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Sophie Ploeg Fine Art / Writing / Art History

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I am a Dutch-born artist, art tutor, writer and art historian, based in the UK. I run my online Art School with courses in oil and pastel painting. On my blog I write about everything art: painting tips and tricks, exhibition and book reviews and so much more. Check out The Art Cafe for a free and supportive community of like-minded arty folks

In my own painting 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. 

Explore my paintings in greater detail. Find out about my inspiration and all the latest exhibitions. Works are for sale. 

Sophie's Art School has oil and pastel painting online courses, and runs regular online workshops. 

The Art Cafe is the virtual hub of the school: it's free so pop in for your virtual morning coffee!

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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Pets in Pastel

Painting pets in pastel is one of the most popular art genres in the world. Thousands of amateur and professional artists use pastel to portray our

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Are Pastel Starter Sets a Good Place to Start?

If you have no pastels at all and you want to dip your toe into this dusty medium, a starter set would be a great place

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RWA Open Exhibition 2019: Review

The Royal West of England Academy of Art is having its 167th annual open exhibition. The exhibition shows well over 600 works from well known and

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Getting Started in Soft Pastel: Colours

When you want to try soft pastel, you might not be sure which colours to start with. There are so many brands and so many colours!

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Bitesize Blog: The Large Piece of Turf

Albrecht DurerThe Large Piece of Turf1503Watercolour on Paper, 40.8 cm (16 ″); Width: 31.5 cm (12.4 ″)Albertina Museum in ViennaI find this work quite amazing. It

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Oil Painting without Solvents

Oil painting without using solvents or toxic mediums; can it be done? Absolutely. This guide explains how oil painting can be enjoyed without the need for

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Book Review: Chromatopia

An Illustrated History of Colour, so reads the subtitle of this small but chunky book. The blurb on the back of Chromatopia tells us it will

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6 Tips for Getting a Portrait Likeness

Here are some tips and tricks for beginning portrait painters to get a likeness in your portrait work. I hope you will find these 6 tips

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the past is not so far away after all

finding new meaning
through snippets of History

Busting some Painting Myths along the way

25 Oil Painting Tips

Improve your painting with this free ebook!
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