Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
For art lovers the painting I used is obvious=Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe by Edouard Manet, a painting I have always loved. Copying masterworks is a century-old way to intensely study the work of an artist one admires. Once again, as in the 19th Century, you can now see students painting in museums. I take my hat off to anyone who dares this. Sorry to say I did not go to Gare D'Orsay in Paris to copy this Manet and to substitute the lovely woman bathing with a cave man. I did enjoy painting it in my studio and I still have the original.
I Blog this because I have begon a new series of paintings based on paintings by old masters. My next Blog will show the process.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
This is, for me, a great opportunity to feature portraits I painted between 1997 and 2012. I exhibited the first wall of portraits at Nashawannuck Gallery, Easthampton, MA in 2000. Nearly 90 townspeople were portrayed in oil on 10 X 10 inch panels for that exhibit. It might be interesting to see again how I made these impressionistic renditions. There have been many new ones painted in these past 12 years. I paint these portraits in "conversation sessions"of not longer than 2 hours. No one is required to sit still. That brings excitement and challenge into the effort and results in
studies that are full of movement and imperfection.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Maybe we will have seen the last butterfly in the garden, but the sunflowers are holding on to their blazing glory. First frost last night and that is the sign of winter to come. I can hold the feeling of late summer flowers in my paintings. They give my house the extra warmth it needs on those frosty fall days.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
These absolutely fantastic days of crashing-into-each-other cloud formations have gripped me by the throat and sent me to the easel. I have begun a series of thumbnails, the smallest so far being this one:10 X 15 cm. on prepared mat board panels. I let the brush go where it wants, following trails of colors sailing across my field of vision. I couldn't imagine doing these from photos. That would be boring for me. I want the excitement of change, the freedom to let the paint go where my eyes take it.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Today I want to honor my son, Craig Johns, Cummington, Ma. He made this Iron Scrap sculpture some years ago at a time he was over here in Holland for a few months. I will be featuring more of his work on an off. We have a large collection of Craig's Iron Scrap sculptures in our gardens. This piece is called "The Family". Yes, we have chickens which might have inspired Craig. The idea of his own family did not exist at that time. He now has a wife, Joy, two children of hers-Drew nearly 13 years old and Anwyn, 10 years old, and their baby Cooper Thomas Johns, 1 year old on September 2nd. Who would have thought it-exactly what it turned out to be?
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Today I want to honor Herman and this year's superb crop of water lilies. I paint them when inspired by the light going over the mystical waxy petals. Someone recently asked to have a bouquet of Carnae's for a wedding. They will come open around 10 a.m. and close slowly around 4 p.m. for about 4 days in a vase. look to his part of the website: www.waterlelies.nl
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Today is the 1st birthday of my grandson, Cooper Thomas Johns, Cummington, Ma., USA. I will be enjoying the beauty of nature here in Holland- right in my own backyard. This series of landscapes is painted in oil, then paper and then another layer of oil to produce a sensually ethereal impression of the world I see from my garden.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
En plein air painting is challenging to say the least. This morning there is a bright sun shining here in the Netherlands and a slight wind will make painting by the water bassins a real pleasure. The water lilies will make their appearance in full ornate around 10 a.m.- time enough to take the bike ride, get the gear set up, Italian coffee next to me and let it rip.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Yesterday Annelies Peet picked up this portrait of her father Gerrit, one of my Men in Blue portraits.
In this case the blue fits him very well as his life was spent flying and teaching for KLM. These portraits of which I have made 27 in the last eight years are 60 X 80 cm. in size. A difficulty factor is keeping the background pure virgin canvas and letting the painted image grow out of it.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
This painting in Mixed-Media was painted for the Maria exhibit. I was inspired by a beautiful small painting by Rembrandt in the Maurits Huis Museum in the Hague entitled "Suzanna and the Elders". In this case Maria-Suzanna is not so sure she really would like the announcement made by the dove. The background was inspired by a Courbet landscapre. I love taking ideas of others and incorporating them in a new painting.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Wil Kokelaar, a reputable photographer, took this shot at the opening of the exhibition, "Maria", at the STA-ART Galerie in Alphen a/d Rijn, the Netherlands. "The Holy Family" is my family story. Joy is the mother of 11 month old Cooper Thomas Johns. Her children, Anwyn and Drew watch over their caring mother as well as the 16 goats which also live on the Land. Craig, my son views this in awe.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
After settling on the first composition for my tribute to mothers, who are all essentially Marias in the symbolic sense of the name, I picked out a painting on canvas which I was dissatisfied with. I used Tissue de Soie and Caparol in a random application to cover the oil paint. Then came I drew composition and began the new painting in oil. It is the story of my son’s family, his protection and the hope in new life. Their goats symbolize fertility, vitality and creative energy.