zaterdag 14 maart 2015

The Potters Cast

Recently I had a nice conversation with Paul Blais about my work for 'The Potters Cast' show.

Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk | Episode 91

Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk studied Graphic and Typographic design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, The Netherlands (Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag).
After graduation Pepijn focused more on illustrating and painting. This was the beginning of Cirque dextraordinaire or what later became his alias and studio name Cirque de Pepin.
Pepijns circus, as a metaphor for a place where anything can happen.

How would you define you?
As an artist I am very open minded. I am very interested in different cultures. I am open to different people and different kinds of art.

What kind of habits do you employ to make sure you are creative in your life?
Try to spend  time with my family. That is good always. I do fun things with my kids, playing soccer, things like that. Swimming and archaeology, I am very much interested in old stuff. Those are things outside my art life. Doing things that keep your mind off your work keeps you fresh, that is important for me to stay creative.

What was one of your most embarrassing moments as an artist?
I have made some financial mistakes. For a commission I should have asked for more money.

What is the best advice you have been given to be successful as an artist?
What someone told me was that if you have this idea in your head you have to always be very open to it. If you have this idea you really have to make this work. As an artist try to make this idea a reality. Always try to make it work. 

vrijdag 6 maart 2015


I am participating in the upcoming group exhibition INKED 'About tattoos and art', at BAS10 gallery in the beautiful old town of Sneek (in the north part of The Netherlands, Friesland county).

March 14 - April 21, 2015 

Participating artists:
Eveline Smit, Frieda de Witte, Henrike Scholten, Jans Muskee, Klasiena (Sieuwke Klaske) Soepboer,  Maria Jager, Marlies Hulzebos, Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk, Rinke Nijburg, Sabine Liedtke, Sander Wiersma, Toyah van de Ven.
The exhibition is partly achieved with the cooperation of the Classical Academy of Groningen.

About Owls

I am working on a few smaller oil paintings on wooden panel. 
Below is the work in progress of one of them. 
On the left the underpainting in ocher and burnt umber.