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Hi, I am so glad you found my blog! I am Sophie Ploeg; a Dutch born artist living in the United Kingdom and wandering the world of art and art history.

As a painter I enjoy sharing my experiences, techniques and materials, as an art historian I love sharing my love for Dutch and English 16th and 17th century culture.

Together they result in a blog full of exhibition reviews, painting tips, book reviews and more.

How I can Help

  • I hope my paintings can provide joy and beauty in your life.
  • I hope my blog articles can help you get back on the road of painting and creativity.
  • I hope you will enjoy learning some art history along the way.
  • I hope you will enjoy reading my exhibitions-, product- and book reviews and recommendations.

Please browse the blog categories in the sidebar 

Will you let me know what you enjoy on this blog and what you would really love to read more about?

My Most Popular Posts

Oil Painting

What’s in a Brand Name?

The Fat over Lean Rule in Oil Painting

Toxicity in Oil Painting


 The Top 10 Best Books on Painting

The Miniaturist

Book Review: The Figurative Artist’s Handbook


The 10 Best Lace Paintings in Art History

A Short History of Early Lace

Painting Lace

Art History

Painted Pals: Dogs in Art

The Velvet Top Twelve: The Best Velvet depictions in Art History

The Waddesdon Portrait of Elizabeth


Jean-Étienne Liotard: A Master of Pastel

The Dusty Side: Soft Pastel

The Best Pastel Papers

Art Business

A Guide to Building a Website for Artists

Call for Entry: Open Art Exhibitions

And of course there is much, much more. Do check out the Categories in the sidebar of the blog and use the search function at the top of the page.


I also Offer

My Paintings

Portraits, still life and figures, often incorporating antique textiles, drapery and lace


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I teach art workshops, give demos and talks.


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Greeting cards, Christmas cards and books featuring my paintings are available for sale via my website.

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 Art Supplies

Jackson’s Art Supplies

I get pretty much all my art supplies from Jackson’s and can highly recommend them. Throughout my blog I might use affiliate links to their products. Rest assured I would only ever recommend products that I use, have tried and like. If you purchase your supplies via these links you will support this blog at no extra cost to you. New customers will be treated to a 10% discount on their first order.



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