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may 4 and 5

‘Darling, don’t go outside without your daily drops of anti-hate potion!’ ‘Yes, mom!’

In the Netherlands May 4 is the day we remember ‘all those who have died or are murdered in warsituations or during peace operations since the start of the second world war’ (as stated by the may 4-5 committee). They died due to violence, brutal discrimination or in an attempt to stop that.

All the media are overflowing with stories to make us remember. I hope we learn that violence will seldom solve problems whether it is between people or between nations.

But doing nothing, saying nothing is not an option. We have to keep protesting loud and clear when human rights are violated, when people preach hate and when greed takes over.

Today it is may 5 and we celebrate our freedom, because 74 years ago the Germans capitulated to our allies. The Netherlands are covered in our national colors: red, white, blue and orange. Yes even our windmills are dressed in flags.

Yes, let’s celebrate our freedom, but let us also celebrate non-violence and talking to eachother. Loud and clearly please! Again and again!

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happy dog

Why do I draw dogs? Sometimes I wonder about this. I am not really a dog lover (or a dog hater). For a long time I thought that they were just not for me. Like pets in general. I like them sometimes, and I love my cats by the way, but I don’t get that kick out of them that I see that other people have.

Anyway, these last years I met some really nice dogs. Like Tres (with only three legs) In Spain. She was so cute and special that I have a special place for her in my heart. She doesn’t live in Spain anymore, where she was always wandering around on the mountainside. She now has retired and lives a more domestic life here in the Netherlands, because she was getting to weak to live life in the wild. I think she’s happy now.

And then recently our neighbours got Loekie. She is a very playful and communicative dog. I discovered that some weeks ago when we all had a great time having diner with some of our neighbours. When everyone got tired of playing with her, she decided to pick me out as her playmate. And I liked it!

I guess the thing is that I have to spend time with animals, before I can like them. Duhh, how surprising is that? Not at all of course! Like everything in life: the better you pay attention and take your time, the more you experience and sometimes that can be joy in places and with beings you’d never though about before. Like with dogs!

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little lady

This is a very small drawing (ca 10×10 cm). I love to make these to keep my hands busy and my head empty. Just a stack of small papers and all I do is putting lines on them and sometimes figuring out if it really represents something. You could call it therapeutic doodling. Very calming!

By the way: this one I reworked with photoshop, which took a much more time then the original drawing did. So much for efficiency when working with computers.

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a fruitful day

Yesterday I gave myself an assignment: ‘design a pattern using only the computer’. So I learned how to turn a red round shape into an apple, making leafs out of ovals. The image above is the result.
The orange apples I added because today it is Kingsday here in The Netherlands. On Kingsday everything turns orange because of the king’s famous anchestor Willem van Oranje (oranje = orange) who sort of started The Netherlands back in sixteenth century.

Happy Kingsday!

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100.000 ways to live our lives

This morning I sketched the carpet on the upper left side of the image above. Then I thought about trying to figure out many different ways to fill a square. All this was meant to draw a carpet with much more different details than the one I made.

Drawing and filling all the squares made me think that this exercise is actually a metaphore for life. If I can make so many different squares, I can probably imagine as many different ways of living. And that is something worth to remember: there are may ways to live my life and it is up to me to choose how I want it to be. And that, my friend, is called FREEDOM, which we have here more than anywhere in the world. Let’s cherish our freedom.