Featured Artist Charlot Terhaar sive Droste

Dutch artist Charlot Terhaar sive Droste shares a fresh and engaging collection of mixed media abstract paintings. Visit her website to see more of her work.


softly ethereal mixed media painting

“Painting 411” mixed media on linen, 130 x 130 cm


To create my semi-abstract paintings, I do not have a preconceived plan or fixed ideas in advance. On the contrary, to have a preset plan basically implies that I have expectations that influence and affect the spontaneous generation process.


abstract painting in mixed media

“Painting 422” mixed media on linen, 100 x 100 cm


The challenge is to be as free and open as possible while paint­ing in order to fully focus on the impulses and inspiration from within. Once the first stroke hits the canvas, the painting process has started. This first action automatically triggers the next reaction. Consequently recurrent actions occur gradually whereby images grow or evolve.


mixed media abstract painting

“Painting 473” mixed media on linen, 80 x 80 cm


This way I can work on several paintings simultaneously, thereby keeping the flow and avoid getting stuck. By rotating the paintings, I view and experience the imagery from different perspectives. By adding, removing, accentuating or blurring more and more elements and layers, a hierarchy arises in the image, in which each element is given its right place within the whole.


Bold and vibrant abstract painting

“Painting 479” mixed media on linen, 60 x 60 cm


A painting feels similar to a symphony of timbres, movements, tones, lines, repeti­tions and all kinds of contrasts between roughness and refined details. As such, one could perceive the painting as if experiencing a musical composition or an orchestrated atmosphere that invites you to ponder and wonder. A world of tension, which is neither chaotic nor harmonious, but rightly balanced.


colorful abstract artwork

“Painting 502” mixed media on linen, 100 x 100 cm


Occasionally, a sort of semi-realistic landscape emerges in which numerous unpredictable abstract elements can be discovered. In my work I use a combination of acrylic paint, oil crayon, pencil, pastel chalk and sometimes graffiti or texture paste.


abstract painting in a soft palette

“Painting 475” mixed media on linen, 80 x 80 cm


In addition to my semi-abstract paintings, I also paint commissioned realistic por­traits. These artistic representations of persons based on photography stem from a completely different creation mode whereby the initial plan and direction is very clear.


abstract painting in a pastel palette

“Painting 424” mixed media on linen, 100 x 100 cm


A number of my paintings are included in private, institutional and corporate art collections. Over the two decades, I took part in numerous art exhibits, art fairs, gallery expositions and solo exhibitions during cultural art events. In 2014, I received the Best Artist Award during an international art fair in Rotterdam.


abstract landscape painting

“Painting 491” mixed media on linen, 100 x 100 cm


My studio and gallery, located between Amsterdam and Utrecht in the Netherlands, is in an old farm building. I have two websites to expose my work to the world. This one is dedicated to my smaller artworks, sketches and a variety of  drawings on paper, cardboard and stone.


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  1. These tones are very lovely. My favorite is 491.

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