If you want to give me a commission it is of course important that you can see how seriously I handle your proposals. For me two things are important:
- You should be able in the end to receive an artwork that you are really pleased with, whether it is to give away or to hang above the sofa.
- As an artist I also want to be able to show my own style and produce my optimal work as regards expression and harmony of form and colour.
That means I have to keep in close contact with you and that we give each other regular feedback.
For me this is clearly a two-way process!
I have made out a scheme below to show how the process takes place. I have taken an oil painting as an example.
- This stage may sometimes require several discussions.
- Because in full size certain elements may be lost, or be too overpowering, as at stage 1 several discussions may be necessary. There may also be too much on the canvas, or the composition may be out of balance.
- This is a sort of undercoat and gives an even clearer image of the composition.
- Some parts are painted in layers. Oil paint lends itself well to this. Because certain colours are transparent the layers influence each other. You can put this to excellent use here. Other parts are painted ‘wet on wet’. In this way you create transitions in colour, as with marble.
- At this stage you can follow progress.
- Retouching varnish is the first varnish, which will brings out elements that have been lost. Because the layers of oil paint react with each other the oil can ‘sink’ into the layer beneath. This is a natural process and can be corrected by varnish.
- After a year or more the top varnish can be applied. This protects the painting from outside influences.