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This painting is too… part 3

What am I working on? I think I finished the painting I showed you two earlier stages of. The one I critiqued with ‘This painting is too…”. Well, basically when I ask myself “This painting is too…?” and nothing comes up, I feel the painting is finished.

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Dike mysticism, continued

Wim Kol and I took the next step in our Dyke mysticism project. We set up Wim’s architectural design on canvas, my usual format, 90 x 90 cm.

Then we looked at the palette of a painting by Dutch artist Jannes de Vries. Jannes de Vries was a member of ‘De ploeg’. An expressionist movement in the northern Dutch province of Groningen. They were most active from the 30’s to the 50’s of the last century. Strongly inspired by German expressionism from the 30’s, especially Kirchner. My wife Anneke and I are fortunate enough to own several paintings by Jannes de Vries.

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Andy Morris, a great art teacher

It is high time I dedicate a post to Andy Morris. Andy is an artist living in the US, I think it’s Phoenix, Arizona. I would never have heard of him, if it wasn’t for Udemy. On Udemy Andy has a series of abstract art courses.

Andy is my major art teacher. A long time ago I was in art school for a few years. I learned more from Andy in a 10 dollar Udemy course, than I did in several years of art school. Really. Why?

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Too dull, too grey, too dark…

Last time I critiqued this picture. I used Nancy Reyner’s “This picture is too…”-formula. I thought it was too… dull, grey-green, dark and even. This is what it looked like.

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Greek fish drawing

Another page from my sketchbook. Although I don’t know about the ‘sketching’ verb. That word seems to presuppose you do a first rough rendering as a sketch and then you do the real painting later in your studio, right?

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Jumping after the fish drawing

From my sketchbook. I have one of these nice classical sketchbooks with the rigid black covers and the sturdy ring binder.

I was teaching in Athens and I wanted to do something artistic in our apartment. I had brought my watercolor box. I don’t find that very easy, watercolors.

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This picture is too…

I read an e-book about painting and critiquing paintings. Written by Nancy Reyner. She says you can improve your painting by asking yourself: “This painting is too…” Good suggestion!

Here is a painting I am working on. It is definitely too… something…

Is it too dull?

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Great Iphone pictures tutorial


I was always disappointed with the pictures my Iphone 8 was taking. I often thought: “Hey this is an expensive phone that even professional photographers use. Why is it taking these sort of vague pictures?”

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Dike temple process

What have I been working on? About half a year ago I started a cooperation with Dutch architect and eco-agro-water visionary Wim Kol. We are basically producing works on 90 x 90 cm. canvases now, using a variety of techniques.

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HOMEHAUS series

Here you see one picture of the HOMEHAUS series in black-and-white print. The actual series will be in color.

What is this series? One day I was on a bike trip in Eastern Europe, I think it was Czechia. I saw an old, rusted car in a grass field. Lots of rubbish around it. And in my mind’s eye I saw an abstracted image of that car with the word HOME underneath it. Don’t ask me why. It was coming straight from my unconscious mind. HOME, I saw it very clearly. In a font like Futura or Montserrat.

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