02-10-17

Martryoshka Family

Started a new commission today, a sweet and cute Matrioshka family.
Once they're finished and delivered I'll tell the whole sweet story behind this project.



Start of a new painting

While Patsy's portrait isn't yet finished (want to look at it for a while before I continue) I decided to pay tribute to another important resident of Foppe's Acre's past; Snuggles, our Muscovy drake. Snuggles was one of the first scovlings to be born at Foppe's Acre in June 2003 and lived 8 wonderful years with us. Snuggles had health issues in his later life and passed away in my arms in march 2011. Muscovy boys are always much more affectionate towards people than the girls are so we became best friends over the years. He was an important member of the flock so it's time I painted a fitting portrait of him. I want to try give this a more recognizable background instead of the solid colors I mostly use, he looked so good in his environment. Another challenge!





Felines of Foppe’s Acre 2018 Calendar

Foppe's Acre is a little farm in Friesland, the Netherlands, owned by lord and master Foppe the cat.
Follow Foppe and his family on their adventures through the seasons on this special edition A5, 12 month desk calendar with metal spring bind; smooth matte paper with incorporated sturdy stand.

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A day at the 'Tsjûke Wille' fair!

I had a wonderful time at the food and art fair in town past Friday. In spite of the bad weather there was a constant flow of people walking in and out the pavillion, I sold calendars (especially the cat calendar was quite popular!), lots of interest in my photography and paintings. I think there's even a few commissions for animal portraits in the cards!




Preparing for 'Tsûke Wille' Food and Art fair

(almost) Packed and ready for the food & art fair tomorrow!



Back in the studio

Patsy's portrait is coming along nicely, there are moments that I think I'm done but then I can't help myself and add a few more brush strokes which send me in a new direction and I have to look at it in a whole new light. It's an adventure and I'm enjoying myself. I'd love to have it finished for the fair on Saturday but I can't/don't want to force it. Patsy was a beautiful grand dame so this portrait should be as perfect as I can make it.


Pro-Moor!

Yay! My new business cards arrived from the printer today!
Ooh, they look good (thanks to Timmy of course).


Moor on Patsy

Worked some more on Patsy's portrait today, this won't be a quicky for sure. I'm enjoying myself but had some frustrating moments too when I felt I had put some brush strokes in the wrong place and spoiled the dynamics, I was able to put it right again, for now.
It's still quite messy and muddy but I hope it will get better with every session. Patsy deserves it.



Patsy's official portrait

After Koetje (the goat) I wanted to do a large portrait again and contemplainted painting the free range pigs I took photos of a few weeks ago but I couldn't decide on a composition. When it itches it itches, so I started a portrait that was long overdue of our sweet Patsy who lived with us for 15 years and passed away almost two years ago now. Patsy was a diva, a classy lady and this image of her I've always treasured and is so iconic. I know that I'll have to work really hard to make it work as her body is foreshortened but believable in the photo, will it be too in my impressionistic style? It's a challenge I willingly take as this could be a worthy tribute to Pats. First set up, stay tuned!

Printing time!

Finally sent the flyer to the printer, wohoo! It's much easier designing something for a client than for yourself, I kept changing and adding and removing and going back and forth... today I decided this is it.
In time I'll make an English version too but I wanted this finished for the art&food fair in two weeks.

Koetje's progress

Lots going on at the moment that kept me from painting but today I finally had time to continue with 'Koetje' my new billy goat friend. I think I'm nearly there, just a few highlights and tiny defenition here and there. I'm really happy, it was a challenge to not overdo the fur and lose directness but I think it's working. Wanted to do a pig painting too before the fair but not sure I've got the time. We'll see.


The three amigos

Meet Ozzy, Sam and Zeppie! I painted these three cute cartoony felines recently in commission and had a lot of fun with them! They arrived at their new home yesterday and the client is very happy with them, so am I!


15-09-17

Foppe's promo

My computer activities are coming to a close with finishing the leaflet about my animal portaiture. I'm quite happy with all this promotional material, now I can finally spread the word better!
Beside the leaflet I designed two calendars featuring my photograpy; one '2018 Felines of Foppe's Acre' calendar and a Friesland birthday calendar. Almost everything is printed and ready for the art fair.
It was a lot of work and truth be told not every aspect pleasurable (photo editing) so I can't wait to pick up my brushes again!
* the calendars will be for sale and listed in my shop after the fair.

New friend, Koetje the goat

First beginnings of the goat painting I started today. I like the strong touches of color which will probably get softer but they reflect the joyful character of this kid. Still very early stages but I like this phase best; almost sculpting with paint, slowly modeling the shape and character. More later! 

 Done for today, this is looking more like it.
I'm having fun and will slowly refine his (her) looks but will keep the impressionistic feel. Lots to be done, but tomorrow is another day.


Always look...

Yay! The printer just delivered a box full of A5 'Always look on the bright side of the fence' cards! They are perfect, even Moor than I'd expected.
I'll use these as business cards (info on the back) and thank you cards for shop orders and promotional flyers and and....


Brothers

Finished the three 4x4 miniatures this weekend and sent them on their way to Florida! On my easel now sits a prepared big canvas waiting for pigs! Have been designing more promotional stuff for the art fair next month and sent to the printer, very exciting. So not much to show at the moment beside a cute photo of our Jelle and Timmy; can you tell they are brothers? 

