In my work I always work from memory, never from photographs. It gives me an enormous freedom to work. To compensate this and to train myself in looking and techniques and materials. I draw from a model as much as I can. I included some examples of the techniques and media I use. If interested in one of the drawings, please Feel free to contact or comment.
I was in an artist supply store recently with a Friend of mine and we were both buying sketchbooks when he asked me, “ do you ever fill them?” “ yes I do” I replied. And yes I do, it might take some time for some of them because it depends on what I’m working on. I might need one for pure doodles, one for calculations or figure drawing. I choose the right one for the job, time or my mood. Sometimes I also tear pages out and that is for some artists blasphemy. Every artist has its own sketchbook habit. I always have one by my side and makes a great companion. I included a complete sketchbook in A4 format.
The Documentary highlights my methods of working on my landscape paintings. The film is made by Carl ANDERSON. I was very fortunate that Carl followed me for about a year. At that time I was working on a specific landscape exhibition for the Delaplaine Art Center. All the paintings are of a large format and oil on canvas. You can see these works on my site under “ Oil on canvas, landscapes”.
Where do you start depicting a landscape ? Do you make a picture true to the original view? I have been fascinated with the influence the environment has on my mood at a particular moment. Is this impression on that moment pure individual or does it share the mood with my fellow travellers ? Therefore I set out on depicting the landscape/cityscape in a somewhat different way. When I walk, drive or take the train I try to create a mental picture of the moment. Not photographs or sketches on that moment, just looking. The sketches come when I sit down at night and recall the situations.
When working with just memories there’s an immense freedom in which you can work, express.