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Loire I – Blois

Back from our holiday in the Loire area, France. I’ve started painting again but nothing finished to show yet, so here is something else instead.

We stayed near Blois, close to the Loire and the castles. Not exactly Burgundy, rather the opposite. Here are some snaps, small selection.

Niet bepaald Bourgondië, de Loire. In feite vijandelijk gebied, want hier is het waar Louis XI verbleef en waar Jeanne d’Arc rondtrok, Jeanne d’Arc die door de Bourgondiërs zou worden gevangen genomen en door Filips de Goede ondervraagd. De meeste kastelen die we bezochten ademen vooral de Renaissance uit maar er zijn nog sporen van de echte middeleeuwen. Het was een beetje bizar om op dezelfde plekken rond te lopen als diegenen over die ik de afgelopen maanden onderzoek heb gedaan. Nog een opmerking: het meubilair dat je in de kamers ziet zijn in veel gevallen replica’s uit later tijden. Het was op sommige momenten ook een beetje een raar allegaartje. Hier wat willekeurige kiekjes.

1. De stad

2. Het kasteel

3. Het Lapidarium (monumentale decoratieve elementen die vervangen/gerecupereerd werden)

4. De zalen

5. Kunst

WIP – Quick update

Quick update of WIP, in between other things. I have been working on my “mood book” because I have to figure out what I’ll be painting during my final two painting class years. Not so easy, tbh, because I know what is expected from me and I’m always meandering. I don’t want to do the same thing over and over again. Anyway, what follows are basically sketches and doodles and a half-finished painting. The coming days I want to concentrate on the Bold quest and decluttering/cleaning the house.

Oil painting on paper, with a print, so it has a negative or mirror image.
Matchbox knight.
Just a doodle I made while I was watching an art documentary
Unfinished oil paint sketch on paper. Louis XI, technically my reenactment boss. I might do a regular oil painting on panel. Unfortunately only very bad portrait paintings of Louis exist.
Oil paint on paper doodle of Vanni Marcoux, here not in his role of Charles the Bold but Hamlet
Started a painting of Sebastian but I want to experiment with more abstract/geometric backgrounds.

That’s all for now.

For whom the bells toll

Just an overview of June and the beginning of July. It is about a month ago that I last posted something so a few things have happened since then.

2019 is six months old. The Charles the B quest and artwork have been on the back burner for a while because there was a lot of stuff that had to be done for art school (end of year activities such as the open days, plein air painting etc.), real life (clearing out houses, taxes, etc) and extracurricular activities (reenactment). I have been updating IG with about a picture a day but I haven’t updated the pages of this site yet.

1. Open days

There were many adult students and children graduating from the academy this year. Their exhibition took place in a local museum that has been temporarily emptied for renovation works later on. I didn’t take any photographs of the exhibition, though. It was very hot and crowded during the opening weekend so I didn’t bother.

The open days of the other students took place in their own ateliers. I was there for demo painting on Friday night but didn’t achieve a lot (apart from chatting with friends, Romans and countrymen :/).

The painting atelier. It’s usually not so tidy during the year, but full of pupils, easels and workbenches, etc.

On the hottest day of the year so far we had our yearly “Place du Tertre” event where students (volunteers) sit down at their easels and draw or paint people (volunteers and models) in public. Here is a view from my easel on the square where the museum of the exhibition is located. For privacy reasons no pictures of my drawings or the general public.

The building is the old prison. It looks medieval but it’s not that old. It’s a small museum now.

2. Random things

Too hot to hike but there was a guided tour of the church belfry of the Roman + many other ages church a week ago. It doesn’t happen often and it’s something I wanted to do for quite some time.

The church with the bell tower on the left. You enter the tower via a small door at the bottom.
The first floor can be reached via a narrow spiral staircase.
From one of the windows of the tower one can see the gothic church. Building ended in around 1470 but it was never actually finished as it was intended to be at least 2,3 times as large.
The carillon at the top under the vaulted ceiling. Originally it dates from the first quarter of the 18th century. It can be played automatically or manually.
Counterweight of a clock, one floor down in a side room.
The thing that intrigued me the most was the dark room beneath the counterweights. The floor is sand/dust and what you see is a wooden walkway. It was not accessible.
Interior. I took this during a previous visit.

3. Reenactment

Spent the weekend at Hélécine, at the medieval weekend. My grandparents used to live in a neighbouring village, just a couple miles away, so I know the domain quite well. I didn’t camp there, however. Some pictures made with my phone in a rush, so not great quality.

Castle of Hélécine, not medieval.
Tents (not our group)
More tents
Dudes in armour. Red cross so guess Burgundians
Soupçon de bataille
Battle, removed the visitors as much as I could, hence the strange framing

4. The quest

Not much done. Reading the Hermit book about Charles the Bold, the memoirs of Filips van Komen.

WIP – one more digital

Digital doodle, loosely based on the copy of the 1474 Dijon painting of the Bold, in which he looks rather scruffy.

Work done

Work done and put away for now. Will probably tweak later on.

Battle of Ilion

Antoine with the arrow (through his head)


Overpainted failed painting (small format).

The Bold riding a Boar

This was for a bet, so not going to spend too much time on it.


Overpainted an old still life of my grandmother with a scene from a documentary about Guido Gezelle. The documentary was filmed at my grandparents’ house.

Nemrut Dagi

Small format. Nemrut Dagi is an old burial place in Greek style somewhere on a mountain in Turkey.

Working on: a small portrait of our cat, Oscar, Monthléry, Eric incapacitated, a small study of Apollo flaying Marsyas by Ribera.

I bought a painting at the thrift store with the intention to paint over it but I probably will keep it the way it is. It looks like a naive Breugel. It is about 50 x 40 cm.

In a couple weeks we have our end of year exhibition. I will post some samples of my paintings around that time. I’m entering my 4th year, so play time is over and I’ll have to raise my standards. I will have to choose a general theme for next year but I already know what I am going to paint.

My back is slowly killing me.


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