This header is a pastel painting I did in 2009 is of a place in the Netherlands, my country of origin, after a photo shot by Dick Witte.

Some of the painters who have influenced me:
Mondriaan, Hopper
O"Keefe, Weyeth
Singer Sargent
van Gogh, Rembrandt
Picasso, Escher

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Friday, December 25, 2009


© 9 x 12 , Oil, St Germain

Strange that it were shepherds,
the ones who were looked down upon 
by the religious  and the ones with status

 attended a free concert of a heavenly choir
the first ones to hear about "the long awaited one"

Strange that the King of Kings was born 
in a barn where the animals were
The only clue for normal folk were Magi 
visiting from a land afar and bringing exquisite gifts 

Every Christmas I paint on a little 9 x 12 canvas a scene 
from the Christmas story, to remind myself 
where my gift comes from
adding the package to the ones the Magi brought

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


recap, this is Jose Hernandez photo 
on his blog Jose E Hernandez World
of an African elephant
- Colorfix pastel paper

- most of the important features
- no sketch beforehand,
because form depends on value of color
- solution for other ear

- expand sky

-numerous trips to garbage 
 container to get pastel dust off 
- rounding off body
- change shadow left front leg
- blur edge of trunk right side

- forehead wider 
- more work on shadows

- adjust background

© African Elephant, 16 1/2 x 13 1/4, Pastel, St.Germain

- for a lead into the scene
- don't forget to sign