Quick update

Just a quick update.


Took the Bold and the rest of the WIP to another location with less distractions and better light. Currently working on (apart from the art school assignments):

Two small studies of hands with reflecting objects
Small study of a suit of armour (trying to figure out which parts go where)
A small painting of Louis IX,
Antoine with the arrow (through his head)
Cristo sin rostro
The battle of Ilion (working title):   miniature/Bosch.Breugel style painting on canvas for a change. Made some quick studies just to get the hang of it and test out colour schemes. The figures are slightly adapted woodcuts from an old book. See below for the sketches.
The study of Charles is done but I haven’t done anything about the panel yet.


The Rebis quest: still progressing well, suprisingly.


Other things:

Bought another sword, this time it’s a decorative sabre from the thrift store auction site. It doesn’t have a name yet.

Remodified an old velvet jacket from a major chain store because the sleeves were too short. Work done quite a long time ago: other buttons and sleeves slit open to insert some purple satin with a pattern. Work done now: added some fur on the sleeves.  It was supposed to look Italian but it’s more Burgundian in hindsight, especially the colours.

Fancy belt with fake precious stones: thrift store. Necklace with bird’s foot that can be put over one’s finger: Prague (it was a gift – don’t have one of those ridiculously garish gold chains unfortunately). Decorative dagger from a weapon/tourist shop in Carcassonne. The sabre goes well with it too as it came with a scabbard covered with purple velvet.  I am not sure if Burgundian Goth is a subgenre of medieval goth. If not, then it is now.


Back to Ilion: I’m having a go at a painting with many small characters, sort of Bosch/Breugel/miniature type. I have made some preliminary large scale sketches, just to have drawn them at least once and for testing colours. I took these pictures quite late in the evening so colours are off.

The canvas (40×40 I think)

Separate studies of the scenes:

This escalated quickly:

O yes, I’ve also been studying medieval saddles, they look strange.

That’s it for now.


Day 6: Puycelsi – Zooming in

Last post of the series. This time about the fortified village of Puycelsi. We approached it on a hot day around noon and the streets were not very crowded.

We left the car in a car park at the bottom of the hill and climbed the dusty road towards the village. Must have been fun doing this in full plate armour under the scorching sun.

Through the gate we stormed the village.

Not much chance of raping and pillaging so far.

Where are the hobbits? Where is the loot?

Narrow passageway

Ooh, kitty kitty but the kitty was not pleased.

In one of the houses a choir was rehearsing for the upcoming festival so part of our tour was accompanied by classical music. Bit like in those occult demon summoning horror movies.

Chapelle Saint Jacques, once belonging to the Templars. 

Horses resting near a bar. The knights got off for a pee and an ale, I guess.

This at first sight seemingly normal quiet village housed some oddities.

Obligatory church visit while holidaying:

Colourful interior of the St Corneille church

The angel above the altar urgently needs to see a chiropractor

This painting of the crucifixion in the church is by local artist Armand Thuiller (I deducted this from the signature).  Bit odd, though. John the Baptist can’t have been present at the crucifixion (already beheaded). Did some browsing earlier today to find out more about it and it seems this is a copy of a painting by Grünewald. 

Panoramic views of a presently idyllic countryside. No crusaders in sight. On the left you can see the St. Roch chapel. There is an altar inside, some statues and the tourist office with wifi. Strange place for a tourist office. 

Outside there was a box with books offered by the local bookshop (Le temps de lire, they don’t seem to have a website, but they do have a lot of books in the shop). Plenty of mystery/conspiracy J’ai Lu paperbacks.

Two de Sèdes added to the collection

Nice picturesque view of a small alley. But wait, what’s that behind the window on the upper floor?

Oh, never mind. It’s just a skeleton.

We continued on our tour.

Another pretty house, with a closed gate and sign that says ‘Do not enter’.

Zooming in on the door:

And all the while the choir kept on chanting…


The end.



Numeri – Track list



Er is alweer een jaar voorbij. De site moet opnieuw in orde gezet worden. Veel werk dus. Ondertussen is hier al een ongefilterde, niet gesnoeide longlist van de “soundtrack” voor Numeri (sommige nummers zijn een beetje tongue-in-cheek).

Ze staan gegroepeerd per – ruw benoemd – genre.


Samael – Night Ride

Amorphis – House of Sleep

Rotting Chist – 666

Moonspell – Dreamless


SPK – In Flagrante Delicto

Arcana – Wings of Gabriel

Coph Nia – Credo V

Irene Papas – Asma Asmatoon

SPK – Invocation (Canto to the departed)

Sephiroth – Now Night Her Course Began

Arcana – The Calm Before The Storm

The Swans – Lunacy

Nox Arcana – Blood of the Dragon

Ordo Equilibrio – In Nomine Dei Nostri

Coph Nia – In a Lonely Place

Nox Arcana – The Rose of Winter

Ronan Quays – Malady, Sweet Company

Megaptera – Don’t desecrate the dead

Elijha’s Mantle – Misere de Profundis


La Rosa Enflorese – Morena me yaman

Angels of Venice – The Sins of Salome

Trobar de Morte – In the Garden of Serenity

Montserrat La Figuera – Yo Soy la Locura

L’Ham de Foc – Angels de Menta

Llibre Vermell de Montserrat – Mariam, Matrem Virginem

Al Andaluz Project – La Galana y el Mar

Heather Dale – Mordred’s Lullaby

Angels of Venice – Queen of the Sun

Trobar de Morte – Cuncti Simus Concanentes

Estampie – Ahi, Amors


Sisters of Mercy – Driven Like the Snow

G.O.D. – Der Herr der Finsternis

Eden – Why?

Snake Dance – Fall From Grace

Ikon – The Garden of the Lost

Pretentious Moi – Faith and Reason Part Company

Santa Hates You – Pack your bags, honey, we’re going to hell!

Frank The Baptist – Letters to Earth

Element – Red Meat and Beauty Queens

Art of Erebus – Brotherhood of Sleep

The New Creatures – Faith:  Dit nummer is eigenlijk het themanummer, maar is helaas nergens volledig op het internet te vinden. Het nummer staat op de ondergewaardeerde CD “Cunning, Baffling, Powerful!’ en op enkele gothic samplers.

Play Dead – This Side of Heaven

Salvation – Shattered Sky

The Merry Thoughts – Low Violet

Abney Park – She Last Exile


VAST – Touched

Beloved Enemy – Drowning

Lilly Wood & The Prick – Prayer in C

Led Zeppelin – If I were a carpenter

Madrugada – Look Away, Lucifer

Kiss The Anus of a Black Cat – You Will Reap A Whirlwind

O.W.L. – Upon the wings of Gabriel