Rembrandt & Me

Eric Armitage

My name is Eric Armitage. I was educated in the USA and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Washington in Seattle. After a career in the art and design world I moved to the Netherlands in 1999 and took a job in the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam. There, I created a presentation for visitors about how Rembrandt was preparing his paints from linseed oil and natural earthen pigments. A great deal of my skills and knowledge came from classes at Verfmolen de Kat, an old pigment grinding windmill in Zaandam. I returned to the mill a number of times for more advanced instructions. The presentation and demand for the demonstrations grew over the years and became a show that ran 7 days per week. Paint Making (and painting) became my passion. I worked in Rembrandt’s studios for over 21 years, that’s even longer than Rembrandt himself.  I’m so lucky to live down the street from where he lived.

Amsterdam Paintings with Handmade Oils

Montelbaanstoren – handmade oil on canvas – 30x40cm

Nieuwmarkt – handmade oil on canvas – 30x40cm

Grimburgwal – handmade oil on canvas – 30x40cm

Zuiderkerk – handmade oil on canvas – 30x40cm

Rokin/Grimnessesluis -handmade oil on canvas – 40x30cm

Krom Boomssloot – handmade oil on canvas – 30x40cm

Raamgracht -handmade oil on canvas – 40x30cm

Cafe De Sluyswacht – handmade oil on canvas – 30x40cm

Rembrandt House – handmade oil on canvas – 30x30cm

Nieuwmarkt – handmade oil on canvas – 30x40cm

Oudezijds Kolk – handmade oil on canvas – 30x30cm

Westerkerk – handmade oil on canvas – 30x40cm