]
This little oil painting has been in the works for many months. It started with a profile sketch about two years ago, then a second round of profile sketches last year. I decided to turn the sketches into a small-scale portrait this past January. I drew inspiration from Leonardo DaVinci’s La Scapigliata (Head of […]
Orchids are among my favorite flowers. They are simultaneously so elegant, durable, and frail. In this oil painting, I attempted to juxtapose the delicacy of their form with their toughness… in other words, a rough and graphic artwork that is still “pretty”.
I’ve been working on these three small-scale oil paintings for several months now, slowly building up layer after layer. I had an image in my mind of what I wanted them to be, and the result is not surprisingly completely different. That’s what I love about abstract. It defies logic. It is pure subconscious emotion […]