Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
After all sorts of jobs, dead poor immigrant Joseph Pulitzer (1847 - 1911) started as a journalist at the age of 21, bought his first newspaper 4 years later and was a wealthy, influential newspaper man at the age of 36. He was bigger than life, always on the look out for corrupt politicians and other wrong doers. As you can see here, little escaped his eyes.
Friday, September 24, 2010
The new books of the gentlemen-authors Arthur Japin and Adriaan van Dis are reviewed in Vrij Nederland. My literary portraits usually refer to the last book in atmosphere or theme. With more than one person in the frame that approach tends to lead to messy pictures, so I opted for a simple straightforward portrait, that looks nice in the magazine.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Joran van der Sloot (1987) has become a celebrity in the US, in Peru and in his native country, the Netherlands. He was first arrested and later released in connection with the murder of Natalee Holloway on Aruba (2005). He surfaced again in Thailand in relation with a women trafficking deal and he now sits in a Peruvian prison after being for the murder of Stephany Flores (31 May 2010). The press has covered his story like a gruesome real live soap, with new! shocking! spectacular! developments on a weekly basis.
Here's a picture of the babyfaced star of the soap. NRC Handelsblad 12 June 2010. I kept the face simple, without much colour and no background so that all attention goes to the eyes.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Over 100 days have passed since the election and there is no new cabinet yet. Maybe in a couple of weeks. Maybe. Some people think that the political parties wil not be able to come up with a powerful team and argue that a cabinet of outsiders should be selected. Here's a potential line-up: Alexander Rinnooy Kan, Saskia Stuiveling, Yvo Opstelten, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Beatrix, Louise Gunning, Louise Fresco, Bernard Welten, Ben Verwaaijen.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Robert Bolano's posthumously published novel El Tercer Reich (the Third Reich) has now been translated into Dutch. The mood of the portrait reflects the mood of the book (Dark, spanish beach resorts, German war gamer, 1980's, WW II and a hint of fascism).
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
It seems so long ago that Femke Halsema took part in the negotations about a new cabinet, but in fact it's only been a few weeks. Here's a snapshot of one of the meetings in the stately government halls. Femke shows the way, swinging in her typical Dutch outfit.
Monday, September 13, 2010
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Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Some faces have many characteristic features. For a portrait painter this is wonderful news because it gives a lot of freedom to pick any combination of these features, and not worry whether the portrait resembles the owner of the face. You can play with lighting, leave out the chin, emphasize or deemphasize the eyes, etc, etc: the resemblance is always there.
On the other extreme we find those lamentable souls that have no identifying characteristics at all, men without faces. Their bland features are extremely hard to portray. Gerrit Zalm, the former Dutch Minister of Finances is a good example. I have yet to see a good portrait of him.
Interestingly, people do recognize him without problems. How can that be? Well, everything in his face is usually twitching and it is the constant movement that makes him recognizable. Good for him, but useless for a portrait painter!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The Hungarian author Dezso Kosztolanyi wrote 'Nero, the bloody poet' in 1922. He breathes live into the failed artist that emperor Nero was and invokes atmosphere of the Roman empire. The novel has now been translated into Dutch which is why I made this portrait of the author at work to accompany a review in Vrij Nederland
Monday, September 6, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Margriet de Moor's latest novel is titled 'de schilder en het meisje' (the painter and the girl) referring to Rembrandt and Elsje Christiaens, a Danish girl executed in Amsterdam of who he made two small drawings. Margriet de Moor doesn't mention Rembrandt by name in the novel, so I kept the reference low key as well. I used Rembrandtesk colours for this watercolour and pencil portrait and put Margriet de Moor in a pose similar to one that Rembrandt used in a drawing of his wife Saskia Uylenburg.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
During the seventies Prof Wouter Buikhuisen was under permanent attack, particularly by Piet Grijs (pseudonym of Hugo Brandt Corstius) in the Dutch weekly Vrij Nederland. It eventually ended his scientific career. Buikhuisen has a continued interest in the workings of the amygdala as a potential source of criminal behavior. On this picture he locates this important organ in the brain of his nemesis Piet Grijs. Published in Vrij Nederland 4 sept 2010.