Monthly Archives: June 2016
I am trying to find my balance between painting in the early morning and in the evening to avoid the scorching heat of the afternoon. I’ve just painted this work outside my frontdoor at the Dutch institute, and the morning climate was indeed very comfortable to work in.
A man came up to me and as he observed me painting he called me a Warrior… I guess in a way he was right.
Out painting today… Today I’ve painted my first painting during my stay at the Dutch Universitary Institute of Art history in Florence… I already felt that as I walked toward town this wasn’t an ordinary day… There was something special in the air… And as I went toward the sculpture of Perseus that I was planning to paint, there was a huge orchestra playing on the square infront of it, and because of it I wasn’t allowed to paint the sculpture… So as I was about to walk back home, I suddenly felt challenged to paint something else… A night scene of the Uffizi gallery… It was a true challenge indeed… My first ever night scene… I finished it in about one hour…
Today I am flying back to Florence, Italy.
During my last stay in this city I met with Michael Kwakkelstein, who is the director of the Dutch Universitary Institute for Art history. When we met and saw my work, he offered me to stay at the Institute for a period of 3 months, as an artist in residence. This was and is a great honor for me of course so I gladly accepted. And since the Institute is normally a place where art historians reside, it was an exception for me to receive this honor as an artist. They have never done this before. So, I am excited as I sit here at the airport. Tomorrow I will turn 36, and I feel this is a beautiful milestone in my life.
I am very greatful for all the people who have liked, commented on and purchased my work, and I am looking forward to keep sharing my story here as it unfolds.
All my best,