Tag: Paintings

WIP – The battle of Ilion

The battle of Ilion WIP. Third painting in the Tibi Soli series.

This is how messy my first layers always look. I am painting over the first layer of something I changed my mind about.

Also I am learning as I go to paint this weirdly disproportioned, somewhat comical 1500ish people and horses.

I am a big fan of Loyset Liédet. Technically, he wasn’t the best illustrator but his drawings are always very dynamic.

This is supposed to be serious but it’s hilarious.

Also by Liédet I believe. Look at those hats. The one on the right looks like a 15th century version of a hipster. And the biggest oddity of all: why is that man in the front wearing two different shoes? And there is even a clock in the background.

Site update: Pictures of the Seven Sacraments

I have uploaded the pictures I took of the Seven Sacraments altarpiece by Rogier van der Weyden on a separate page under the menu (see above or on the right). I have not yet added my personal thoughts and background information.

The page can be found here:

V. Documents & Background > The Dukes of Burgundy > The Seven Sacraments by Rogier van der Weyden

Not my ancestors: Philip the very, very Bad

[I see lots of people are doing posts about their ancestors. I thought it’d be cool to do some posts about people who are not my ancestors.]

Let’s start with Philip the Good for no reason at all.

Philip the Good (FrenchPhilippe le BonDutchFilips de Goede; 31 July 1396 – 15 June 1467) was Duke of Burgundy as Philip III from 1419 until his death. He was a member of a cadet line of the Valois dynasty, to which all the 15th-century kings of France belonged.

Philip was married for a third time to Isabella of Portugal, a daughter of John I of Portugal and Philippa of Lancaster, in Bruges on 7 January 1430.[4] This marriage produced four sons:

  • Anthony (September 30, 1430, Brussels – February 5, 1432, Brussels), Count of Charolais;
  • Josse (April 24, 1432 – aft. May 6, 1432), Count of Charolais;
  • Charles (10 November 1433 – 5 January 1477), Count of Charolais and Philip’s successor as Duke of Burgundy, known as “Charles the Bold” or “Charles the Rash”
  • Philip the very, very Bad (in French: Philippe le tres méchant – Dutch: Filips de hele Stoute) 

Valois were notorious for their madness and their big noses.

Recently discovered portrait by Rogier van der Weyden of Philip the Good with his fourth son, Philip the very, very Bad, about whom very little is known.

[Source: mostly Wikipedia]

Nb: This mashed up self-portrait will probably be my next painting.

Yours eternally,

Maugis the Bewitched


The behind of Bacchus – Engraving after Michelangelo’s sculpture

Just a quick or not so quick post with random ramblings.

Painting/drawing: Yesterday I spent the evening sorting out some paperwork with half an eye and ear directed vs the tv where a football match some extreme bus parking was going on.  In the afternoon I cleared out the remainder of my painting gear. The finished works have been wrapped up so they can be stored in the attic for the time being, apart from one unfinished painting showing the inside of a train. I wasn’t happy with it and I don’t like to waste materials so I’m going to paint over it.  Drew some sketches as well. Last year was a bit of  a lost year but that’s how life goes.

Exhibition visits: The trip to go and see the Caravaggios in Antwerp has been postponed due to a) train strikes b) me being ill.  It will happen during the last week of July, probably.

The quest for the Holy Grail: I haven’t discovered the Grail yet, the latest old thing I figuratively unearthed was  a 4 year old water bottle that had rolled under the passenger seat of my car.  Now, my car is clean and empty apart from the obligatory fluo jackets, medkit and fire extinguisher so I don’t know how that escaped my attention. Furthermore, I haven’t read the Shroud of Turin book. I read Gardner’s book about Mary Magdalen first. I have never read so much rubbish in one book, tbh. There’s three more Gardners I have to wade through plus a whole lot of other digital versions of obscure books and papers about Sumer, RLC and the likes that I downloaded from Gutenberg and co (legally, I hope, you never know). The most promising book on my e-reader atm, however, is a 300 year old book about Mesopotamia. But that is for another post.

Writing: some field work coming up in the near future. For another post.

The art of others:  Roberto Ferri is still showing up in the searches on this site. I have been following him for quite some time now but the better he gets at painting on a technical level, the less I’m impressed with what  exactly he is painting. It’s supposed to be dark and surreal, but his paintings are becoming very contrived, lifeless and boring, with awful school picture backgrounds. The moment he figuratively went down the drain for me was the moment when he presented his own perfume on Instagram. Lol.

Anyway, there was a message on his Instagram announcing  a group exhibition in the Crazy March gallery. I checked the other artists out and most of their work looked quite drab to me, except for this amazing – and heavily influenced by Bosch, I guess- painter. I am not familiar with Italian copyright laws, so here is just the link, instead of pictures:

Alessandro Sicioldr

That’s all for now, folks.



Update 11-06-18

Tussendoor een frisse neus halen in de nabijgelegen velden.

Het DKO-jaar zit er bijna op en we hebben de laatste dagen vooral de klas opgeruimd, al dan niet afgewerkte ‘kunst’werken en gerief mee naar huis gezeuld en nog snel wat dingen afgewerkt.

Dit weekend hebben we opendeurdagen (misschien later meer hierover) dus het atelier moest worden opgeruimd en er moest ook een tentoonstelling van een selectie werken van iedereen klaargezet worden. Toen ik mijn eigen dingen bij elkaar zag was het weer zo’n momentje van ‘mweh, dat kon veel beter’,  ‘grrrrr, stukje vergeten hier aan de linkerzijde’  en ‘heh, ik dacht dat ik meer schilderijen zou hebben.’ Ik heb wel een geldige reden voor het slakken, maar toch…  Allez, volgend jaar beter, zeker?

Deze voorbereidende schets in stift en waterverf  zit er niet bij:

Thuis heb ik alle spullen grondig opgeruimd, nagekeken, gereinigd en gesorteerd. We zijn bijna klaar voor de zomerpauze. We hebben nog een paar keer les met een gelimiteerde set gerei en daarna kan ik op mijn gemak thuis de Cristo afwerken. Ik zat een beetje vast met waar ik naartoe wilde gaan maar er was afgelopen vrijdag een filmvoorstelling in de academie en in het midden ervan kreeg ik plots een idee wat ik ga doen. Ik was nog het liefst meteen naar huis gegaan om het op papier te zetten maar ik heb toch maar eerst de film uitgekeken.

Verder heb ik nog wat al dan niet schele probeersels op papier gezet, mocht ik erg veel zin hebben om een kopie van een Dürer in olieverf te maken.

En nog Azoth verder afwerken uiteraard.

Lezen: nog altijd bezig in de twee biografieën (zie eerder).

Kijken: Arrow (stoer met pijlen) is voorlopig gedaan, helaas. Nu kijken we naar The 100 (lekker dystopisch), Timeless (Legends of Tomorrow zonder superhelden) en nu en dan Blacklist (misdadiger speelt dubbelspel). Ik heb een poging gedaan om nog een aflevering van Lucifer (duivelse jetsetdetective) te bekijken maar mijn ziel is voorlopig nog altijd niet verkocht.


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