After my walkabout through Veere I got back to the parking lot when I saw mill ‘De Koe’ just outside the historical centre. My mind was not fixed on any style but Leo Gestel’s depiction of olive groves at Mallorca weakly lingered at the back of my head.
These unusual times cause people to search for new ways to keep their minds busy. Some told me they binge watch or take virtual tours online, others turn to books still waiting for them. As an artist I just turn to what I do best for all these years: drawing and painting.
A unique situation: everybody all around the world at home and as to me: I got nothing to do except for painting and sketching but hey that is what we artists do all the time.
Since Corona has brought a new reality and forces so many countries to lock down, there is nothing much left for me but to teach some of the students that have the guts to show up and in the evenings I spend my time drawing and painting. But hey, the life of an artist always looks that way.
The Corona virus roams around Planet Earth and holds everyone tightly in its grip. Everybody stays put and I almost feel suffering from a locked-in syndrom, with no particular place to go and the only expression I can make is through the tip of my pencil and teaching the students that will come.
This drawing came into existence very intuitively. I concluded some major projects and I always have a drawing in progress, drawing waiting for my students in Voorburg.
And so it came to be, that I was attending to a wine tasting, organized by Jan-Wieger Eikema of the Bourgognespecialist (Burgundy specialist).
My painting ‘The Restoration of Bettie Page’ heads for its final stage of completion. It just feels right to announce the birth of this painting by someone special and who else could do that better than High Priestess herself: Julia Filament?
A second prestudy for a commissioned piece, combining
symbolic shapes with my personal roundism style.
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