Category Archives: Landscape

This includes value studies usually – but not always – done in preparation for an oil painting, as well as the oil paintings usually – but not always – executed in the studio.

Landscape Drawing – Hoogstraat bridge – August 2014

A view of the Sint Annarei canal from the Hoogstraat bridge. Morning light.

Pencil and conte pencil on toned paper. 21 x 29.5 cm or 8 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches. August 2014.

the inside out, the Predijkherrenrei

the Predijkherrenrei, inside-out – Oil, July 2010

Ever since my early experiments in painting, I have gravitated to painting on panels. Canvas is OK, but I just love the tactile quality of chalk gesso on panel. So I’ve always fully gessoed my panels on both sides – which is in fact how the flemish primitive painters did it too. And indeed it’s always seemed a shame to me to ignore that reverse side. (Sometimes in museums, you’ll see the back side of a painting done with a trompe l’oeil effect to depict a textured surface like, wood or marble.)

When I discovered (in 2009) how well a turtle shell trompe l’oeil effect had worked on a wide frame for a detailed cityscape I had painted, I decided to bring the abstract effect directly into the painting. So I commissioned a local carpenter to build me a wooden panel with a rotating inner core. I gessoed both sides and set to work. This is the result. It’s not really a painting to hang from a wall, since the back sides also participates. But who ever said art should be functional?

the outside-in, back side to the inside-out

back side of the Inside-out view of the Predijkherrenrei painting.

the Predijkherrenrei

The front side of the Predijkherrenrei cityscape in Bruges Belgium

The Predijkherrenrei back

The back side of the Predijkherrenrei landscape painting.

Two sided oil on panel with rotating inner core. Based on a value study. July 2010. 44 x 59 cm or 17 1/4 x 23 1/4 inches. You can read about the work-up of this piece here.