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Painting: Acrylic, Pastel, Pencil, Oil on Aluminium, Canvas, Wood.
I had such an incredible time painting 'Grace'! Due to an injury I could not paint for a while, so when I could paint again it was an outburst of creativity, such joy!
The paints I use are mostly acrylic and have an outstanding quality; they have a very high concentration of pigments so the color intensity of oil is equaled. They also do not dry darker as normal quality do, nor do they lose volume and you can see the immediate effect of the paint color while painting. The beautiful hue of color tones such as in oil is in the same range. And why my choice of acrylic instead of oil? I use combined painting techniques; oil, used in thick layers of paint as I apply them, would take about one year of drying. That simply does not fit my dynamic way of painting. With this medium I can reach the sphere which is so striking in my paintings: the visible difference between opaque and many transparant layers and use of smooth transitions between the layers of paint and the somewhat rugged strokes of the palette knife.
The canvases are custom-made for me. I work with an outstanding company that also makes canvasses for example 'het Paleis op de Dam' in Amsterdam (the prior 'home' of Rembrandts 'Nachtwacht' (‘the Night watch’). I solely work with their professional linnen because of its specific woven texture, thickness and strength. They are also the inventors of a special profile that has a maximum stiffness to it but is still relatively light. For this they have chosen Aluminium since this is the only material that is strong enough to support the forces that are exerted on a stretcher to absorb. In relation to timber it has a much larger (bending) rigidity, and is of course not affected by temperature or humidity changes. Therefor these canvasses can even be exhibited in boats (inside) and bathrooms for example.
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