When it feels like an image like this one is forced upon me, I think I am a lucky bastard.
I painted Johan de Witt as kind of a tribute: in several aspects he was to the Netherlands what Winston Churchill was for Great Britain. For both of them the royals were a real pain in the ass…And I feel related to him. Not the most but neither the least by the fact we probably… Continue reading 1672: Johan de Witt and his brother murdered
Remarkable, funny almost, to what extent my text about Donald Trump resembles the one about Winston Churchill.Churchill occupies such a prominent place on this site that his ‘portrait’ is even used here as a symbol of our civilisation and our history. Trump occupies a similar place as a symbol of resistance to the undermining of… Continue reading Why Donald Trump
In many respects I am very, very different from him, but there are some similarities too. The least of those is that he painted too (On his 89 impressionist paintings bij the way very few people are depicted). He definitely was kind of a loner and he called himself sentimental. I like to see myself… Continue reading Why Winston Churchill?
I did not expect this so soon, but unfortunately YouTube already censors my canal. Yes, we are in an uphill battle.
A crucial aspect of painting of course is observing. A special aspect of starting to paint, especially at an advanced age, is a change in appreciation in almost everything. The leaves of a banana plant (it is not a tree!) decay after a remarkably short time. Earlier in my life I would never have noticed… Continue reading Decay & Painting