When I started to paint in oil I knew nothing about the material. I bought tubes with oil paint in colours of which I felt I should have. I bought hog's hair brushes of several measures. Turpentine to thin the paint to clean brushes. In the beginning I used canvas that I bought ready made. The painting could start now. I had no book about using the material.
Full of dedication I started to copy the old masters of the 17the century. A lot of paintings were made like "Diana Watched by the elder" (Rembrandt), the abduction of the daughters of leucippus" (Rubens), "the downfall of de rebellious angels" (Rubens), "Rubens sitting with his wife Isabella Brand in front of a bush of honeysuckle" (Rubens), "a portrait of a woman" (C. Verspronck) and so on.
Inordinately proud of the things I made and stimulated by my family and neighbours I noticed that I didn’t know enough. At an advice of a locale painter of art I bought the book "Max Doerner painting" about the use of material to paint. I was totally amazed. After this book I gathered everything I could get about painting material. The craft painting in the time of Rembrandt and his techniques gave me a new impulse. The mere tough of mastic-resin, Venetians turpentine, linseed oil and turpentine gave me an extra kick. The pigments with the possibility to be transparent or not depending on the colours made it for me still more interesting. I could paint in layers where under laying layers shine through. To glaze became for me a notion.It's a matter of course that you can paint more precise with matter-hair brushes than with hog's-hair brushes.