“There is still empty wall space”

Sometimes you just happen to be at the right place at the right time. Or you meet someone for the first time and it feels like you’ve known that person for a long time. I had both with Anita. We followed each other on Instagram and a few weeks ago I dropped her a line […]

Into her studio: Liselot Veenendaal, painter

Liselot Veenendaal is a pure-bred painter who recently graduated from art school HKU in Utrecht. I saw her work at Cloud Gallery in Amsterdam last year and got intrigued by her power- and colourful images. Currently she lives and works in a residential house-studio in Blaricum. How did you get here? When I graduated from Art College last year, […]

Into her studio: Minke Havelaar, artist and advisor

Minke is a communication advisor and runs an ‘Agency for Contemporary Communication’. She gives trainings and workshops on online marketing and social media. The past two years she studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Minke shares a studio space in the Aardappelpakhuis in Amsterdam Wittenburg. What did you study?  I have a Masters […]
Keeps me busy, in progress

No painting without patterns

In nearly all my paintings or drawings there is at least one layer or part that consists of a pattern. Stripes, dots, crosses, hatchings… seems I can not paint without patterns. They don’t have to be super accurate but I love their elements to be arranged in a more or less geometrical way, with a certain distance […]
Connecting two shapes

Art and happiness are connected

For me, art and happiness are connected. They belong together since my childhood and they go hand in hand ever since. My parents are huge art fans and already at young age they made us part of their passion: we went constantly to museums, galleries and art shows and my father shared his knowledge about art and art history with […]
Oceanic Easter, in progress

Art supplies

Some news about my art supplies? Skip the soft pastels I mentioned earlier. They really don’t work for me. What a mess! I want a line to be a line, and not some vague stain of colour that keeps smearing out. I also let go of the watercolours and aquarell and started working with acrylic (and oil, see […]

Subject matter

What is my theme? And why am I painting? I have a huge sheet of paper in my studio where I write down everything that could serve as a theme for my art. Maybe as a replacement of some sort of briefing I thought I needed to define first what I am going to make […]

This is what painting should feel like

Today feels like a little milestone: I finally started to work with oil paint. On paper still, to keep the pressure limited. While painting I caught myself thinking: This is what painting should feel like! Now I finally get it! Such an amazing feeling, the way the brush glides over the surface! Still have to […]

Repetition is my state of flow

I like to make many variations of the same theme. Sometimes it feels a bit silly, repeating myself. But each time there is a new possibility that I want to explore or combination of elements that I need to try. I don’t count. I just make all the options that come to my mind, one after the other until […]

How to find a motive

Last week I made a little excursion into figurative painting. How come? It was a day when I didn’t know what to paint at all. How to find a motive? I went on my rowing machine and told myself: it will come. And indeed: there, right in front of me rowing, was this pile of objects my […]
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