March 22, 2013

Inspiration

   …. once more   ‘The more diverse the life of the mind, the better the chances are that your inspiration will be protected’ writes Rainer Maria Rilke to Elisabeth Ephrussi in The Hare with the Amber Eyes. I think Read more

 
March 16, 2013

Old iron

Ancient metallurgy   I’m plunged in the early days of iron production about which lots of research have been done over the past twenty years. Iron is generally not the most admired of metals and when I called a Dutch Read more

 
March 1, 2013

Science and poetry

Firefall The colour red, in stark contrast with last week’s grey-and-whites, has unexpectedly led me this week to an inspiring series of lectures by scientist Richard Feynman. It began with pictures of what looked like a flow of lava but Read more

 
February 23, 2013

Stills

Still poems In a wintery mood accentuated by the whitish light outside that may announce some snow to come, I am struck by a book review about the Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto and his studies in black and white. The four Read more

 
February 7, 2013

Patterns

Gongadi Source   A few days ago an Indian friend attended me on an exhibition of rural weavings I had never heard about. Gongadi are blankets or heavy shawls woven with wool from the mainly black nalla-gorre sheep of the Read more

 
January 18, 2013

Doodles

The quality of a line   What is the difference between a line – and certainly characters – drawn by hand and in print? How come that in the first case there is an unmistakable warmth which is hard to Read more

 
January 10, 2013

green

Green, an assignment   On my daily walk in a more than familiar park I sometimes give myself a challenge: if I had to make a little book about this walk, what would I bring back? Previously I have gathered Read more

 
January 4, 2013

Style

Finding one’s own style   Looking through my library these days I found a book of drawing exercises done at art school under guidance of my favourite teacher. Her lessons would apply to any creative endeavour, I think, because she taught Read more

 
December 28, 2012

Imagination and play

Little monsters  The theme of imagination and play has not left me in the past weeks, as illustrated by hospital drawings, among others, which seem to have worried some of my friends recently. Sitting with the family around a Christmas Read more

 
December 14, 2012

A drawing

Nick Wadley   An entry in the ‘books’ supplement of our daily newspaper shows an amazing sketch of a person drawing in bed in what must be a most uncomfortable position. The lines are simple, the scene is gripping, it could Read more