Saturday, November 17, 2018


This used to be such an important day. The arrival of 'Sinterklaas'. Saint Nicolas, the friend of all children (except for those countries where he is replaced by Santa Claus that is) arrives by steamer from Spain. As is told...
These last few years the event of Sinterklaas arriving in Holland has become the major issue of a discussion about racism.
Black Pete, Cheese Pete, no Pete at all; it doesn't seem to matter any more. Nowadays we can hear Christmas Carols from the day good old Sinterklaas arrives. Well done folks. Put away your red tabard Sinterklaas. There's no place for you in our modern society any more...
[Daily Abstraction 218111701. Painting available].

Friday, November 16, 2018

Positive vibe

As usual I made this abstraction without a plan. Just started to make a background by grabbing the first bottle of paint I could get my hands on. By accident a few thick pieces of old paint dropped upon the canvas, giving the artwork an additional dimension. And suddenly I felt I was getting into a vibe. One thing led to another; in no time this piece was finished. And boy did it make me feel good!
[Daily Abstraction 218111601. Painting available].

Thursday, November 15, 2018


Squeaky wheels get all the grease; big disasters get all attention in the news...
Early November, almost unnoticed by news shows, the beautiful forests of the Italian Dolomites have been struck by a hurricane, leaving trees behind like fallen matchsticks.
Dutch news programme RTL Nieuws showed a video last night in which inhabitants say it will take about a hundred years before the forest will be restored.
[Daily Abstraction 218111501. Painting available].

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The first

This is the first attempt to honor all those who feel different and feel different enough not to brag about being the first little green man, woman, or anything in between... to be nominated or even elected as, well, you name it.
I got it. You want to be different. You want to stand out. I wouldn't care that much if I were you; but hey, here it is, your first medal proving you were, and always will be, the first to blow up your mind.
[Daily Abstraction 218111401. Painting available].

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Can't see the stars at night, because the citylights are blocking my view. There's no darkness. There's always light in the city.
But late at night, when I'm walking the dog, I walk underneath the trees. Every now and then I stand still (if the dog lets me...) and I look through the tree tops, where only starlight seems to be shining through.
[Daily Abstraction 218111301. Painting available].

Monday, November 12, 2018


While the world commemorates the end of WWI; and despite all those great political leaders who stated 'No more!' after all those tragic wars that followed after WWI, wars still linger on.
I guess instead of commemorating the end of war; all those politicians who gathered in Paris yesterday, were commemorating humanity's incompetence to live together in harmony. A tribute to the lack of civilization.
[Daily Abstraction 218111201. Painting available].

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018


Bring back that sunny day...
Despite the sadness, it's such a great song. Stormy, sung by Greg Walker. From the album 'Inner Secrets' by Santana.
Yep, Santana. Be prepared for some great guitar solos!
[Daily Abstraction 218111001. Painting available].

Friday, November 9, 2018

On track

Despite all diversions, I'm on track. Steady working on the things I need to get done. Although 'need' is, once again, an abstraction. As my need is not a necessity; not a 'must need', but a 'want to'.
Things you don't have to do but yet want to do, are probably the best things in life. Especially when you're granted time to do so. Yeahh!!
[Daily Abstraction 218110901. Painting available]. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018


In the turmoil of daily life, we need to focus; need to concentrate to accomplish the goals we want to achieve.
Your goal, your destination in life, is a non existing abstraction you have made up yourself.
Nobody asked you to do the things you do.
Nobody asked you to determine a goal.
Life is just a diversion.
Go for it!
[Daily Abstraction 218110801. Painting available].

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Balance of power

Interesting how the top of politics can change so rapidly. A new president in Brazil; Merkel's announcement to leave the German politics and who knows what the midterms will do in the US. Every change will need some time to reestablish the balance of power.
But there's no need to be afraid of things to come.  Nothing lasts forever. Not even politicians.
[Daily Abstraction 218110701. Painting available].

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


It is said that the euphoria of success will fuel your desire to continue training. I can tell, any itsy bitsy tiny piece of euphoria makes you feel great and willing to pursue whatever you're doing. Today I found a solution to a storyline in a new thriller I am writing. I've been struggling with this storyline for several days when all of a sudden I realized the answer was already there. Glad I'm not the detective in this thriller; missing out clues...
[Daily Abstraction 218110601. Painting available].

Monday, November 5, 2018


Volcanoes may be sleeping. They can become active. And all we see is the surface. Until the shell bursts and the inner parts are spitted out.

I feel like a volcano right now. Filled with ideas; new stories waiting to be written. Guess I'll be spitting them out at random. Because what's inside eventually must come out.
[Daily Abstraction 218110501. Painting available].

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Day by day

Slowly working my way up to the end of this first year of daily paintings. Doesn't seem to be much of an effort, but still... it had to be done on a day by day basis (or, as in my case, creating several artworks in advance).
Now that I'm almost there. The number of works becomes impressive. As in writing, creating something almost automatically leads to new ideas. Keeping the process alive...
[Daily Abstraction 218110401. Painting available].

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Anarchy rules

I like graffiti. Sometimes. Although most tags are not that spectacular; some street artists create small masterpieces. Or big ones, as size doesn't always matter.
Lately I saw a text  upon a wall. A simple phrase saying: "Anarchy rules".
This, of course, doesn't make any sense. If anyone is expected to reject rules it's an anarchist.
[Daily Abstraction 218110301. Painting available].

Friday, November 2, 2018


The government of Palau has signed a law that restricts the sale and use of sunscreen and skincare products that contain a list of ten different chemicals.
It´s a fact; the biggest threat to coral reefs is climate change; the second biggest threat is  posed by algal blooms (triggered by the runoff of nutrients from sewage and farming). Sunscreen is now seen as one of a number of other, lesser threats including ocean acidification.
[Daily Abstraction 218110201. Painting available].

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Fairytales and rollercoasters

Fairytales and rollercoasters. Been to the themepark 'De Efteling', pleasure for young and old. Famous fairytales and exciting rollercoasters!
[Daily Abstraction 218110101. Painting available].