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ABOUT ME


Eempolder Soest The Netherlands

Landscape near Soest. Watercolor - Ben Lustenhouwer. 1984.

I was born and grew up in Soest, The Netherlands, 1951.

In 1990, I moved to Spain with my wife, the sculptress Helma Vanrens, and our daughter Karen. We first settled in Paterna and later in village called Chelva.

Editing a video

Editing a video

For over 25 years, my working life has been filled almost daily, with portrait commissions. In recent years an idea grew that I should share my portrait painting experiences and knowledge. Ultimately this is what I did. About ten years ago I started teaching and later, making video tutorials.

Since then much has changed. In the past I found myself only behind the easel. Now part of the day I also spend behind a computer. I am in touch with people from all over the world who want to learn portrait painting. Every few days I write my blog posts and in addition, sometimes for weeks on end I am filming and editing videos. When I started this portrait-painting-internet project I had no idea that it would become such a success. Nor had I expected that I would enjoy it so much. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to help others improve their painting skills.

 

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21 thoughts on “ABOUT ME


By Guillermo Berjón on 22 November 2015

Quiero acusarle recibo y agradecerle el envío de su PDF "Quick approach wet-in-wet", tan claro y útil como todos sus consejos. Le sigo desde hace tiempo porque me gustan mucho sus retratos. He dibujado y pintado desde hace años, pero tengo más de ochenta años y aún me considero un aprendiz. Sus tutoriales me ayudan mucho. Perdone que no le escriba en inglés pero, estoy seguro que, tras su larga estancia en España, me podrá comprender perfectamente. Le deseo fervientemente que sigan sus éxitos para el disfrute de todos sus "fans". Un cordial saludo.


By Ben Lustenhouwer on 26 November 2015

Gracias Guillermo. Si que me defiendo bien en castellano.Me allegro mucho que te gustan mis actividades.Un abrazo.
Ben


By Marcela Adasme on 24 January 2016

Hola Ben. Me alegra mucho saber que hablas español, me gustaría mucho saber si tienes un tutorial explicativo de la paleta de oleos y los pro.mix ? No se como aplicarlos en el retrato. Un saludo Marcela



By DHANABAL on 28 April 2015

Hi sir ..... Just now i have watched your YouTube video. Its wonderful.....amazing........ Best wishes...............& Thanks.


By DHANABAL on 28 April 2015

Hi sir ..... Just now i have watched your YouTube video. Its wonderful.....amazing........ Best wishes...............& Thanks.


By Frank Hicklin on 30 March 2015

You are an inspiration. I've watched many of your tutorials via YouTube and have realised in your efforts true skill and warmth in your work. I have recently taken up drawing and painting again after a lapse of far too many years. Thank you for sharing your skills with us amateurs and professionals alike. I shall be following your every move to improve on my own.
Best wishes and please keep producing your excellent demonstrations.


By Frank Hicklin on 30 March 2015

You are an inspiration. I've watched many of your tutorials via YouTube and have realised in your efforts true skill and warmth in your work. I have recently taken up drawing and painting again after a lapse of far too many years. Thank you for sharing your skills with us amateurs and professionals alike. I shall be following your every move to improve on my own.
Best wishes and please keep producing your excellent demonstrations.


By Daniel Munyaga on 30 December 2014

great lessons from a great artist i enjoy the videos though am a watercolour painter. maybe i will try oil one of these days. thanks for your generosity.


By Brian Brewer on 13 December 2012

Your point about faces being recognizable in school group photographs even though it is impossible to pick out detail is probably the best portrait advice I've ever heard. I've been drawing for decades, consider myself a decent draftsman, but portraits are something I still struggle with(though I've seen some breakthroughs the last few years), so I thank you very much for the tip!:)


By Brian Brewer on 13 December 2012

Your point about faces being recognizable in school group photographs even though it is impossible to pick out detail is probably the best portrait advice I've ever heard. I've been drawing for decades, consider myself a decent draftsman, but portraits are something I still struggle with(though I've seen some breakthroughs the last few years), so I thank you very much for the tip!:)


By Lindsey Sachse on 17 November 2012

You are quite the inspiration Mr. Lustenhouwer. What amazing work and informative videos. Refreshing insight like yours does not come along very often. Thank you for making your methods so accessible and uncomplicated.

-Lindsey


By W.D.Broderick on 24 October 2012

Ben,
Many thanks for making this information available to those of us who did not have the opportunity to attend art school or private lessons. Your videos and work are very well done and full of useful information. Please keep up the good work!
Thanks
Bill


By W.D.Broderick on 24 October 2012

Ben,
Many thanks for making this information available to those of us who did not have the opportunity to attend art school or private lessons. Your videos and work are very well done and full of useful information. Please keep up the good work!
Thanks
Bill


By Artist C.S.Pant, Bombay, India. on 18 September 2012

Great Mr.Lustenhouwer! Found your portraits wonderful! Particularly the way you keep colors neat,clean & fresh. Happy to note that you too, like me,use photographs to paint portraits! But tell me ,how do you arrive at the out line drawing before you paint? Do you use tracing papers or enlargers etc? or is it free hand that you draw? warm regards! c.s.pant


By ben on 23 September 2012

Hello.
Usually I draw from enlarger sometimes I from hand, but than I use charcoal. Grid and tracing paper are useful as well


By Artist C.S.Pant, Bombay, India. on 18 September 2012

Great Mr.Lustenhouwer! Found your portraits wonderful! Particularly the way you keep colors neat,clean & fresh. Happy to note that you too, like me,use photographs to paint portraits! But tell me ,how do you arrive at the out line drawing before you paint? Do you use tracing papers or enlargers etc? or is it free hand that you draw? warm regards! c.s.pant


By ben on 23 September 2012

Hello.
Usually I draw from enlarger sometimes I from hand, but than I use charcoal. Grid and tracing paper are useful as well


By Alan Richardson on 26 April 2012

Luckily for me , out of all the videos and advice on Youtube I happened to pick on yours my friend , in particular an excellent step by step process of painting a portrait from a photograph . I too moved to Spain some 11 years ago and recently a Norweigian couple with two young grandchildren , after seeing some of my work shown locally asked me to paint a potrait of said grandchildren from a single photograph . Trouble is I've never attempted a portrait before and the photograph is , well , not of the standard I would have liked . However I don't want to disappoint my friends . Wish me luck !
P.S. I shall be following your advice to the letter !¬


By ben on 28 April 2012

Indeed. I wish you luck!

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