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Piano performance

At the end of the school year the music teacher of my daughter, Fonsa ten Velde, organizes a performance afternoon. All her younger students play for the other students and their family. Fonsa is a wonderful teacher, her youngest student is 7 years old, her oldest 89 (!) years.

This drawing was drawn from life on my iPad with the Paper53 app.


My ferry drawings published with Storehouse app

I downloaded the Storehouse app on my iPad and made in half an hour a presentation of the drawings I made on the ferry in the spring and summer of 2013. It is a very easy to use app, and it gives a very nice result.

Here are some screenshots from my iPad in the Storehouse app.

Here you can see it how it is on Storehouse:
https://www.storehouse.co/stories/u00o-on-the-ferry


Artis Zoo

My 11-year-old daughter has joined the Artis Ateliers, drawing lessons at the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam. Every time she comes home with beautiful drawings. And she is very enthusiastic herself too, about the lessons themselves and the results.

Bird at Artis Zoo, drawn by Barien (11 years)
Steenbok / ibex by Barien


Do you sell your drawings?

Waiting for the ferry, Amsterdam North
Waiting for the ferry
Ferry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
On the ferry

Somebody on Facebook asked me whether I sell my drawings. I haven’t had that question before, and the question resulted in two things. I printed the digital drawings I made on my iPad with the Paper53 app at a photoshop close to my home. I made prints and I was surprised at the high quality result.

I also opened an ‘online’ shop at Society6. Society6 makes my drawings available for sale. They print it, package it, and ship it. So if you want to buy a print of my digital drawings you can go to my Society6 shop. Through this link you will get free shipping till April 14th 2013.


Do you mind me watching you while you draw?

Ferry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Passenger on the ferry: “Do you mind me watching you while you draw?”
Me: “No, I don’t. I don’t have time to talk to you though, it’s only a short time till the boat arrives at the other side.”

Passenger (seeing the ‘rewind / undo’ function on my iPad in the paper53 app): “Ssss, that’s incredible.”

Passenger: “You should draw the hair…yes, that’s better now.”

Passenger: “wow, you are really talented.”


Is it allowed to trace?

Since I started to draw I noticed I have a lot of unwritten rules about drawing. For example: drawing from a photograph is not so good, tracing a drawing is unacceptable. I let go of the first rule rather quickly, when I joined Julia Kay’s Portrait Party I started to draw from photographs and I had a lot of fun. The last part of the rule is harder to break.

A few weeks ago I saw a beautiful view from the ferry when I crossed the river to the North of Amsterdam, I photographed it with the intention to draw it. Then I imported the photo in the Brushes app and I traced the photo on another layer. I was rather inhibited tracing the photo, I can’t help feeling ashamed about it. I’m not the only who has these strong emotions about tracing. Illustrator J.E. wrote about tracing: “I was born into a social and family environment with a certain artistic pretentiousness about it, and in this context it was considered quite unacceptable to copy or trace an image. Credit was only given to the ability to create interesting and original images using real life as inspiration as little as possible.”

Well…I traced this image and I’m showing this ‘lesser art’ to you anyway.

View from the ferry over the river IJ in Amsterdam

I found in the Flickr group Julia Kay’s Portrait Party an interesting discussion about tracing.


On the ferry.

Ferry Amsterdam Noord, The Netherlands
The next months I have to cross the river to Amsterdam North three days a week. That makes six trips on the ferry, every time a few minutes to draw.


I reached almost hundred.

MM in RazmatazM number 93 out of 100M number 92 out of 100About 14 months ago I set out to draw my partner 100 times. Last summer I lost count, because I worked in two notebooks at the same time. Yesterday I sat down to count the drawings and I found out I did draw 94 portraits of him. These are the last ones.


Phd defense on Roma

Phd defense of Huub van Baar: The European Roma
Last Wednesday I visited the Phd defense of Huub van Baar at the University of Amsterdam. His dissertation is titled The European Roma: Minority Representation, Memory, and the Limits of Transnational Governmentality. I made a documentary film about a Roma (gipsy) family in 1998, so the topic interests me. His dissertation has more affinity with my interest in women’s and cultural studies though, and if I want to know more about the concept ‘governmentality’ his dissertation will probably the thing to read.


Blogging without obligation

Playground and portrait in my journal
I have the ‘blogging without obligation’ logo and the ‘post a week’ logo on this blog. Is this contradictory? Probably. They are both useful for me, though. ‘Blogging without obligation’ is an idea by tiffini elektra x: “After coming across what seemed to be the 4000th or so post on someone’s blog starting with “I’m sorry I haven’t posted in awhile.” I decided it is time to rethink what makes a good blog and the expectations that have come to be part of it. I am thinking that no one should utter those words again . . .and with that thought I give you Blogging Without Obligation.” I really agree with her idea. It is very difficult though to not start to talk about not having blogged.