After that, Don Juan realized that his previous life was just a mask and casts it off and www.lifeofanartist.nl then flew for his love on a silver string to the Moon. The Moon itself is at the first quarter which means that the new love is growing.
I don’t know if what was in my mind is well transposed onto the canvas, but I hope I managed to do it at least a half of that.
Tell me which old masters influence you:
Actually, when is about influence, I can’t give a particular name I very much like Caravaggio and he influenced me. Then there are various Old Dutch painters. But, the main influence in my realist art comes from contemporary realist artists who I think are better in depictions, yet, maybe not as good on the crafting-side of making a painting. I mean by that in regards to the use of techniques that ensure a very good and long preservation of paintings.
How long have you considered yourself an artist?
Maybe since I was 16 or 17… not sure exactly, but I’m sure I was thinking that I have artistic skills. This was also a time when even though I wasn’t drawing a single line I considered I made art simply by walking on a street or talking to friends. My mind was way way too open to what art making is. Anyway, I became confident that I’m an artist when I began making a living through art.
Tell me about your first experience painting with oil:
Oh, that’s so far in the past! I was a child… Was I 7 or 8? Not sure exactly what was my age when the family friend, who also is the one who initiated me in art, made me a gift box of oil color tubes. He gave it to me and nothing more. No instructions, no guidance… nothing! As you would give a chocolate to a kid and it’s something obvious that kids know what to do with. Also, he didn’t give me a canvas. So that I painted my first oil painting on paper. That kind of paper you can find for children’s watercolors. Had no thinner either, so of course, my brushes were ruined.