From the monthly archives:

July 2008

Doing it your own way

by Henk ter Heide on Friday July 18, 2008

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Abstracts and portraits by Rebeca Blázquez Jover, oil paintings by Joe Kresoja and landscapes by Ronald Menti.

Pintura painting
This little set of paintings by RebecA Blázquez Jover is an interesting mix of abstracts and portraits. Very colorful.

Autorretrato II
Autorretrato II by RebecA Jover

Oil paintings by Joe Kresoja
I’m tempted to call this set a bunch of women. Although Joe Kresoja does paint some other subjects a large part of his paintings are of (partly nude) women.
Usually I’m not a big fan of this kind of work. I can’t quite put my finger on why but I do like this set of oil paintings.

Pittore d’arte Ronald Menti
Looking at this small set of paintings by Ronald Menti it seams as though something is wrong with them. Although it are very nice paintings they seem to big. It’s like the artist tried to put everything into one frame.

Painting removed by request of the artist.
update: After I remove his painting the artist allowed me to put it back.
I won’t.
I don’t want to play this kind of games. Either you allow me to show your work, or you don’t. But I won’t be deleting and then again adding pictures to my blog.
Castello di Brendola by Ronald Menti


Photos of Route 66 and more

by Henk ter Heide on Wednesday July 16, 2008

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Photos by John Rizzuto, Andy Pettigrew and Clifford Sax.

Route 66 by John Rizzuto
Even for someone who is born in the Netherlands Route 66 has a romantic ring about it. Never having visited the States I’ve never had the change to see it. But this set of John Rizzuto gives a nice impression.

Photostream by Andy Pettigrew
As one of his admires puts it: “Andy has the eye.
That’s his secret. Whether looking at Urban or Rural scenes he observes that which is beautiful or funny, or needs to be criticized, and he captures it with his camera.
It is a privelige to look at his pictures and sometimes see the world that Harry Halibut seems to see all the time.”

Black and white set by Clifford Sax
With black and white photos the shapes of the subjects and the contrast within the photo are very important. Since most photographers don’t grasp this it’s rare to find a nice site.
Here’s one by Clifford Sax
Hove Fire Escape
Hove fire escape by Clifford Sax


Working from home

by Henk ter Heide on Monday July 14, 2008

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Paintings from Watmough and John K. Harrell and fractal art by Rein Nomm

Watmough paintings
At first glance I thought this site was called “Wat’s mough painting”. “Wat” being the Dutch word for “what”. But it turns out that this guy is called Watmough. On his site Watmough paintings he flexes his painting muscles and shows what a professional painter can draw in his free time.
Paintings from life. Landscapes and still lifes he encounters in his life.
Match67 Watmough round1
Match76 Watmough round1 by Watmough

Fractal art – A calculated art form
As computers have become much faster it has become much easier to create fractal pattern. Looking for art on the Internet I get to see them a lot. But usually they look like the original Mandelbrot set.
Rein Nomm has created a fractal set that is both unique and beautiful.
Flying in Formation
Flying in formation by Rein Nomm

John K. Harrell’s Daily painting journal
Driving and walking around with a camera John Harrell finds interesting scenes to paint
Stormy by John Harrell


Fun with tattoos

by Henk ter Heide on Friday July 11, 2008

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Funny illustrations by Mattias, abstract paintings by Leo Mayer and tattoo art by Shawn Barber.

Mattias Inks
Here’s a funny blog from a Swedish illustrator. Mattias creates drawings of creatures. All kind of creatures. Varying from robots to funny animals.
Here is one of his drawings commenting the recent European soccer championship.
European Football4
European football 4 by Mattias

Leo Mayer
Augarte by Leo Mayer
Looking at a painting like this, cold shivers run down my spine.
I don’t know what this is. Or what it is supposed to be. The title gives no information what so ever.
Further more I don’t even know whether I like it. But there is something fascinating about this painting.
Leo Mayer has many more paintings like this one.

