Paintings in Oils and Pastel

Antique Lace depicted in oils
portraits on commission
Painting tutorials

Free P​​​​ainting Glossary when you Join the Tribe!


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. 

One-day workshops in small groups and with lots of personal help. Sophie teaches painting and drawing in intensive but informal workshops in South Gloucestershire.

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

Short videos, tutorials and peeks in the studio on Sophie’s Youtube channel

Discover the Blog

Bath Society of Artists 2018 Open Exhibition

The Bath Society of Artists is currently in its 114th year and having its 113th Open Exhibition at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. The exhibition is made up of works from members as well as non members who submitted work to a panel of…

Sophie Ploeg Studio

Working for Free and Getting Exposure

Overworking is a very widely used word amongst painters. People often worry they have overworked something and tutors warn for overworking a piece. But what is overworking and is it something that should be avoided? Can you overwork a pastel painting as well as an oil painting and so does it apply to all painting?

Sophie Ploeg Pastel

My Top 12 Pastel Colours

A single brand of pastels will have over 400 colours in their repertoire. And as we have seen, there are dozens of pastel brands out there. A ‘Candy-Store’ trap many pastel artists fall into is to keep on buying all these gorgeous colours. And we…

Big Plans and a Small Change

This is not your normal blog post. This is an exciting announcement!

I have big plans for this website and blog  …. and since this blog is for you, that means I have big plans for you. I hope you will like it!

Do you Know your
Medium from your Mahl Stick?

Download your
Free 7-page Full Colour
Painting Terms Glossary
and you will never be lost for words!

By joining Sophie’s mailing list you will receive a monthly blog roundup and regular news, tips, promotions and other arty bits and pieces. Of course there will be no spam, promise. Please check your inbox to confirm your subscription.

I use MailChimp as my marketing automation platform. By clicking the submit form, you acknowledge that the information you provide (name and email) will be transferred to MailChimp for processing in accordance with their Privacy Policy and Terms.