WIP Oktober week 2

Visited another local exhibition yesterday. No photographs this time, however.

Trying to come up with a list of legendary heroes  and mythological figures (excluding characters from modern fiction such as those appearing in Marvel and Hunger Games films) that had something to do with bow and arrows: Antoine, Saint Sebastian, Artemis/Diana, Apollo, Achilles, Cupid, Wilhelm Tell, the white horseman of the Apocalyps, Theresa of Avila. Samael uses a poisoned sword and is not part of this particular fight club.

Second full week of Inktober is almost finished. Here are the seven sketches, hastily and sloppily done with Staedtler pigment liners and Conté coloured pencils:


Sunday: Oedipus and sphinx after a study by Moreau that I hadn’t seen before until yesterday.

And some other stuff, ao: angel with cup of death after Dulac

PIP (paintings in progress): last stages of Orestes after Moreau. Just one more round and then he’ll be stored in the closet for a while:



These Japanese dolls were displayed near Minolta cameras  in my grandfather’s photo shop. They need some restoration work.

Het ouderlijk huis opruimen is een wrange schattenjacht. Er komen voorwerpen tevoorschijn die herinneringen oproepen aan je kindertijd of waarvan je geen idee hebt waar ze vandaan komen. Of duistere geheimen, maar die ben ik nog niet tegengekomen. Toen ik die poppen zag borrelden er meteen ideeën voor bizarre diorama’s op. Alleen ontbreekt het me aan de tijd op het ogenblik.

Old dolls, not sure where they are from. The heads are made of plastic so not very, very old.

Naast het kladwerk in het atelier van de academie zijn we ook naar de expo van Borremans’ recentste werk gegaan. Ik had nog nooit een schilderij van Borremans in het echt gezien dus het was wel interessant om de ware dimensies van de werken te ‘beleven’. Sommige schilderijen waren veel kleiner dan ik dacht, andere juist veel groter. Er waren taferelen met bebloede peuters die met afgehakte ledematen rondliepen, rappers die vreemde dansjes uitvoeren op miniformaat en ingepakte mensen en hoofden. Een beoordeling ga ik hier niet geven, kijk en oordeel zelf maar. De werken vind je op de website van de Zeno X Gallery.

Door al het bovenstaande was er niet veel tijd om thuis te schilderen dus heb ik veel tekeningen gemaakt en daarbij nog per dag een schets in inkt  voor Inktober, snel en los gemaakt. Het is even wennen. Hier de compositiebestanden, een paar tekeningen zijn naar foto en de rest naar oude schilderijen (de vleesspiezen zijn erbij verzonnen):

En nog een Rudolph in potlood als voorbereidend werk:


October, fear of the painted canvas

October is Inktober month. You’re supposed to draw something in ink each day and post it. There are 31 prompts to get you started. Today’s prompt is Swift. Couldn’t think of anything better than a sketch of Jonathan Swift. It’s a caricature that I made very swiftly killed so two birds with one stone etc. I am not sure I will be able to create a drawing every single day but there’s nothing wrong with ambition.

Other work done: cleaned out our garage but also did some more work on Orestes, mostly on the legs.  It was already quite dark when I took the picture so I had to pimp it a little.

The David was going nowhere so I overpainted it with a layer of some leftover Naples yellow paint, then sketched the Cano/Velazquez on it with charcoal, but it got too dirty and messy. I wiped most of the charcoal off and slapped the leftovers from the Orestes palette on the canvas, more or less in the shape of a dead Jesus. I don’t know if this is a good way to start a painting. I also don’t know if it was a good idea in general.  I fear the painted canvas.


WIP – July 2017

Three paintings in progress, all very free copies of old paintings, just to practise. I started these before the summer break, but due to illness and death of my father in July I haven’t been able to complete them yet. I am going to finish them in real oil paint and for health reasons will be using a supposedly safe thinner/cleaner. I have tested the product as a cleaner and it works well. I have no idea how well it will work as a thinner. I’ll just have to try.

Angel, after a follower of Caravaggio. Base drawing on a 40×60 (I think) canvas with sepia pencil.

Orestes, after Gustave Moreau. First layer in Artisan on a 40×60 canvas. Will continue in real oil. Will change the background from the original.

David with the head of Goliath, after Caravaggio. It’s pretty bad and messed up at the moment. Couldn’t get the face right. Started in Artisan, will continue in real oil.