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Greek fish drawing

Another page from my sketchbook. Although I don’t know about the ‘sketching’ verb. That word seems to presuppose you do a first rough rendering as a sketch and then you do the real painting later in your studio, right?

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Jumping after the fish drawing

From my sketchbook. I have one of these nice classical sketchbooks with the rigid black covers and the sturdy ring binder.

I was teaching in Athens and I wanted to do something artistic in our apartment. I had brought my watercolor box. I don’t find that very easy, watercolors.

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This picture is too…

I read an e-book about painting and critiquing paintings. Written by Nancy Reyner. She says you can improve your painting by asking yourself: “This painting is too…” Good suggestion!

Here is a painting I am working on. It is definitely too… something…

Is it too dull?

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Great Iphone pictures tutorial


I was always disappointed with the pictures my Iphone 8 was taking. I often thought: “Hey this is an expensive phone that even professional photographers use. Why is it taking these sort of vague pictures?”

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Dike temple process

What have I been working on? About half a year ago I started a cooperation with Dutch architect and eco-agro-water visionary Wim Kol. We are basically producing works on 90 x 90 cm. canvases now, using a variety of techniques.

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HOMEHAUS series

Here you see one picture of the HOMEHAUS series in black-and-white print. The actual series will be in color.

What is this series? One day I was on a bike trip in Eastern Europe, I think it was Czechia. I saw an old, rusted car in a grass field. Lots of rubbish around it. And in my mind’s eye I saw an abstracted image of that car with the word HOME underneath it. Don’t ask me why. It was coming straight from my unconscious mind. HOME, I saw it very clearly. In a font like Futura or Montserrat.

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Hotel sketch

I was away on a holiday weekend with my wife Anneke. After bicycling all day, we were in our hotel room and Anneke was watching TV.

I decided that I would make one drawing every day. That evening I made three.

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