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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.

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

Forward to the past

Hospices de Beaune – Picture from the family archives, AD many, many years ago. They were founded by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor to Philip the Good.  The hospices, not our archives, lol.

As you can see I have done a rollback of the site, up till July. I am trying to keep this site as clean as possible and it was getting very cluttered . I have gathered so much information now that I am going to reorganise it in a more structured way as pages,  under Documents & Background, including the relevant pictures. It will be password protected (password available upon request).

As for the art, we’ll see how and where it goes.



A trail of zombies

The sun. At last. No zombies in this forest.

Oei. Ik heb in weken niets meer gepost. Als er niets te vertellen valt, zwijg je beter. Dat is toch wat ik vaak denk.

Heel veel opgeruimd in het ouderlijk huis. Ook heel veel geschetst in mijn schetsboek maar het is niet de moeite waard om te tonen. Op de academie heb ik de Hals afgewerkt en nu ben ik bezig aan een opgelegd werk waarin ik enorm stink, architectuur en perspectief. Ik ben een vervallen gebouw aan het schilderen en ik wist niet hoe ik er aan moest beginnen en nu weet ik niet hoe ik het moet afwerken. Afgelopen weekend waren we in de Ardennen, het jaarlijkse uitje met vrienden en kennissen (zie boven). Nog nooit zo veel dode Jezussen in een dorp bij elkaar gezien.  En die van het kerkhof waren nog geeneens meegerekend.

Jezus, de originele zombie, nietwaar? Opgestaan uit de dood, zet zijn adepten aan tot het eten van zijn vlees en het drinken van zijn bloed. Mmmm nom nom nom nom, zou onze kat zeggen.

Dus, bij geprek aan professioneel ogend materiaal van mezelf enkele amusante antieke foto’s uit het familiarchief.


Dit is onze gang maar dit is niet onze hond.

Deze boze kat lijkt wat op de onze.

Yin en Yang. Expo 58, Brussel.



WIP Oktober week 2

Visited another local exhibition yesterday. No photographs this time, however.

Trying to come up with a list of legendary heroes  and mythological figures (excluding characters from modern fiction such as those appearing in Marvel and Hunger Games films) that had something to do with bow and arrows: Antoine, Saint Sebastian, Artemis/Diana, Apollo, Achilles, Cupid, Wilhelm Tell, the white horseman of the Apocalyps, Theresa of Avila. Samael uses a poisoned sword and is not part of this particular fight club.

Second full week of Inktober is almost finished. Here are the seven sketches, hastily and sloppily done with Staedtler pigment liners and Conté coloured pencils:


Sunday: Oedipus and sphinx after a study by Moreau that I hadn’t seen before until yesterday.

And some other stuff, ao: angel with cup of death after Dulac

PIP (paintings in progress): last stages of Orestes after Moreau. Just one more round and then he’ll be stored in the closet for a while:


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