Latest additions to the impressionistic menagerie at Foppe's Acre; a
portrait of our dear Kerry Hill sheep Patsy and a moment of leasure of
our white geese Hans and Grietje (aka Mr and Mrs Hoogenboom).
One and a half years ago my sweet buddy Snuggles passed away after seven wonderful years with us.
Snuggles was the leader of our Muscovy gang and was one of the first ducklings to be born at Foppe's Acre. He was a presence and we still miss him, it was time I painted his portrait.
Working in a more realistic and impressionistic way is a totally different experience than doing my more cartoon-like paintings. Before I start painting the cartoony critters I design the image by sketching with pencil on paper, sometimes it takes many rounds to get the character exactly they way I had in mind. Than I transfer the sketch on to the canvas and start painting. Because I chose the colors on forehand painting the image is a carefully thought through process.
(See how this is done here)
The process of the new series of paintings takes less preparation. I carefully choose one of my photos that I think will make a nice painting, than draw a very loose sketch on the canvas and start painting right away. Instead of painstakingly copying the photo I let the brush strokes form the image, touch by touch, layer by layer. It's more of an adventure because I don't know exactly where it will lead me and have to decide when to stop. The result is more lively, more spontanious.
The below photos show the process of painting Valentine. Acryllic on 8x8 inch (20x20 cm) stretched canvas.
I've been using my mini studio a lot these days and felt it was time to take new pictures of my old ánd my new miniatures now that I've got the perfect light set-up.
I want to keep the surroundings as clean as I can but also wanted to add some objects to show the scale of the paintings. I'm not satisfied yet but on my way.
Once I've got the photos I'm happy with I'll replace the old ones in my shop to create a whole new look. This should be good!
With the arrival of Winter (soon) and the lack
of good natural light I've built a small portable studio for taking
pictures of my miniatures. I bought a new studio light set and after
experimenting with them I'm quite satisfied with the result. The light
bulbs aren't as bright as I expected but I can tweak things on the
screen if I have to. Important is that the brush
strokes are sharp and clear and the colors realistic, I think the photo of Timmy (below) is an
acceptable example. Now I can finally take pictures of all the
miniatures- and medium sized paintings!
It's been a wee bit silent on Foppe's blog this past month, but that doesn't mean I've been hibernating.
On the contrary, I've been working hard on a few new projects.
Back to my miniatures, that's where Foppe's Acre Originals started afterall, and I've missed them.
It wouldn't be me if I didn't do something different though (I'm the restless kind;-)
You know me from my cartoony characters and I still enjoy those but
after painting in a more direct way recently I decided to take the
plunge and try a bit more realistic work.
The reason for that is that I've been
doing a few commissions recently and my clients indirectly requested more
So I picked up my brushes again and did a series of portraits of our cats, all on the smallest size (2,5x2,5inch-6x6cm). Animals never sit still long enough so I've used some of my own photos to guide me along. I love this impressionistic way of painting, I only draw a few loose guidelines in pencil and start painting right away. That way I let the paint do its work which makes the process more of an adventure.
Here are the nine first feline portraits, from top left to bottom right: Iris, Timmy, Foppe, Merel, Foppe, Iris, Jelle, Puck and Trijntje.
Soon available in my shop!