I mentioned a big mural at Brouwerij Solaes. But this did not happen yet. There were some problems with the color so next week we'll give it another go. Yes, nothing happens as you expect how things will happen and that is okay.

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The unexpected, when you take it in a small dose at the time, is good for your creative mind and it makes you more flexible. Something that is kind of hard for someone who has to deal with Autism. But I have to deal with it anyway because that is life. Things don't go as you want or like anyway. So let's talk about the things I did do. I felt sick and tired, maybe because of the world we live in, maybe just some bacteria or virus. I don't know, but I feel okay at the moment.

Linocut 4th of May.

I made a linocut for the Dutch Memorial Day at the fourth of may. We remember all the people who died in the Second World War. With the war in Ukraine it seems that it is more important to remember what war means then ever. That is why I made this symbolistic image. Death sits calmly before a window. Outside things are flat and destroyed. But in the hand of Death you find a bullet. This piece is a symbol of that you are not safe for war. Not even when you are warm inside your own home.

Second thing I wanted to talk about is the painting I started. A false and greedy Mary walks through the people. Big larvae/maggots crawl between the people. Weapons and wildmen and above all, the well known chaos. I am not going to explain anything. You need to figure out the story. A painting is only able to exist because of your eyes and how your mind processes the things you see.

A philosophical discussion we can have while drinking coffee at a bar (I'm can't drink alcohol anymore so I'll take coffee or tea.)


new logo 2022



The third thing I made is a new logo design! The old logo was too much of a drawing, I like the old design, but it is better for a t-shirt print design. The new design is more for the bigger audience since I am working on newsletters and other graphic design type of stuff. I am not destroying eyes all the time anymore and I like clean design work. I guess you'll see more of this in the near future but I don't promise anything. I am more proud of my illustrations and paintings at the moment to be honest.

Old logo

So that is a bit of what I have been working on besides some news letters and other graphic design stuff. But that is not for this website at this point. On other news, I am moving all social media type of stuff to this website. So leave a comment if you are interested in more updates or maybe a forum type of thing so the TRVE KVLT people can hang around and talk about music, design and art.

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https://www.streekmuseum.nlThere is not much interesting to publish on my blog going on at the moment. But that is not going to hold me back posting anyway because I did do something.

The prints of Achthuizen came out great. The printing proces didn't go bad at all, I am getting better and better every run of prints. The lines were clean and all details came out perfect. I feel like the woodcuts I make are getting more and more detailed too so that is great for me and for the collectors of my prints.

Woodcut ready to be printed

At the moment the prints are hanging next to my bed to dry. As I have probably mentioned before, it takes quite a long time for the ink to dry. After that I am going to use watercolor to give all of the prints a nice spring inspired color. The small village Achthuizen has a great set of buildings worth visiting when you will be riding your bike this summer. So yes, grab your computer and book your vacation to Flakkee. Visit het Streekmuseum, buy some prints, grab your bike for a nice long ride and visit the places I turned into prints.

As I already said, there is not much to show you at this moment. I made a newsletter for Goed voor Goed did some other editing work and some stuff around the house so that is not worth sharing at the moment. Some photo's of my computer screen or me posing while "working" is a bit too much for me. I am not an influencer who needs to look good and give everyone the idea I am an inspiration and the perfect succes story. Life is boring or hard and not a party all the time. So yeah, the things I do are fun to do for me but boring to see me doing. Most of the stuff happens in my head anyway. Just keep reading this blog please, then you will see the more exciting products I created.

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But for the sake of image sharing, here you can see some drawings I made for a booklet I am working on. Also for het Streekmuseum. This is going to be a cool project with a lot of artwork, the history of a local story from 1910 and the song for it. I think it is going to become a good educational thing for younger people who are interested in the local history and even adults can enjoy this booklet when they visit the museum or one of the performances of the theatre group who preforms the short play of this historical story. I hope this is a nice update for you guys and you like the things I am working on at the moment. Next week it is all about painting a huge mural. Roadburn Festival is happening as we speak, so if you are there, I wish you a magical experience. I'm not there because of COVID-19... I still don't feel comfortable going to an event as big like that. To all the people of there: Stay healthy, stay safe and have a good time! And to all the other readers, hope we'll keep in contact through this website blog thingy. Kind regards,


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There we have it. Something you will read a lot about on this website. The slow proces of making Woodblock Prints. Yesterday I finally finished the two new prints for the little village Achthuizen. It was not a long struggle to finish the woodcut because I am getting quite fast with the cutting proces but there were many things that disturbed the workflow. These were things like beer labels, a newsletter, book cover and some other things I needed to finish first.

The cutting knife

As you can see on the image above I carved my way through the wood in very small details. This piece is the most detailed up to date. I guess that is a goal of mine to be able to make super detailed woodblock prints just like the Japanese woodblock masters do. But not in a Asian way but the blunt "I PRINT WOOD WITH THICK INK..." European style. Why? Because I just pretend to be delicate and focussed.


The finished block

And there you have it. The windmill "Windlust" and the "Maria ten Hemelopneming Kerk" of Achthuizen. Ready to print. So today is going to be a day of preparing the paper and doing some test prints and maybe some graphic design stuff to study.

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