Meet Ricky the rat.

I'll be attending an Art&Food fair (sept 16) so I'm updating lots of promo material for Foppe's Acre Originals and needed a new version of my 'thank you card 'Always look on the bright side of the fence'. Changed my appearance a bit and added one of the dogs I designed earlier. I also realised one of the other residents of Foppe's Acre wasn't included yet!

The famous canvas twins!

While I just finished my recent cartoony cat portrait the client commissioned two more! Wohoo!
I'll show them all in full glory when they are finished, so stay tuned!


26-07-17

Studio visit

Another quick peek into the studio.
I love what I do, no matter if it's large paintings, sculptures, lino prints or miniature portraits, they all make my heart sing!


New kitty cat

Working on a new commission today! A 4x4 inch cartoony cat portrait in acryllics on canvas! 




Timmy finished

There were other projects on my list today but I wanted to do a few things to Timmy's portrait and got so carried away that I finished it!
I'm really happy with this little painting, apart from the resemblance I think I got the hang of painting in the true impressionistic sense; with light and color. Before I would never have dared to use blue, purple and red in white fur but it brings it much more to life. I also like the suggestion of grass, dabs of color in quick and direct moves.
Still need to varnish him and find a simple wooden frame.


Second phase

Current state of Timmy's portrait. Haven't done really much to it since the last update; worked on the grass and water a little and started shading his fur. Needs lots doing to it still but he's slowly starting to appear.

All ducks...

Sold my last 'All ducks are equal' lino today so needed to print a new edition. It's been a while so in a way it's like meeting an old friend.
Got a commission for a new 4x4 inch miniature too, a stylized little portrait of a furry friend so my Timmy portrait will have to wait a while.


Second try

Some of you may remember that I started this portrait of Timmy before, same time last year to be exact, but on a much larger scale and oblong sized canvas. It didn't work out, the photo looked wonderful but in paint it didn't come out right. Part was the composition but also the detail in his fur caused me grief. Still it's a sweet image of our white/ginger boy so I'll give it another try on a small 20x20cm canvas. I want to keep the same direct and impressionistic approach like in the past few paintings so it's a challenge to not overwork it. Stay tuned!

Ruby

Finished my (first) horse painting today and I love her!
She's more impressionistic than Merel's portrait which is understandable as I wanted to create a much more lifelike resemblance in Merel's portrait and painted very carefully and controlled.
The style of painting of this beauty is spontaneous and direct which suits the setting of the horse with her manes in a breeze perfectly.
Planning to do a few more now I'm in the mood, maybe some smaller, maybe even larger!


03-07-17

In loving memory

Finished Merel's portrait today, wow, it's like she's back!
I am so happy with this painting. When I added the last highlights in her eyes and painted her whiskers she came to life.
Merel, I miss you.

Coming to life

Worked some more on Merel's portrait, far from finished but getting there, I think.
I already like her somewhat stern expression which was her random look. Haven't payed much attention to the rest of her body yet just added some highlights and shadows.
Will let it rest for a few days now to look at it fresh after the weekend.


Studio visit

Had a wonderful day working on my new paintings today! It was raining which makes my studio feel cozy, put some up beat music on and painted the day away. Loved it!
First day working on Merel and I think I came far in just one day, already love her expression and color balance. Far from finished but I'm not in a hurry. Worked on the horse too, started detailing which is always tricky not to get muddy and lose spontaneity but I'll be careful. Put some of the other painting up for style reference. Tomorrow is another day! 



Tribute to Merel

I can't have just one painting on my easel at the same time and while working on the horse (which I have to put away for a while every now and then) I decided now is the time to pay tribute to my Merel who passed away last December and whom I still miss every day.
First layers to establish composition and feel but already I see her. Working after an iconic photo of Merel on her high chair where she felt safe and could oversee the livingroom and watch the world trough the window. Every morning while I brushed my teeth Merel would jump on the back seat of this chair for hugs and cuddles, that's how we said goodmorning and started our day.
I'll show photos of the progress, should be a special one. 


Taking a short break from the cats

Wanted to do something on a flat surface again and discovered that from all farm animals I never painted a horse. First explorations of the anatomy and feel of a beauty I once took photos of. I'll keep you posted about the progress!

In loving memory of Ozzy

Yesterday my client received my version of her handsome and sweet tabby boy Ozzy which I made by request one month ago.
She is touched and loves this 3D life size portrait of her special boy.


Eventhough Ozzy was getting older no one could know that he would leave while my portrait of him was in transit; Ozzy unexpectedly passed away of a sudden illness one week ago.
It makes this commission even more special for me.

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Up, up and away!

3 Minis done and ready to start a new life in California!

3x mini

Hadn't sold any of my miniatures in a while but today three of them have found a new home!
It's always extra special to work on my minis again, like seeing old friends.
Looking forward to be painting this trio so they can travel to California later this week.


Le Cat-tro Stagioni

Now there is a green cat for every season!
I created the Spring green cat today, may I introduce: Blossom!
I'll prepare a listing for his adoption tomorrow.


A green cat for every season!

While I'm still working on the new 3D portrait of Ozzy; the handsome brown tabby, I got an order for the green Winter cat Noël. It's more economic to cast multiple copies so I decided to create a Spring version too. I've got a green cat for every season except for Spring. So here we go!