the past is not so far away after all

finding new meaning
through snippets of History

Busting some Painting Myths along the way

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A large resource of articles on art history, pastel and oil painting tips and techniques, exhibition reviews, musings and inspiration.

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Welcome!

I am a Dutch-born artist, art tutor, writer and art historian, based in the UK. I find much of my inspiration in art history, especially the Dutch and English 16th and 17th century. I try to find a dynamic between the past and the present in my painterly depictions of lace, silk, and velvet as well as my portraiture. My portrait work has been exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the BP Portrait Award and elsewhere. I paint in oils and pastel and am available for commissions. 


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Leonardo’s Drawings
Until 6 May 2019 there are no less than 12 exhibitions of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings simultaneously all over the[...]
Creative eCourses
Ever since I decided to create a pastel painting course I have been wondering how to do this. So many[...]
Review: Terry Ludwig and Sennelier Soft Pastels
I recently bought two new sets of pastels: a small set of Terry Ludwig pastels and a set of Sennelier.[...]
How to Package an Oil Painting for Shipping
Shipping a painting is always a bit scary, especially if the painting has to cross borders. I usually use normal[...]
Poll: Your Favourite Pastel Brand
Hard, soft, velvety, expressive: how do you prefer your pastel stick? Let’s find out the world's most popular pastel brand.Please[...]

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