Conquering ‘Africa’ early 16th century?

Painting by Gaspar de Crayer: Charles V conquers ‘Africa’

One of Winston Churchill’s most inspiring quotes is ‘Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft ‘ *).Paintings can aid in the study of history too. At least if you do not just superficially look at the image! De Crayer was a court painter to the governors of what is now… Continue reading Conquering ‘Africa’ early 16th century?

Paintings from ’20, ’21 & ’22

(Not a real) Rembrandt van Rijn, Winston Churchill, Steven Crowder

I am looking forward to my first participation in a major live art exhibition.November 19 and 20 next. In Gorinchem, in the middle of the Netherlands.Close to 200 artists, mostly painters, show their work. My contribution mainly consists of the paintings shown here that I made in 2020, 2021 and 2022 (I started painting in… Continue reading Paintings from ’20, ’21 & ’22

Less politicians, more statesmen

Churchill saved Charles de Gaulle by bringing him to Great Britain just in time.

Short video with some quotes from the marvelous biography of the greatest statesman ever: Winston Churchill, by William Manchester and Paul Reid.Concluding:Nowadays civilization is threatened in a very different way but in my opinion also in an even more worrying and sinister way than 80 years ago.Serious politicians should more frequently ask themselves: What Did… Continue reading Less politicians, more statesmen

No, not canonising WSC

.. only half jokingly ..
The paintings in the background are not related to the contents of this video. These are old paintings: from 2019. The woman is my grandmother who died in 1925 …

This video is about quite a number of different subjects. One of those is the really very peculiar aspect of religious doctrines on “superstitions and false religions”. Links: Last week’s video.The article by George Mitchell.The article by the Sahara Reporters.The article by the British anti-Churchill, anti-Trump professor.

December 26, 1941

Work (on oilpainting) in progress. Those microphones looked really high-tech back then.More so then, than when the great composer, guitarist and performer Zappa used them:

Expressionism? I do want to cry out..

Expressionism?
Hyperlapse & comments

Colourizing old movies: I saw great examples of it before and today I discovered that a fellow Dutchman called Rick is doing a really great job in this field. Here an example of his work: The Attack on Pearl Harbour.This blogpost is about something completely different, yet in a way comparable. I chose this example-link… Continue reading Expressionism? I do want to cry out..

May 10 in The Netherlands and in Great Britain

BBC-text and photo
Praise. Not just for Winston Churchill but for William Manchester too.

I used the (in)famous photo of Chamberlain as featured image. Somewhat amazingly I could find it at the BBC. (Link) This is a good source to start if you know little or nothing about why the name ‘Chamberlain’ to many is almost a synonym for ‘appeasement’.

The somewhat pathetic VP Wallace

Henry Wallace, US VP 1941-1945

Three years ago, before my first oilpainting, I made two or three gouaches. Only this one I completed. Just recently I read a little more about him. A really strange guy, indeed. In 1944 the Democrat establishment dumped him as VP from the ticket with Roosevelt and Truman became VP. Wallace in 1948 tried to… Continue reading The somewhat pathetic VP Wallace