Monthly Archives: December 2022

An ode to the humble sketch

December 27, 2022 This is how it all began with my art: sketching. Since my childhood it runs like a river through my artistic activities. Researching a new subject always involves sketching. Sometimes of a single feature, sometimes to try out several points of view. It always gives me joy to bring out the charcoal pencils. When I… Read More »

How a snowman created the stars…

December 21, 2022 Once upon a time, there was a cute little snowman. He was a handsome fellow, with a black hat, an orange nose, stones for eyes and tree branches for arms. And because the weather was so frigid, he had also been adorned with a warm, orange scarf. The little kids who had built him right… Read More »

The old lady and the cat…

December 13, 2022 I find myself less and less interested in painting everything that is present in a reference picture faithfully and completely. Especially when I am playing around with something that is not a dedicated portrait. It is a neat development to go through for me – trying to create something with just minimal sketch lines to… Read More »

Pinochio’s ‘Sebastian’ à la Nicky…

December 12, 2022 Today I watched a documentary about ‘the making of’ the new animated motion picture about Pinochio. Oh how I wish I was 40 years younger and on the verge of choosing a career! I am absolutely positive I would have landed in the wonderful world of movie animation. There is one character in this new… Read More »

A painting for a custom frame: what are your thoughts?

December 3, 2022 You may remember that I recently had my ‘Barn cat’ painting framed in a former window of an old barn from Tiny Township, Ontario? Well, I bought a second memento of the same estate sale. I just could not control myself… And now I have all sorts of ideas rolling around my brain about a… Read More »