Naropa is my Dangerous Friend and powerful Heart Teacher from the Sacha Lineage. I am deeply connected with him and very grateful to know him and to be his student.
This lovely little apple tree grew in our backyard when we were still living in the Kralingseweg in Rotterdam. I just had to paint it.
Little dead mouse in oil colour on a very tiny panel of 6×6 cm, made for Nationaal Muiseum.
Painted this portrait of Dutch top comedian and actor Theo Maassen. The portrait was painted after a photo by Mike Roelofs. Published by Atelier Magazine.
Street Live was a lot of fun this year, but I didn’t manage to finish my portrait just that day. So I took it to the studio and finished it there, a bit later. This is a girl I met at Rotterdam Central Station. To me she had a beautiful look in her eyes, so i asked if i could take her picture to paint a portrait after it.
Next week i will attend the second edition of ‘Street Live’, a live painting event in Rotterdam. If the sun comes out, it will be a fun day painting.
On 9 Februari i did the premiere of my documentairy film in Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam. It was the second docu i’ve been working on, but the very first one i did by myself. So directing, photography/camera, sound recording, editing, some music and the sound post. Still i couldn’t have done it without the great help of Auke Hamers who did a wonderful job with the colourgrading, the titles and cave me some general advice.
The film shows the story of the Dutch painter, poet, secluse and psychonaut J.P. van Aalst . I’ve been following him for about two years with the camera before i started to edit his story. The reactions of the audience was overwhelming and heartwarming. Also J.P. himself was very happy with the film. It was a very much fun project, but there’s an obvious reason why you don’t see people making movies on there own that much… It’s just too much work. Haha, i’ve learned that the hard way, but still i’m glad i did. Now let’s go back to painting!
The film will be available to watch on this site in a little while. First i am gonna propose it to some Dutch filmfestivals.
Aimee is just fun to paint; so i started another portait of her at a clinic at Kunstacademie Leiden in May. Later this year i finished it in the studio. This one was made with Winsor & Newton Oilbars. It’s a bit less abstract than the spraypaint version…
September the 7th, i will join a crew of street artists in a Live Painting session just outside the Me Like Painting studio and the RR Gallery in the city centre of Rotterdam. Feel very welcome to come and take a look…
This second edition of “EatStreetBreatheArt” 30 Dutch street related artists exhibited their work at the Timmerhuis 010 Rotterdam. Tymon of Me like Painting invited me back after the first Eat Street Breath Art a year before. It was a real honour for me to get a chance to show some of my work among some of the best Rotterdam street artists:
“EatStreetBreatheArt” is an initiative by MeLikePainting in association with Gallery RR, Lumick LED lightframes, Heijmans and Timmerhuis010.
In the oilpaint clinic at the Klassieke Academie in Groningen i started a portrait in Oilbar of another ‘Girl with a Pearl’, after a photo made by Margaret Morskate, who modeled her photo after the famous painting by Vermeer, likewise. I really liked the photo and In the end the clair-obscure character of the image convinced me to use it. After the clinic i took the portrait back to my studio and finished it.
Margaret Morskate: www.eddiemorskate.nl/frame.php?itemId=5105944