Pleating Time
connecting the folds of history through textiles in paint  

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8 Hour Painting Demonstration Video Course

Sophie Ploeg

the past is not so far away after all
finding new meaning through snippets of History
Busting some Painting Myths along the way


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. 

Beautiful galleries show portraiture, fabrics and lace, pastel and drawings as well as recent work. With links to current exhibition listings, how to buy a painting and more. 

Have a look at my very first online painting demonstration! Eight hours of video with commentary, extra text and info. Watch over my shoulder while I paint a still life in oil

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

Short videos, tutorials, product reviews, course excerpts and peeks in the studio on Sophie’s Youtube channel

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Oil Painting Tips for Beginners
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