Painting, Sketching & Enjoying Arts

The Mallow Coloured Garden (Book: Branko Ćopić)

I chose to read “The Mallow Coloured Garden” as a farewell gesture to the children’s books that once captivated me, and which I now plan to donate to a local school. I was a child when I first read this book, and I still love it. The author, Branko Ćopić, enjoyed such popularity that his […]

What are we doing at school? (Peanuts)

What are we doing at school is a good question and depicted in this watercolour reconstruction of a still in a 9 x 9 cm sketch. Charly Brown is a comic character form Peanuts series that appeals to all of us because he is simply a kind looser. There are many animated Peanuts cartoons but […]

The Illusionist (movie 2010)

I really enjoyed  “The Illusionist” movie because of its awesome animation. The story might not be super inspiring, but the visuals are amazing. The atmosphere in the movie is great, and you can just enjoy the images without needing explanations. I tried to capture that feeling by sketching a scene from the movie with watercolours. […]

Maria Callas 100 years

Last year marked the 100th anniversary of Maria Callas’ birth, and many people celebrated this milestone. Despite not being a huge opera fan, I was pleasantly surprised when I received an invitation to a celebration. I didn’t have high expectations, but it turned out to be fantastic. Francis van Broekhuizen, who is not only an […]

Lavender Fields

Lavender Fields In the winter, the famous French lavender fields don’t have much color. All the pretty flowers have been picked, and what’s left are short, grayish bushes about 30 cm high. I’m not sure how long a field lasts, but it’s not as long as a fruit tree garden, certainly not for decades. This […]

French Colorado (Rustrel)

Nearby a small village Rustrel (35 min drive from Ferrassieres) is a national park called French Colorado. It is a colourfull landscape with its ochre earth. The colour has been used since prehistoric times but also modern mines were once here. Not anymore. It is all protected although I heard some hunting dogs in a […]

Ferrassieres

This sketch depicts the distant hotel in Ferrassières. I encounter this scenery each time I return from a stroll with my dog. It accurately reflects our location and provides information about the altitude as well.

Barbie (Movie 2023)

Barbie is the kind of movie that most adults might hesitate to admit they’ve watched. However, it proves to be a delightful experience for grown-ups accompanying their kids, thanks to its many humorous moments. Despite the movie being named after Barbie, the focus shifts towards Ken, who eventually realizes that life can exist independently of […]

Holiday Sketch album

Instead of creating a photo album, I opted to assemble a holiday sketch album. Taking photos is undoubtedly simpler, and perhaps  for capturing memories might even produce superior results. However, I found a lot of fun in sitting amidst the garden, attempting to immortalise a butterfly on paper. But it wasn’t easy. The scene of […]

Drunken Master (Movie 1978)

Starting with Drunken Master as a first martial arts movie is great. The whole mysticism around kung-fu is broken into laughter. Jackie Chan knows best how to mesmerize you with his movements while at the same time keeps you smiling. The film was made in 1978 and connoisseurs call it martial arts comedy. It is […]