I paint to make sense of the world
Jacobina Oele

coach, speaker, author, educator and painter

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Jacobina Oele

About Me

The Dutch painters from the Golden Age became famous by painting their environment. Their legacy is part of the greatest masters in European Art. That is where I come from. It is my cultural inheritance. Rembrandt is my greatest teacher. I admire his work because of the contrasts in his paintings.

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Architectural Drawing

"I am inviting you to work on your sketchbook through studying the narrow medieval streets and alleys..."

July 4th, 5th and 6th 2023

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Drawing Classes
Basic Color

In preparation for the six week course of Color Matters, I am offering an in-depth view of what drawing encompasses. We will use earthy colors like Ochre, Burnt Sienna, middle grey or whatever is available in your color box.

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Color Matters

In this series, with home work, I will discuss a certain color and its complementary. As a subject I will take a small mundane object, for example a vegetable or fruit, which you can draw for half an hour and finish the next day.

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An Apple a Day

During a whole month you will receive a video and small talk into your e-mail-box every day, with home work. This is especially designed for busy people who want to be inspired to do something every day but cannot seem to find the time to do so.

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Figure Drawing

Contour drawing/line

Mirror image

Copying/change dimensions

Systematic work / draw a hand

Copy reality / draw an object

Creating an illusion

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Advanced 1

The general idea

The chair

A corner in your house/relationships

Draw a person/relationships

Light and shadows

Self portrait

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Pen & Ink

Know your materials
Look at the world from a window
Draw a tree
Draw a tree next to a house
Make a drawing

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Patrons of Jacobina

$97 a month
Once a week you will receive a video
about a part of my personal process.

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What ohters are saying...


Jacobina’s ability to explain something complicated to an audience who is not familiar with the subject is excellent. Her great organizational skills and her outgoing personality have made her a tremendous asset to our club. She is a great instructor, a reliable and responsible person.

Karin M. Drury, ACG

When my friend Donna sent me an e-mail “Hee, would you like to take a drawing class with me from Jacobina “, my first reaction was, “I would love to but I really don’t have time” When I got home that evening I thought how do these two thoughts coexist, how would you love to but I don’t have time? So After dinner I said to her “yes I would love to take the class with you” So I pushed myself to allocate time and I am so very happy I did because it has open a door to a whole new series of experiences in which I can grow, so thank you so much for initiating us in the classes.

Barbara, real estate agent in Miami.

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Recent Posts

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What is Reality?

By: Jacobina O. OCTOBER 23, 2020

Reading an article a student sent me about the fly on Pence’s head during the vice presidents debate, and how flies have been used through the centuries in paintings, made me think about the importance of art. Art makes us reflect on the deeper meaning of things that happen in the world. Flies have long held symbolic meaning in the history of art. In portraits made in Renaissance Europe, the presence of a fly symbolizes the transience of human life. In the great scheme of things, our lives are no longer than that of a fly.

For me as a painter of ‘trompe l’oeils’, the article was a moment to reflect not only on the history of flies in western painting, but to begin considering how much we like to be deceived.

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Latest blog 2
Zen and Drawing

By: Jacobina O. SEPTEMBER 4, 2020

Zen is the direct experience of what we might call ultimate reality, or the absolute, yet it is not separate from the ordinary, the relative. This direct experience is our birthright. The practice of zen meditation is a way of realizing the non-dualistic, vibrant, subtle, and interconnected nature of all life. I discovered that through using simple tools that hardly cost anything like a pencil or a pen I was able to calm my mind through drawing. Looking for the benefits of drawing I couldn’t find another more compelling reason than the connection to nature and the skill that only humans have, to draw accurately. When you start drawing with a Zen approach the world is going to change.

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