A walk with the crane
31 x 25 cm | Oil on panel | Available through Art Gallery Honingen
This cat in typical steampunk clothing sets out for a walk with her pet. In this case the pet is a crane.
I deliberately kept the background neutral and calm so that all the details of the characters, clothing and details get all the attention even better.
The typical blurry background is called 'bokeh'.
23 x 23 cm | Oil on panel | Available through Art Gallery Honingen
This red-haired Maine Coon male is wearing a Cirque du Soleil mask.
This mask was made by Judith Rauchfuss for Cirque du Soleil and I bought it during one of their shows. This painting uses a limited color
palette to emphasize the power of this superhero.
Ravel and Spacechimp
25 x 25 cm | Oil on panel | Available through Art Gallery De Beeldenstorm
Ravel the French bulldog presented in this painting is in my studio every day while I paint.
In this painting it was particularly nice to provide him with a space suit as if he were a cosmonaut together with his partner 'Spacechimp'.
The inspiration for this painting came after watching the James Bond movie "Moonraker."
30 x 60 cm | Oil on panel | Available through Art Gallery Honingen
The centerpiece of this painting is a vase in glass paste. Together with the other objects you can see this painting as a 'lively still life'.
By the way, I started as a still life painter when I was 19 years old in the footsteps of my father.
In this work, the light is indeed very important. You see the floodlight invade the painting on the left and illuminate all objects and figures.
The abundance of different materials, such as in this 'still life', is always a challenge and a test of ability. This way you can show the solid wooden surface but also the soft fur of the different animals.
The Porcelain Boat
25 x 31 cm | Oil on panel | Available through Wim Bals Studio
With this painting I wanted to capture the warm colors that you see at a sunset.
The 'sailing boat', made from a porcelain jug, accommodates various animals such as a raccoon, Nubian goat and a sloth.
Also note the young elephant with swimming goggles.
30 x 60 cm | Oil on panel | Available through Art Gallery De Beeldenstorm
A detail from my pond was the source for the inspiration in this painting.
Every spring the water lily leaves come back to the surface with the beautiful water lily crowning themselves.
I chose the title 'Utopia' for this painting because in this work all possible animals live peacefully together, from the tree frog to the sea horse.
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100 x 150 cm | Oil on canvas | Available through Art Gallery De Beeldenstorm
Smaller formats are fun to paint but it was time to make another XXL format.
It has become 'King's Castle' with dimensions of 100 x 150 cm.
I have not counted the hours in this painting in terms of preparation and elaboration, but after a long drive I am happy to show you the result.
From flying objects and animals to Nestor the lion, the king of the Antwerp Zoo, you can find it here.
This painting was constructed in the atmosphere of a warm summer evening with the sun low.
The title 'King's Castle refers to the lion as' King of the animals' but also to the kingfisher. In English this is 'Kingfisher'.
The castle that I used as background is the Castle 'Hof ter Saksen' where I often hung around as a little boy.