Tag: WIP

Some WIP

Not a Bold or other treasure hunting post, just some random new WIP. These are the things I am currently working on. Most of them just in the early stages.

1 – Death at Nancy: This one is just a joke. I bought a bad reproduction of a painting but with a nice frame in the thrift shop and added random stuff to it.

2. Agincourt – This is just the first layer. This one is painted in real oils; so I put it aside for now as I am working with Artisan right now.

3. Man with blue hat – Painted a small study of a van Eyck, just to see if it was doable.

4. Parsifal – Just something random I am painting over an unfinished painting that has fallen from grace. I wanted to paint a kitschy pre-raphaelite thingie but it’s turning more into something symbolist. We’ll see how it goes.

5. Another Rogier – First layer, going to paint some more tonight. I still have to watch the dvd’s but I’ve started another small portrait study on black paper. The series has the most amazing hats.

Small things

Today I worked on the following:

  • Painted a few sketches
  • Added some details on a Louis XI portrait on paper
  • Wasn’t pleased with Charles’ doublet so made some changes
  • Painted some details on Brexit

Just a couple of sketches in oil paint on brown paper:

Sketch of Matthias Corvinus, king of Hungary in the 15th century

Fantasy portrait of Henry Beaufort, based on miniatures of his family members, wanted it to look miniature like, in which everybody looks more or less the same.


Some exploratory doodles for paintings that may never happen. Just started so not finished in any way.

Oil paint on A4 paper.

Maybe Baudouin of probably Burgundy, after Gossaert
Man with decorative hat somewhat looking like CtB
Angel, very freely after Rembrandt.

As a side note: I am painting another layer of Charles the Bold’s jacket but after looking at a picture of another van der Weyden, the black velvet of the typical Burgundian doublets may have a brown purplish sheen instead of pure black. Not sure if it’s the camera or the paint. I hope I can sneak out of Haring to have another look at Anthony on Tuesday.

This is what I mean (hand of Philippe de Croÿ):

WIP – Update

Currently working on a number of paintings and studies, both at home and at the academy. Not going to post the intermediate work here but here’s a list of the WIP:

  • The copy of the van der Weyden portrait of Charles (not the Bold yet): I want to work on the doublet next week, before I continue with the hair and the hands
  • Oscar: working on the background, not sure what to do with it yet
  • Brexit: working on some details
  • Monthléry: adding more items to the background
  • Agincourt: first layer of the knight
  • Study on paper of the angel’s face of Rembrandt’s Jacob and the angel
  • Study on paper of a portrait of Charles the Bold
  • Study of the face of the Gossaert portrait (see previous post)
  • Small postcard size portrait of Philip the Good for a project.
  • Prepared two new canvases.

Working on an alternative biography of Charles the Bold.

Working on the bibliography for the item mentioned above.


Still busy with Henry/Olivier sketches.

Studying several so-called crypto portraits of Charles the Bold and assembling a bibliography.

Sword training. Still need to create a decent Burgundian/French costume but already found some fairly medieval looking leather boots in the thrift store.

Started work on the miniatures. Started a new sketchbook because my drawing skills need to improve drastically if I want to progress. Meanwhile working on several paintings, none of them finished yet. Here are some samples, while the cat is eating several items on my desk, including one of the magi of the epiphany cake.

Brexit. I got further than this, but no picture of it yet. Lots of reflections unfortunately. Yes, that’s a rat. Rat leaving the sinking ship.

Worked on Oscar, but not on the B at home.

Study/sketch of Mark Rylance in Wolf Hall. I mixed water colour and oil paint which is not something you’re supposed to do and thus the colours are quite flat in the picture. I’m also a bit frustrated by how difficult it is to take decent pictures of paintings and drawings. But no excuses…


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