Saturday, 26 November 2011

new! mini canvas prints

I just went to pick up these mini canvas prints from the printer. I'm really pleased with how they've turned out. They are all prints made from our own paintings (oil on canvas). I stretched the canvases myself over tiny wooden frames. They measure 10 x 10cm and 15 x 10cm and look especially cute as a collection. They've now all been assembled, photographed and are on sale in my etsy shop.

Friday, 18 November 2011

windmill on the horizon: commission of a painting on a harpsichord

Last year I posted a video showing the making of the painting Francesco made in commission on the harpsichord of Jan de Viet and now the whole lid has been completed. The part on the left above the keyboard has just been assembled on the harpsichord and now the scene is really complete. It's a beautiful instrument to see and listen too. Jan de Viet has his studio in the old Townhall here in the centre of Tholen where he gives his lessons.

a vase of snow drops: painting from the art classes

We finished this seasons art classes this morning and as we approach the festive season and the days get cooler and shorter I thought this painting compliments the time of year well. It was made by Margreet from our Friday morning class. She's been working on it for the last couple of weeks and I love the colours...the warm reddy brown and cool minty green. I think the technique that she used for the background with the layers of colours works well with the precision of the vase and berries. Beautiful...

Thursday, 17 November 2011

meditative landscape watercolours

Dreamy landscapes where land and water are full of the colours of the sky and the two melt into one...  This latest selection of watercolours try to capture those fleeting magic moments at the start and end of the day.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

laughing-on-sea: new painting of ladies from Zeeland

A good ole belly laugh while paddling in the sea... This is a recently finished oil painting (20 x 20cm) of two ladies wearing the tradional clothing from Zeeland (Zeeuwse klederdracht) enjoying their time at the seaside!

little folding photo books

I've just had these pocket photo books made by Albelli of a few of my recent paintings. I'm really pleased with them! They are cute and small to keep in my bag and the quality of the printing is great too. Thick card with a good shiny finish and linen cover. I'm sure I'll be ordering more...

Saturday, 5 November 2011

The studio kitty: new paintings

Meet our studio cat Moeki. It's nearly a year now since we brought her home from the cat shelter in Zierikzee and she is one of the family, hanging out with us in the art centre and getting in all the hidy holes. She has such a sweet little face I couldn't escape making a series of oil paintings. These are all 13 x 18 cm...I'm sure more will follow!

who ate all the pies?

I was inthe mood for pie baking last night. I thought I'd try a pumpkin pie, for the first time! I found a great recipe in the yoga journal and there was an apple and cranberry pie in there I gave that a whirl. Pretty tasty!

The cafe and the butterflies: new work from the art classes

Yesterday, we had our Friday morning art class. The class is a mix of people working in watercolour and acrylic and two of the watercolour artists have been working on these pieces the last few weeks. Above is a cafe scene from Coby. It was an experiment to try it in black and white since she had already painted a beautiful serie of similar scenes in colour. You can just get lost in the detail!
And this is a beautiful delicate piece from Jannie. I love the contrast and freshness of the colours and the form of the design. It looks stunning framed in!