Five years ago I had an exhibit of 26 portraits called "Men in Blue". the ones I still have are bothering me. After spending a day en plein air painting with Roos Scheuring, LeoVerbeek, Corry Kooy and Bart van Boxtel (who cleverly manned the Zonneveer- boat), I decided to give myself the needed kick. I am now turning these somewhat timid too-figurative portraits into real paintings. Playing with paint and thinking about the intention. They will probably no longer "look like" the models, but hopefully will be exciting with oil strokes. Thanks, friends!