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Dutch Style

Here I present the latest projects I’m working on. Basically, unfinished pieces and updates on how they are progressing

I am working on a large (36x48 inches) floral painting in acrylic representing a beautiful bouquet that I photographed this summer.  I am trying to recreate the Old Dutch masters’ style with their fantastic luminosity. I’ve always admired this Golden period of Dutch art, with artists, such as Margaretha Haverman, or Jan Brueghel.

I started on a black-primed canvas. After carefully tracing the drawing, I preceded to paint a grey-toned first layer. This is called a ‘grissaille’, and allows me to concentrate on the value with no color interference.

I then painted layer after layer of transparent acrylics, with thin layers for light values and multiple layers for dark values. I started painting from left to right, so you still can see the gray original layer in parts of the painting.  It is a very slow process, and while I like the result, it is taking a lot longer than I expected. Next painting is going to be ‘A la prima’! (google that!)

I then painted layer after layer of transparent acrylics, with thin layers for light values and multiple layers for dark values. I started painting from left to right, so you still can see the gray original layer in parts of the painting.

It is a very slow process, and while I like the result, it is taking a lot longer than I expected. Next painting is going to be ‘A la prima’! (google that!)