In the webshop: a personalised Gift Card for giving art

A personalised Gift Card, as a unique and personal gift for Christmas or birthday

With the celebration of Christmas in just a few weeks, it's time to find some nice gifts for your friends, family and loved ones. If finding the right gift is hard, maybe you should think about giving a piece of art. It's unique, durable and personal. 

Personal gift

However, with art it is the same as with fashion. It's very personal. Artworks you like might not be that interesting to your friends or family. If suspect this is the case, consider giving a Art Gift Card then.

Commissioned art as a gift

By giving a Gift Card they can choose the artwork they like. And one that fits their home or office interior. It is possible to buy art directly from the webshop or one can decide to commission an artwork to their liking. 

Any amount

Each Art Gift Card can contain a personal written note.

Also, the amount of money can be anything up from € 10,- / $ 12. So even with a limited budget, there is always something to give. The amounts that currently can be selected in the webshop are:

  • €10,-, 
  • €15,-,
  • €20,-,
  • €25,-,
  • €40,-,
  • €50,-, 
  • €75,-,
  • €100,- or
  • €250,-

    but ofcourse any amount is possible. If you just send me short e-mail with your contact details and the amount you want the Gift Card to contain, I will send you a payment-link which you can use to pay the wanted amount.

After payment, the card will be delivered to your mailbox (not e-mail) as soon as possible and as a nice package or even gift wrapped. If you want a personal written note from me in the card, I am happy to provide that. See also the blogpost on what goodies you get when you purchased an artwork in our shop or gallery

Discount code

Each card contains a unique discount code that can used during checkout in the webshop. Or if you bring the card with you during a gallery visit in Voorburg, the Netherlands, I'll lower the price of the artwork with the amount of discount.

Some gift ideas

Click the images for more information on that particular artwork.

Artwork 'Drone' as a Christmas Gift?

Artwork 'Drone' as a Christmas Gift?

Even for smaller budgets one can consider giving a Gift Card. The Illustrations in the webshop have a bit of a lower price compared to the paintings. 

Even for smaller budgets one can consider giving a Gift Card. The Illustrations in the webshop have a bit of a lower price compared to the paintings. 

Not only illustrations or unique paintings can be bought with a Gift Card. Also art objects like the Art Bottles or this custom painted skateboard are available. 

Not only illustrations or unique paintings can be bought with a Gift Card. Also art objects like the Art Bottles or this custom painted skateboard are available. 

If you any questions regarding this Art Gift Card don't hesitate to contact me anytime. 

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Work-in-progress - 8 new abstract paintings in the webshop soon

Picture 1 of 4 - Work-in-progress on several abstract paintings by Dutch artist Michiel Nagtegaal in Leidschendam-Voorburg, the Netherlands

While working on a painting, I use my paint left-overs for other paintings. Common practice, I believe. It saves paint, improves the consistency between paintings and allows working on multiple paintings at a time while paint dries.

So when I was working on the sliding doors for the Airbnb location, I had various unfinished paintings nearby for using the left-overs.

Tomorrow Eva, the owner of the Airbnb location, will join me in my studio taking pictures and film me putting the final layers on the sliding doors. Therefor, in the past days I couldn't work on the doors and I had some time to spend on the progress of the paintings.

It thought it would be nice to share some insights on the process of making the paintings.

Painting 1

- Above left: white lines on black background

I really liked the larger (black) border around the white lines, the boxed feel, in this one. Hard to see on the picture but the background consists of a gradient, going from dark blue on the top to black on the bottom. Nice, but it makes improvements more difficult, :)

Painting 2

- Above right: white lines on a red brown and blue background  

Is a smaller one (50 x 50 x 4cm / 19.6" x 19.6" x 1.5") and almost finished.

It is exactly what I envisioned for larger paintings, and inspired by the popular 'Drone' painting. Just like many of the other work-in-progress paintings, I started this one with a first layer of white paint on the color background using a Molotow 60mm acrylic paint marker. Because this never gets me solid lines, I added a second layer of the Molotow acrylic paint / ink, applied with a Liquitex brush

Picture 2 of 4 - Work-in-progress on several abstract paintings by Dutch artist Michiel Nagtegaal in Leidschendam-Voorburg, the Netherlands

Painting 3

- Above left: white lines on a pink and light blue background  

I started this painting in portrait orientation but during the painting I decided to switch to landscape. For some reason I have been making portrait orientated paintings since I started painting four years ago. Strange, because people buy horizontal paintings just as much as vertically orientated ones. 

Because of the larger contrast in that part, I expected the lines to work better there. But today I re-discovered all the details and all the layers of paint in the right part and decided that right part has way more depth and is in fact much more interesting.

The right part looks more like a recently sold painting, Soft Skin. And I have been trying to repeat the process behind Soft Skin many times since it sold but with unsatisfactory results so far.

Painting 4

- Above right: white lines on a light and dark blue background

This painting is made, exceptionally, on wood. The wooden plate is part of a set of two plates, bought several years ago. The first one was used for the colorful illustration 'Mad men' and this second, blank one has been moved around our house, shed and my studio for years. 

The plate already has several layers of paint as a result of my attempts to re-create the process used with the 'Drone' and 'Soft Skin' paintings. I am still not happy with it, so I leave it for now. Inspiration will come.

Picture 2 of 4 - Work-in-progress on several abstract paintings by Dutch artist Michiel Nagtegaal in Leidschendam-Voorburg, the Netherlands

Painting 5

- Above left: white lines on a blue and purple, toned down background

I really dig the composition on this one. The margins are fine. And I like the layered background. So far so good.

First, this painting had some dark layers of paint on it, before I decided to treat it with a 'white wash' to make the background brighter and lower the contrast with the white lines. It already had a first layer of extra bold white lines but this layer has been partially covered with layers of colored paint. Today I added the top layer of bold, white lines. In the next few days I'll make the contrast of those lines a bit higher, by adding an extra layer of white.

Painting 6

- Above right: white lines on a blue and pink background

The white lines I added today are, in fact, layer 5 or 6. Below the white lines you see, there is a layer of a 'blue wash' with a layer of white lines and a layer of pink lines beneath it. But I like the composition and just the right amount of complexity. 

Picture 2 of 4 - Work-in-progress on several abstract paintings by Dutch artist Michiel Nagtegaal in Leidschendam-Voorburg, the Netherlands

Painting 7

- Above left: white lines on a black background

Painting 7 and 8 are a continuation of the previously made 'Back in Black'-paintings. In those dark paintings I explore a minimum of contrast between dark lines and a black background. Check out the Instagram posts here and here on the subject.

I really like the 'white space' in the painting. And I intend to leave it like this. For months I have had ideas to leave the concept of a 'fully covered'-painting. This way the set of lines itself forms a shape, a composition. And this makes the painting way more interesting. Especially if I add extra layers of (colored) lines to the shape. Can't wait to proceed on this one!

Painting 8 

- Above right: white lines on a dark blue background

Although I am not fully satisfied with the result so far I still consider this as a successful experiment. As I said in the comment on painting 7, by leaving spaces open, the painting becomes more interesting. But I am thinking of adding more color to it. To be continued!

 I'll keep you posted on further progress, on my Instagram account.

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