The world and works of Joop Smits

Here you can read more about the works. We will regularly publish an article, in English and Dutch.

The Old Forge gallery

Next to our house in Ardea Tuosist in Ireland Joop started a small gallery: the Old Forge. In former days a farrier lived there and covered the horses hooves with new horseshoes. Even the heavy door is in a shape of a horseshoe and the iron rings left and right of...

Almond blossom of Mallorca

A beautiful natural phenomenon on Mallorca is the almond blossom. From January until March the almond trees are in bloom and from above Mallorca looks like one big white pink island. Therefore the almond blossom is also called “the snow of Mallorca”. And of course as...

Zodiac sign Sagittarius / Boogschutter, November 23rd to December 20th

My vision and arrows reach very  far. I am so busy, busy with fervent thinking. Do not hold my strengths until all humanity is giving me a sign: “Give us your knowledge and contemplation”. Mijn visie en mijn pijlen gaan heel ver. Ik ben ook zo druk, druk met vurig...

Studio Mallorca

Building a studio on Mallorca, give me a break: with such a cat, it’s a piece of cake! Een atelier bouwen op Mallorca was een makkie: je begint gewoon en het is kat in het bakkie!

The fens of the Stratumse Heide

In his early boyhood you could find Joop almost daily in nature reserve the Stratumse Heide nearby his birthplace in Eindhoven. Inspired by the serene beauty of it, it were these typical landscapes of the county of Brabant he started to paint as a sixteen year old....

Inner landscapes / innerlijke landschappen

Inner Landscapes, Joop  called this kind of work. Which inner life came through the brush on the canvas? Or are they cosmic energies that took shape through Joop? We will never know ... Innerlijke landschappen, noemde Joop dit soort schilderijen. Welke zielenroerselen...

Constellation Scorpio 23th of October – 22th of November

Force and rule I want as I am got threatened, manipulation is my only weapon. I go deeper than the deepest oceans, but explore… Transformation is my mission as it creates harmony between ego and the soul I who  am. Dwingen en heersen wil ik want ik word belaagd,...

Irish wild Fuchsias

Joop has painted many Fuchsias. The  Fuchsia occurs in South West Ireland in the wild as bushes along roads and trails. It is impressive how hedges of red-purple flowers color that part of Ireland from July to October. The Fuchsia is a symbol of life energy: glow of...

Playground

Many parents said about this kind of work: “Aaah, my four-year- old can also paint something like that!” Yes, but as an adult it is almost impossible to paint as a four-year- old… Veel ouders zeiden over dit soort werk: “Aaah, zoiets kan onze vierjarige ook!” Jawel,...

Market day in Porreres, Mallorca

Every Tuesday it is marketday in Porreres, village on Mallorca where Joop lived. The painting on the left is on Place de la Vila, with view on the church of the town. The painting on the right is also Place de la Vila, but the small street on the right is called...