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Moose Art on Rescue Junction album

Moose Art on Rescue Junction album

About a year ago I got a request from the Canadian bluegrass band ‘Rescue Junction’ to paint a moose for the cover of their upcoming album. Of course I wanted to give it a try and the result, a moose portrait with hughe antlers, is now one of the most popular images in my shop.
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Drawing Stitch in Disney Paris

Drawing Stitch in Disney Paris

This summer my aunt took me and my daughter to Disneyland Paris. It ‘s sort of a tradition, because my aunt took me there when I was just a few years older than my daughter is now. We took the Thalys (train) from Rotterdam to Paris and stayed a few hours in the city centre.
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Frederick Franck’s Eye in Love

Frederick Franck’s Eye in Love

With Valentine’s day around the corner seems to be the perfect moment to fall in love again. Like Frederick Franck fell in love with everything he saw, I just fell in love with a book of him called ‘Seeing Venice – An Eye in Love’. This beautifully illustrated book shows Venice in a way I
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Drawing Vermeer

Drawing Vermeer

In December I visited the ‘Mauritshuis’ – Museum with old Dutch masters and took my sketchbook with me. I came across one of the most famous paintings ever: “Girl with a Pearl Earring. Now the latest news is: she isn’t wearing a pearl, they weren’t available those days. My conclusion after a concentrated look: it
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Mirko Hanak’s animals

Mirko Hanak’s animals

  Just a while ago I received a Facebook message with some beautiful illustrations. I was asked if I knew the artist, because of the resemblance with my work. I had never heard of the Czech artist Mirko Hanak before. After a bit of research on the Internet I found that sadly he passed away
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Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered by Quentin Blake and John Cassidy

Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered by Quentin Blake and John Cassidy

It was because of the resemblance with my own zen drawingbook  (white, square and one color accent), that I took Quentin Blake & John Cassidy’s ‘Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered (published by Klutz) from a bookshelf in a nearby store. I have been a fan of Quentin Blake’s work since the first time I saw
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Simenon’s Paris

Simenon’s Paris

In the beginning of this year I was surprised to receive the book  ‘Simenon’s Paris’ through my letterbox. A very special book by Frederick Franck and the famous writer George Simenon, dating from 1969. It’s a big, slightly yellowed book with a drawing made by Franck on the cover. I had never heard of the
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Father and…

Father and…

Last weekend, I drew at Scheveningen beach. There was no wind, and the sea was calm. While drawing, a father and son appeared. I only drew the son.     Than my uncle told me, the drawing reminded him of the film ‘Father and daughter’ by Michael Dudok de Wit. I had never really seen
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Trevor Ledford about drawing meditation

Trevor Ledford about drawing meditation

  Last week I found the blog and drawings of Trevor Ledford on the Internet. Trevor wrote me about himself and his drawings. I’m happy to share his story and experiences here with you. “Several years ago, while I was still in art school, I was taking lots of drawing classes. Over time I noticed
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The Zen drawing story of Holger Wendt

The Zen drawing story of Holger Wendt

    Holger was already into meditative drawing when he was a teenager in the 70’s. It was in 1983 when he read the book “The zen of seeing, seeing/drawing as meditation” by Frederick Franck that he realized he was already ‘Zen drawing’. The work of Franck opened Holger’s eyes to a different purpose of
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Zen drawing and the work of Betty Edwards

Zen drawing and the work of Betty Edwards

Betty Edwards taught the world how to draw. It’s good to see that her work still gets a lot of attention. If you ask me, her method should be taught to all teenage children, just like mathematics. Likewise, it’s time to spread the word about zen drawing too! This drawingmethod enables you to draw without
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Drawing the work of Saul Leiter

Drawing the work of Saul Leiter

At this moment (januari 2012), the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam is holding an exhibition of the artistic work of Saul Leiter. I had never heard of him before, but friends recommended me to go and have a look. So I visited the museum last saturday for the first time. I took my drawing-book with me
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