Frequently asked questions
What about Newsletter?
When you subscribe to the Newsletter by submitting your name and email in the top right of the page, you will receive an email whenever I create a new post on the Blog. I’ve automated this using Mailchimp so you will receive a better looking email than with the previous website, where I had a more basic setup for blogpost updates. Posting rythm can vary depending on my schedule. I will post most of my daily small still life work on the blog and share some thoughts that keep me busy on that particular day (art related). If you are tired of receiving these updates, you can always unsubscribe.
How do you do this, being a father of 5 kids and having a daytime job and all?
People often wonder where I find the time to paint. It’s true that having 5 kids takes up a lot of time; there is always something to do as a parent in a large family. It’s really a matter of motivation and making choices. Do I feel guilty? Yes, all the time… when I’ve painted I feel selfish and I consider myself a failed dad. (To be honest, my immediate environment makes that clear to me sometimes too). When I spend my time with the family, I realize I’ve lost precious painting time. Am I a pessimist that sees only the negative side of things? No, on the contrary! From time to time it is really REALLY hard to find a balance between 2 passions, but in the end every day is a gift to me.
On what surface do you paint?
I paint on anything I can get my hands on. I mostly use Claessens primed linen and MDF panels (usually 6mm thickness) but sometimes I paint on hardboard or Steinbach paper. The MDF panels can be easily hung unframed as they are finished with a black acrylic edge. If you use my MDF hanging system you are in for a contemporary solution which is included for free with your painting up to 30cm x 30cm. And example of how this looks can be found on the related blogpost.
What’s your palette?
A painter’s palette is something dynamic. It changes over the years. Some colors are left out and others appear on it. I used to use Titanium White, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Terre Verde, Phthalo Green (Viridian Hue), Cerulean Blue, Phthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Cad Red Deep, Cad red Light, Cad Yellow Deep, Lemon Yellow.
I was thinking of cutting this down somehow, and I did. A few years ago I kept Cad Yellow, Cad Red, Ultramarine and White, while I switch blue from time to time to Cerulean or Cobalt Blue.
I sometimes add Lemon Yellow, Phthalo Green and Alizarin, or any of above mentioned colors, when painting outside, depending on the light and the scene in front of me.
What paint do you use?
I use Winsor & Newton paints. I am currently testing the 4 star paints made by Couleurs Leroux. They are quite expensive but my first impressions are very positive.
I will post my findings along with the test results when the time is right (lightfastness tests etc take time). Publication of these test results is planned in Q3 2016.
You can read about the lightfastness test after a 1 year period on this blogpost.
What medium do you use?
Sometimes I use Liquin, but sometimes I only use some mineral spirits in the early stages of a painting and then I carry on with only paint. More often than not, I will use only paint for small works.
What brushes do you use?
I prefer Rosemary & Co brushes, and the Classic long flat bristles with a long handle to be specific.
Check them out on the Rosemary & Co website.
Can I buy your work?
Of course. Along with the new website release, I’ve also made some of my work available at the Daily Paintworks website. If you can’t find the painting you want to buy there, please send me a message. To do so, please submit your message on the contact page.
Is your work framed?
No. I usually don’t frame my work. I paint the edges black. Works on panel are provided with a foolproof system that allows for displaying the painting.
Where’s the Dutch text gone?
I’ve decided to publish the website in English only because it’s quite time consuming to translate everything I write. I prefer drawing and painting instead. Using 2 colums was also influencing the design in a way I wasn’t quite fond of in the end. If you know of a fast, reliable way to automatically translate every post and page in dutch, please feel free to contact me.
Thanks for understanding.
Waar is het Nederlands naartoe?
Ik heb besloten de website enkel in het Engels te publiceren omdat het nogal tijdrovend is om alles wat ik schrijf ook nog eens te vertalen.Uiteindelijk bleek het gebruik van 2 kolommen ook een invloed te hebben op het design van de website die ik niet zo leuk vond. Als je echter een manier weet om alles wat ik schrijf snel en op een betrouwbare manier (lees in correct Nederlands) te vertalen, geef me gerust een seintje.
Bedankt voor je begrip