Techniques

The versatility is reflected in all the techniques I am offering, like; pastels, acrylics, watercolors, H2Oil or cobra paint (water based oil paint) and composite techniques including working with gels and pastes for materialpainting.


Soft Pastel chalks: Pastel chalk is a soft kind of crayons with which can be drawn in a very picturesque way. Artists who work with soft pastel chalk also see their work more as a painting than as a drawing. Unlike what the name suggest very bright colours can also be realised with pastels.

Acrylic paint: Acrylic paint is a fast drying paint that consist of a colouring pigmentwith a binder of plastic ploymer emulsion. With acrylic paint can de worked very variedly, both glazing (paint with thin layers over each other) as "pasteus" (with thicker paint) and even with a painting knife the paint can be applied i very thick layers. This gives you the possibility to bring much variation in structure.

Watercolour paint: For centuries watercolours are used for painting and watercolours are loved by people. Light and transparent as they are, they posess a spontaneous freshness. In this course you will learn how to work with watercolour paint. You will learn about the technique and the possibilities. You will learn how important it is to watch carefully and also to be patient. Because when the paint does not get enough time to dry, you won't have control over the end result. during the course you will work on landscapes, still lives, cityviews etc..

H2Oil/Cobrapaint: Water-soluble oil paint (known as H2Oil or Cobrapaint) is a modern variant of oil paint. The paint is designed to diluted by water. Also the brushes can be cleaned with water. The traditional oil paint is diluted with turpentine; turpentine is also used to clean the brushes. Some people are allergic to these solvents. Moreover they are bad for your health, because they cause the organic psycho syndrome or what we call the "painters disease" when you use it a lot for a long time. And the use of turpentine is also bad for our environment. Water-soluble oil paint can be processed in the same way as traditional oil paint and does not have the disadvantages  that some people link to acrylic paint. It dries slowly. The water solubility is achieved by adding an oil-bearing medium, where an emulsifier is added in. The same technique is traditionally used in tempera.

Composite techniques: In the courses we can use gels and pastes to create all kind off structures. This can be used for a variety of purposes, both in realistic work as in abstract work. For more ideas you can look in my gallery where I used it in several paintings. The gels and pastes are used mainly in the subsurface, so you can paint it over with different techniques (acrylic, oil paint on water base, watercolour and even with soft pastels you can paint over with water and a binder, if there is used a right sub-floor).

It is a wonderful way to express your feelings freely, therefore also very accessible for beginners.

The beginning phase of a students work.