Heat wave and brain waves

It's been a wee bit silent on Foppe's Blog this week but that doesn't mean I've been outside enjoying the good weather we're having in Friesland (although I have to confess I did take a nap or two in the hammock with Foppe and Jelle;-)

There is news; currently I'm working on a new 4x4inch miniature commission of a sweet little Pomeranian dog which is a lot of fun (I'll show something once I've discussed the design with the client). I'm also working on a post about the magic of internet friendships and yesterday I took a trip to a wonderful craft store in Leeuwarden (the capitol of our province) to get some new supplies.
I bought a few sheets of linoleum and will be making prints in the coming weeks, I also got some pens and more paint to decorate porcelain (thinking about creating personalized food dishes for pets). So inspite of the heat my grey cells haven't been affected and I'm working on some new and exciting new items.

Oh, this coming month Foppe's Acre will be featured in an article in the 'Levende Have' magazine (a magazine about hobby farming and life with farm animals). We've talked about our move from the city to the country, the ins- and outs and history of our critters and my art.
Very exciting, once it is published I'll try to show some of the interview.

Stay tuned!


Dinner Guests

Ant, Buster, Joni and Mick; four of our canine friends got together on this colorful card and are a perfect way to say hello, come party with us, let's get together or use them as a dinner invitation. Great for any dog lover.

This card is part of the series 'Always look on the bright side of the fence.' and are available in my shop.



I love it when unexpected things happen, I think it's called serendipity;-)

You all remember that I painted this portrait of Rusty a short while ago, well this painting done in commission for Foppe's Acre Originals resulted in a commission for studioMoor (my regular ilustration business).
A studioMoor client asked me to design 24 little flower cards (cards you attach to a bouquet to write a personal note on). While brainstorming with the client I showed him my miniatures and he really liked the design of Rusty and asked if I could design a collection of 24 cards in that style.

I'm in the process of finishing the project and can't show the series yet but will in a later stadium. The client is happy, I am happy and soon the flower cards will be available in most florist shops in the country:-)



Sven and Signe

Two new 10x10cm acryllic miniatures commissioned by Joy Moon.

Joy asked me if I could paint a portrait of Agneta Siljekil's two cats Sven and Signe, meant to suprise Agneta to celebrate their friendship.
Of course I was happy to oblige! Sven and Signe arrived in Sweden last week and Agneta is very happy with them.
I've known Sven and Signe for a long time on Flickr and it was a treat and an honor to paint these two miniatures.



For some reason my old sweetie Muis is on my mind alot these days (Muis passed away 14 years ago). I did a digital version of this little angel earlier but wanted to do a painted version too.

This is the first phase, I'm not sure where this will lead to but I'll let the paint guide me. Painting is such an adventure!;-)

I'll post a picture once it is finished.



I've made two new acryllic paintings this week, featuring two of our cats; Jelle Pelle (the orange spooked kid) and Timmy Jip. 
I've used an impasto technique for these pieces by mixing the acryllic paint with a gel medium which allows the paint to dry slower and creates a texture on the canvas. Instead of working painstakingly slow on the smallest details I've worked fast and with thick paint to get a direct approach.
They're painted on gallery wrapped canvas and because the image continues on the edges of the canvas it can go right on the wall as it is, but it looks good in a frame too. Added to the shop today, wohoo!


About Foppe's Acre Originals

Recently Etsy gave their sellers the opportunity to create an 'About' page where sellers can tell something about themselves and explain what drives their creativity. I finally got around to put the history of Foppe's Acre into words and am proud to announce that it's now online:-)

Everything you've always wanted to know but were afraid to ask...
Foppe's Acre Originals bio on Etsy!


Artists that inspire me: Sergei Isupov

I regularly share artists that inspire me, today it is Sergei Isupov's turn. Sergei (1963) is a ceramic artist born in Stavrapole, Russia. He studied art at universities in Kiev and Estonia before emigrating to the United States in 1983.
He works with clay and creates beautiful thought evoking sculptures.
Take a moment to see his website.

 Sergei Isupov - Guardian, 2009,
stoneware 25,5 x 20 x 17,5 inch
source: escapeintolife.com

Dog Days

According to Wiki 'Dog Days' mean:
"Dog Days" (Latin: diēs caniculārēs) are the hottest, most sultry days of summer. In the Northern Hemisphere, the dog days of summer are most commonly experienced in the months of July and August, which typically observe the warmest summer temperatures. In the Southern Hemisphere, they typically occur in January and February, in the midst of the austral summer. The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, in close proximity to the sun was responsible for the hot weather."

Well, what better moment to add some more canines to the 'Always look on the bright side of the fence' series! Introducing two new pups; Mick and Buster, soon to be printed on cards and available in my shop.  Let the Dog Days begin!:-)


A tribute to Rusty

A short while ago the sweet old feline companion of a good friend passed away and she asked if I could paint a miniature portrait to remember Rusty by. Rusty has a lot of fans and admirors in real life and on the internet so my friend allowed me to add this little treasure to my collection of miniatures in my shop.