Painting daily life
I am an impressionist. I paint moments of life in a loose impressionistic style. Sitting somewhere or walking around town, I make little sketches of things that strike me. I always carry pen and paper with me. The sketches are the basis for my paintings. I love to stroll through Amsterdam, where I have my studio. I sit in little brown cafés, or beautiful grand-cafés and sketch people who are drinking their coffee, or meet their friends. I like to see children playing at the beach. There I find my inspiration. Most important for me are people in their daily surroundings and because these moments pass very quickly, I only have seconds to make the sketches. For the background I have more time of course. Later in my studio I recreate these moments and try to catch the original atmosphere. Although the sketches are done very quickly, the paintings take long before I am satisfied with them. For me composition, color, atmosphere and light are most important, the exact form is of lesser importance to me.
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