Category: Charles the Bold

2020 – 1

First post of the year. It’s strange how much things can change in a couple weeks…

First week of the Christmas holiday was mostly spent removing the last items and rubbish from the house of my parents. Second week was spent on the couch, being ill. Backlash of the rather tiring weeks before and some virus that was going around.

Still busy with the Bold, but I’m swimming around in murky waters and can’t see where I’m heading. Everything is connected but there is a giant Gordian knot in the middle I have to entangle first.

Painted a great many, mostly small scenes on paper the past few weeks. Every now and then I put something on IG, not sure if I should keep doing that. The walls have ears. I should put more stuff on this site, I have more time now. (Until some new issue/task comes up, that is…)

Finished watching The Witcher and Lost in Space, and this weekend when we were away I watched Wolf Hall on my laptop in the evenings while the rest were playing boardgames. A few years ago I got the book as a present but I couldn’t get through it, the style of writing is very confusing. The tv series is quite good, though. The main actor is convincing (though not so fond of the one playing Henry VIII and Claire is also a bit too much over the top) and the costumes and props, and the lighting looked realistic.

Last weekend we were away on the tradition annual in law family gathering, somewhere in the Ardennes. Here are some pics:

Marcourt village
The Ourthe river. The white chapel on the hill is St Thibaud’s chapel.
The chapel’s interior.
According to the info sign, the remains of the watchtower of the old castle lie under this hill. It was destroyed in 1413 by order of Anthony of Burgundy/Brabant, brother of John the Fearless, Charles the Bold’s grandfather. Anthony died a couple years later, in the battle of Agincourt (i.e. the battle that Henry V won).
There are cabins in the woods, and then there are toilets in the woods.
Not going to make the obvious joke again (medieval cars)…

Speaking with birds


Nancy and the Fallen Prince

The picture in this video is a portrait by Titian of Charles Quint, the great grandson of Charles the Bold, btw.

Activities of the past days:

a) Had a bad reaction to the tetanus booster so I was incapacitated for three days. Condition is slowly improving now. Bingewatched tons of Finnish detective series.

b) Spent time on my own detective work. Read some more articles about Charles the Bold. Conclusion: everybody hated him. Some compared him to Lucifer, the fallen angel. The Bold fell too, in the end, quite literally, from his horse, on the battlefield before Nancy in 1477.

c) Threw away a large number of old bad paintings

d) Spent some time going through old parish records. Around 1750, one of my ancestors from around Liège went to get married in a French village somewhere west of Nancy. I’m quite curious about the how and why and how he met his future wife but as I don’t have a time machine, I’ll never know the truth. It’s also interesting that it was close to the Woëvre forest, where Dagobert II was assassinated. But Dagobert, though linked to the quest, is a completely different story.


Update: Soup

Helios and Phaeton by Nicolas Poussin

The day started well. When we were cleaning up the mouldy rubbish in the cellar of my parents, I stepped in a rusty nail and had to go get an update of my tetanus vaccination.

Yesterday I worked on my Brexit and Oscar paintings but I’m not very happy with the result. At this point, I’m not sure if there is any point in creating more useless art. There is too much of it everywhere already. It’s probably more useful to save stray cats and the bees.

Brexit in progress. It has progressed further than this but I have no picture of it.

I painted some more sketches in oil paint on unprepared brown paper, which is not a very good idea and they will not last. Here is a sample of an unfinished one, not very well photographed.

From an old video

Henry is still on my plate. I think it’s not just the images that caught my eye, but also the theatrical, campy, elegant way LO moves. Unfortunaly that is not something one can capture in a drawing or a painting (e.g. 1.27 and after):

From Henry V (1944 version)

I found another classic movie in the local recycling shop.

I have retrieved Charles from storage, because he’s only half done. Not sure if I should continue or start all over again.

Came across more reference images. Here is one of them:

Another portrait of CtB I came across, also in a book presentation. He looks about 8 or 10.

The quest is going well but I have so many leads to follow I don’t know where to start. Also, I have found a remarkable stone but I don’t know what to do with it yet. It doesn’t prevent stepping in rusty nails, unfortunately.

I can still call my quest the quest of the sword because Charles the Bold had a rather fancy magical sword. It originally belonged to his father Philip, and was customised for him and afterwards looted by the Swiss, I suppose. However, I don’t have to look for this sword, it is not hidden. It is in a museum and quite out of my reach.

What I really need to find, though, is his cold, dead, shrivelled heart.


The villainy, the pageantry, the power…

Ha ha ha…

HA HA HA…

Ook een pareltje. Nu nog aan de dvd’s geraken.

Ondertussen ben ik het oor van Karel de Stoute en zijn moeder op diverse schilderijen aan het bestuderen. Er is iets mis mee. Maar wat?


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