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Artists of South Whidbey learn from Schouten

November 11, 2012 · Updated 3:08 PM

“Into the Garden” is a painting by Rob Schouten. He will share his knowledge Nov. 13. / Rob Scouten photo

The Artists of South Whidbey meet Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Brookhaven meeting room in Langley at 11:30 a.m. for an optional brown bag lunch. The business meeting starts at noon followed by a demonstration by artist Rob Schouten at 1 p.m.

The symbolic oil paintings of Dutch artist Rob Schouten are inspired by the natural beauty of the American West, Eastern mysticism, quantum physics and Jungian psychology: magically surreal, yet familiar. Schouten pays meticulous attention to detail and light and often spends months working on a single painting.

The technique he will demonstrate is of 15th century Flemish origin and was practiced by artists like Hubert and Jan van Eijcks, Rogier van der Weijden and Hieronymus Bosch, and later by the Italian renaissance painters like Caravaggio and the 17th century Dutch painters like Rubens, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Vermeer and many

others. The technique involves painting the entire painting in umber tones first and subsequently painting transparent layers of color on top of the underpainting so that some of the umber shines through and gives the color a complexity that can’t be achieved by direct mixing wet in wet, particularly effective for rendering skin tones.

Schouten’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally and is featured in numerous private collections. Commissions include paintings for the family of H.H. the Dalai Lama and for Jane Goodall, among others. His art can be seen at the Rob Schouten Gallery, a premier showcase for Whidbey Island and Northwest artists which is located at the historic Greenbank Farm.

ASW welcomes painters in all mediums to join. Attendees may bring artwork to share and/or for a gentle critique. Call Judith Burns at 221-2353.


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