Category: General

Short update

The weather is still not good enough for bike trips among Roman graves so I went to Bruges instead. It turned out to be a sunny day with not too much wind and the crowds were manageable, much better than in summer even though schools are closed this week so there are more people about than on other weekdays in winter, I assume. I could have done many things but I set the focus on the quest and thus skipped the Jerusalem church and Brangwyn, both of which are now on a to do list for next time.

I am still sorting through the pictures and I’ve got some painting to do to and finish a book I started reading on the train so pics are for tomorrow or later. Here is just one, of a grumpy angel swinging a censer. For some reason I encountered nothing but grumpy angels today. And man, how many chocolate shops does a town need?


Broken Arrow

This vintage adventure novel must have come from my grandmother. That cover … so wrong… on so many levels….


Trojaans haar

Stomme films uit de jaren 20 blijven toch de max. Bv Helena – over de Trojaanse oorlog – uit 1924. Ik ben er wat mee aan het experimenteren. De film duurt bijna vier uur, dus het is letterlijk een avondvullend programma.

Paris. Ter info, het is een man. Dat haar…
Helena en Paris … die Klimtkledij….
Helena en Paris. Dat overgeacteer…
Hector. Die stekende eyelinerblik
Achilles. Die make-up…

The sword in the stone: The eye of the beholder

Image from The Studio, somewhere around 1900

This is not truly a Wednesday update on a Thursday. Not because it’s Valentine’s day. We don’t do Valentine stuff. The Lord of the Castle has band rehearsal so he’s in his music room while I’m going to lock myself up with the B and other half finished dead people in my work room. An oily orgy so to speak. This afternoon I worked on Ilion and the larp portrait.

I had a busy day yesterday and today. After a number of rather boring administrative tasks I had a quick look around the thrift store. I have a self-imposed random, almost superstitious, rule that if I don’t encounter a picture of the B anywhere in the thrift store, I will end the quest. This time I encountered at least four pictures of him, including one that leads back to the Egidius quest so it looks I’m not finished with my research yet.

I came across three interesting facts about the physical appearance of the B in some rather obscure books which I want to investigate in case I ever come across the actual skeleton (slim chance though).

But now I need to paint. Not sure for how long. I had three different nightmares last night and I’m exhausted.


Another Burgundian buffet

Had a class this morning. Worked on an old temple and some trees.

Saturday was filled with menial and administrative tasks. Worked on existing paintings on Sunday. Painted over some parts of Ilion, I forgot to include two characters and I had to make room for them. Painted a layer on the larp portrait and Anton.

Painted a crown on Louis IX, still to be corrected and enhanced with gemstones and such. Plus some corrections on the face.

Brought the faceless J of C home to add the halo. Oscar wasn’t dry yet so no work done on him. No work done on Animo Inquieto either. Started two small (25×30) paintings. I am keeping one as a surprise for later and the second one is based on an old picture of the Nemrut Dagi. Initial layer :

Worked on the B on Monday afternoon and evening. Running into the same issue with the eyes as with the small version. I think with some simple corrections it could be more or less acceptable. I keep in mind that the eyes of the portrait Rubens painted are also off. Not sure about the skin colour. I thought it would be a good idea to make him more tanned and/or Portuguese as his chroniclers describe him but now it looks like he’s just returned from partying in Ibiza with some good memories to cherish and we all know there is very little chance that the B went clubbing in Ibiza. I’ll leave it alone for a couple days and see wat happens.

Some time was also spent on reclaiming my Burgundian lands on Instagram. Here is the full version of a posted image of a Burgundian banquet, a drawing from a children’s book about the Bold, dating from the 1950ies. It doesn’t say who the artist is.

And a colour drawing/quick sketch of an old drawing of the B when he was 9 years old. The original by an anonymous artist supposedly dates from 1443 and is now in a museum in Arnhem.

Reading: not started on the Loo book yet. I am still reading a biography of Jan Six by Geert Mak, it’s quite entertaining. After that it is back to the B.

Spent some time researching a couple Babylonian dudes. Wondered if the Tower of Babel would be a good cake design.

Watched a couple episodes of various series such as The Arrow and Supernatural.


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