I wish you good health, lots of love and positivity in 2021! I am looking forward to see what 2021 has in store for us.
What to create when the whole world is turned upside down?
I spend most my days in 2020 and 2021 at home, like most people. I cannot teach art classes at the moment. Fortunately, home is also where my studio is located!
While homeschooling my son, I started creating a small collection of letterbox paintings. Brievenbus schilderijtjes in Dutch. Small collages on wood I can send (via letterbox post) to your loved ones far away.
In recent years I have become increasingly fascinated by drawing as an independent art form and bringing together wet and dry techniques in a drawing. Inspiring online classes with the Spanish artist Amaya Gurpide made things fall into place.
The changing moods that events worldwide evoked in me can be seen in my work. Working with a great model I started on some bigger drawings in which I want to visualise the impact that 2020 had on me.
Mweh! (1) is a large drawing I've worked on for several months and the first of a series. It came to be because every now and then I want to shut the world out. This feeling came over me more than a few times in 2020. The need to do nothing but simply hang out and breathe for a while.
I started another 100 heads in 100 days. Would you like your face to be featured in this series and receive the drawing? How does it work? Send me a cool photo of your face and from the submissions I choose a number of reference photos that I will work from for around 60 minutes. This will be done either in charcoal, pen, graphite or Polychromos (colored pencil), depending on the referencepic. You pay what it's worth to you and what you can spare, somewhere between 25 and 50 euros. Inevitably some results will turn out better than others. Likeness is not always the goal. The whole experience is a surprise which makes this just as exciting for you as it is for me! Hence the small pricetag.
Would you dare to submit your photo?
I can't wait for classrooms to be filled with creative and bubbly kids and to see their projects come to life. Until then, I work steadily in my studio at home.
In addition to my free work, I accept assignments. Surprise me with your creative ideas and I will make it work!
Unfortunately, an exhibition or open atelier is impossible now, but you are more than welcome to make an appointment to visit my studio. If you have any questions about my work, don't hesitate to call or email me!