Painting, Sketching & Enjoying Arts

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

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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

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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

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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

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Ferrassieres

View from my holiday apartment in Ferrassieres. I made a similar sketch a year ago during a summer on the same paper with watercolour. This

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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

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Alan Ford

Alan Ford was my preferred comic during my teenage years, and it continued to hold its charm for me later, whenever I managed to get

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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

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Venice, Italy

Venice is probably my favorite place to be. My first visit was when I was very young and I remember only the ice cream and

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Child with a dove

Using ink I tried to recreate a picture Child with a dove by Picasso . A postcard with that picture was in my room when

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is in the air. Making complicated pictures with just a few text prompts is easy. Although laws of physics are not always obeyed

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My uncle’s house

My uncle invited me to visit him but unfortunately I could not. To good thing is that it gave me the opportunity to make a

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Small Sketchbook

It is really a small sketchbook. Just 9×9 cm. I have no idea how I got it and initially no idea what to use it

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Spring ’23

It is spring according to the calendar but it is cold, windy and it is raining. You might say, it is typical Dutch weather but

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Blackbird in my garden

The end of winter finally. I made two sketches and don’t really know which i like more. Maybe the initial simple one was the best.

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Dubai

Dubai is an amazing experience. You simply don’t know where to look and after some attempts a decision has been made to take a hop-on-hop-off

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Respect (Movie 2010)

Respect So what to do when you are approx. 30 years old and just have been admitted to a Ninja school and your terror-Teddy doesn’t

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Brussels

Visiting Brussels in January was interesting and cold. The most interesting part was the discussion about legal implications of art and art collections. There are

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A walk with my dog

Sometimes in the morning, especially when it’s dark and cold, I  wished I had a cat instead of a dog. Once outside, I quickly forget

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London Metro

What to do when in the London Metro travelling from one side of the city to the other? It turns out people do a lot.

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Frozen leaves

So, it was cold during the night of 13 December in the Netherlands. And there is some ice on the canals. So there are immediately

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walking over the dike on a misty day

Wadden Sea National Park

Wadden Sea National Park is the northern part of the Netherlands. It is partly sea with impressive tides and partly a collection of islands.https://www.waddensea-worldheritage.org For

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Venice Biennale 2022

During the ’22 Venice Biennale (the Milk of Dreams) https://www.labiennale.org/en/art/2022I stayed in a wonderful hotel. Nothing really special except that on the 4th floor there

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Autumn

Autumn seems to inspire me a lot since I have many sketches made during this season. The sketches are made over several years and here

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Belgrade

A few years ago I went to Belgrade (Serbia) with family just to be there, visit some museums and see some art that my mother

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Marker Wadden

Marker Wadden (again)

Marker Wadden and the nature there gave such an inspiration I had to make more sketches. And sketching sand is something I haven’t done before so

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Tales from the Caribbean

Sometimes the bookshop at the museum is more inspiring than the exhibition. The exhibition, I am talking about was well received, so it is probably

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The Kitchen Maid (J. Vermeer)

Yesterday it was revealed that using specific cameras it was possible to look through the superficial layers of ‘Het Melkmeisje’. The picture is made by

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Marker Wadden

Markermeer (Marker Lake) is not a lake but a part of Ijsselmeer (Ijssel Lake).  IJsselmeer however  is not a lake but reclaimed piece of the

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Early bananas 🙂

Cleaning up my mother’s house I discovered this old sketch. I haven’t seen it for decades but once it was there, I immediately remembered it.

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Provence and Lavender

In the past years we made several trips to Provence and the sketches, aquarelles and paintings start to merge into one big holiday. Initially I

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A weekend in Belgium

Our friends have a small and very nice second home in Belgium (Ardennen). It is a different country but just about 3 h away from

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Museo Rally Marbella

The Rally museums is actually a group of 5 museums founded by the banker Harry Recanati. The museum in Marbella is one of them. The

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Early work 😉

It must have been me who made this sketch when I was a teenager. I remember it vaguely and the signature is certainly mine. The

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