Urban sketching in Japan

This are my sketches from Japan, made in november 2015

Art and creativity is about having fun

Creativity, sketching, painting, doodling… it’s all about having fun, playfulness and pleasure, and not about perfectionism, fear, competition and skills.

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Art Gallery

On this page I show you some of my art, watercolors, big and small ones, as well as some sketchbook images. These are sketches I made on urban sketching trips or simply at home at my drawing table.

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sketchbooks

Urban sketching in Brussels

My cat loves the watercolor water

These are flowers I painted in someone else sketchbook, with a sketchbook exchange.

It is a ‘japanese Moleskine’, which is an accordion folded sketchbook

Flower doodling about a lovely book I read

My drawing table at my 40th birthday

Yes… I’m over 40 years old… 🙂

My furry baby

In the violin workshop of Thomas Meeuwissen

Japan.... I love Japan 🙂

Portraits

Stéphane Hessel

Hugo Claus

Hugo Camps

Anna

Ithaka

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

Watercolor images of Venice

These watercolors I made in Venice

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