Shawn Barber
And now for something different.
I must admit that after searching for artsites for about a year I’ve never seen anything like this site.
Shawn Barber is a tattoo artist who documents his own work and the work of his colleagues in what he calls Tattooed portraits. Which are exactly what they are. In some portraits you get to see (a part) of the person, but in most you only see the tattoo.



by Henk ter Heide on Wednesday July 9, 2008

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Pen and ink drawings by Pete Bromage and paintings by Nathaniel Fowles and Jon Conkey.

Drawings by Pete Bromage
Drawings of steam locomotives. Drawings of people at work. Drawings of people working the land. Landscapes and old churches. With the quality of these drawing I would have though that Pete Bromage would have his own website to sell his work.
But apparently he hasn’t.

The roundhouse by Pete Bromage

Nathaniel Fowles’ paintings
From his profile: “When I was eleven or so, I decided that I wanted to be an artist (it seemed like a good idea at the time).”
Going by the not very large set of paintings I’m assuming that Nathaniel Fowles never fulfilled his ambition. Still he paints quite nice pictures of a city that needs no introduction.
According to his profile his paintings depict fragments of stories. Which might explain why I felt that the paintings where trying to tell me something.

To grow people need challenges. Jon Conkey challenged himself to paint 365 oil painting in one year to practice his oil paintings skills. Themeworks is the result of that challenge.
The website consists of 332 little paintings of mostly landscapes. A few people and buildings but mostly lovely landscapes.
Although he has finished this project and moved on this site is still well worth a visit.


Is there live on Mars

by Henk ter Heide on Monday July 7, 2008

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Sci-fi paintings by David Long and Mike Posis and abstract paintings by Caleb Miles.

David’s sketchbook
David’s sketchbook has me thinking back about the picture on the covers of the sci-fi books I used to read in my teens. Those pictures of strange and far away places that made me long for a journey I could never undertake.

Finding an old friend by David Long

Caleb Miles abstract paintings
“Bold” is the first word that comes to mind while watching Caleb Miles paintings.
In my own abstract drawings I always try to depict something. It might not be obvious to the audience but there is. But with Caleb Miles’ paintings I have the impression that he just boldly put his brush on the paper and paints.

On mars
…on mars is one of the stranger websites I’ve come across. On the site you’ll find a series of drawings that show you the Martian (and Sartunian) landscape according to Mike Posis.
I won’t say that I like the drawings very much. But they are certainly fascinating in there difference.


Painting the Dutch country site

by Henk ter Heide on Friday July 4, 2008

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Edo and Mark Soetebier painting the Dutch country site and Illi painting landscapes and still lifes.

Edo aquarelle’s
How nice to find fellow countrymen on Flickr.
Edo paints Dutch landscapes à plein air. If I may say so without sounding chauvinistic he does know how to catch the Dutch landscape.
Rustenburg by Edo

Oil, watercolour & sketches by Illi
Illi has a nice little set of landscape and still life drawings and paintings.
She is still learning to express her self in this manner but she sure shows promise.

Mark Soetebier oil paints and watercolors
My country man Mark Christian Soetebier has created some really nice paintings of the Dutch country site and city life.
maastricht in esecuzione
Maastricht in esecuzione by Mark Soetebier


Anonymous paintings

by Henk ter Heide on Wednesday July 2, 2008

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Ron Morrison painting old cars, Sting Chen drawing abstract and Roger Luan painting…

Old cars by Ron Morrison
I don’t get to see it very often but one of my personal favorites are paintings about old things. Especially when they are in a state of decay.
The Canadian painter Ron Morrison shares this preference. The subject of choice for his watercolor paintings are old rusty car wrecks. He shows there’s also beauty in discarded cars.
Old works by ron Morrison

I ain’t an artist
I would call these pen and ink drawing by Sting Chen abstract.
Actually I’m at a loss as to what they are supposed to portray. At most they remind me of something I saw on television in a show about tumors. A bit creepy but still fascinating.

Roger’s paintings
Here is an other painter who tells absolutely nothing about himself apart from his name (Roger Luan) and his profession. Which means that I have no idea whether his beautiful paintings are his personal work or something he did for some project.
I don’t even know what the paintings are called.
a-1004 by Roger Luan

B003S245C_261 by Roger Luan
(How could any one create such a lovely paintings and then forget to name them…)