Oct 29, 2011

in memoriam: Hugo van Wijk

a remarkable and authentic man has died.

It was a friend from my brother. He was a huge fan of street organ music.
For a long time he went every week to the street organ museum in Haarlem.
One time my brother and I joined him on his trip.
I then made this photo reportage

When we were in a hurry to catch the tram, he said: "don't worry,
if we don't get this one, we'll take the next."
An inspiring attitude...

I dedicated today's face to him.

Oct 27, 2011

say it with flowers

This is the first postcard for a series
for my red cheeks shop, which I am building :-)

Oct 23, 2011

portrait with birds

The third week of the Animals in Art class from the
Dancing Cat Art School.
This weeks assignment:

Animals and You
My challenge this week was to integrate subject and space.

Oct 17, 2011

Animals in Repetition

The second week of the Animals in Art on line class from the
Dancing Cat Art School
This weeks theme:

Animals in Repetition using the Same Animal:
I've made this 'Cool Song'.

Animals in Repetition using Different Animals:
I was inspired by the fairytale from the Grimm Brothers:
The Bremen Town Musician.

I also experimented with monoprints. I found a nice blogpost
about how you can make a monoprint drawing.
With a little help from photoshop I've made these donkey-horses :-)

Oct 13, 2011

inspiration: Christian Duda and Julia Friese

Yesterday I've bought this book: 'Al zijn eendjes' (All his little duckings)
from Christian Duda with illustrations from Julia Friese

I saw this in the bookstore and I immediately fell in love with the illustrations.
They are full with expression and movement. I just LOVE them!
And also other work from Julia. See her website
The story is about a hungry fox who become friends with a little duck.

Oct 8, 2011

marabous, marabous and more marabous....

This week I started with the Animals in Art on line class from the
Dancing Cat Art School
Six weeks of drawing animals :-)

the first assignment: Animals in Observation.
To warm up we've made some blind contour drawings.
(Quick drawings without looking on your paper)

We had to choose an animal to draw from real life
or from photographs you've taken. I chose the marabou.
It's one of my favorite birds, I always visit them
when I go to the ZOO

I have drawn the marabous in many different techniques:
pen and ink, with photoshop, charcoal and eraser, pastels....

And below the marabou in an environment, I began with a marker
and pastel on a cardboard and finished it in photoshop:

After a week of drawing marabous I love these birds even more.
I love their postures. They look a bit like old aunties or old men.
For me they are beautiful, very characteristic!

Oct 2, 2011

a face a day September 2011

Here's an overview of my face-a-day-project from the month September.

Only two month to go, before I reach my goal: 365 faces...

Oct 1, 2011


Today I walked with my dearest brother and friend johbont in Driebergen-Zeist.
We started very early and just when the sun came up we were at Heidestein,
a beautiful heather. We saw a fen with tree reflections.
It really was breathtaking. So beautiful and quiet. It made our day!