cartoon life: The beach at the North Sea at Wassenaar

Is it really so unusual for a person the have never seen a tide? I thought, as I sat and watched the waves lick farther and farther up the flat that yes, really, I had never seen a tide before. This was a gentle one. Holidaying children from various parts of Europe played in the ...

cartoon life: At The Kröller Möller

The family has a history no doubt. And if you choose to visit the museum, set aside some travel time, and a good chunk of viewing time. There is a lot to see in this really wonderful collection. Most famously the van Gogh’s, but much much much other stuff you studied in art history, and ...

cartoon life: The old man as a young man

Two museums, two really intense museums in one day. So, no, they didnt hang this cockeyed. Im certain there are people who know how to look at things. And no one really objected to me standing in front of this without earphones and an audio guide. I stepped away politely when someone urgently needed a ...

cartoon life: Apple trees

Van Gogh heritage apple trees from the backyard garden in Sumi ink style. Filed under: art

cartoon life: Impressions of an ecstatic experience

So I left out the little guy doing the reaping, but went away still with a fair impression of the traces of an agitated mind. So, above, my impressions of that impression. Filed under: art

cartoon life: Self portrait with Gaugin.

So a bunch of these guys hung out together. Painted stuff, and drank wine. Bros. Apparently though it was really hard to get Gaugin to sit still long enough for a selfie. So everyone painted a self portrait with Gaugin. Here is Émile Bernard. Filed under: art

cartoon life: Vincent and his brother Vincent

Van Gogh, reasonably enough, pissed at the quality of contemporary photography as a portrait tool, proposes miniature hand painted. portraits. Soon to be a dying art. Filed under: art

cartoon life: The old man himself

Also at the Mauritshuis you can see any number of Rembrandts. Any student of art or history must make this pilgrimage.Now you cant get within two feet of this small piece, so its hard to see the brushwork, which is really what you want to see; how much is merely suggested, not stated. Still, it ...

cartoon life: The girl with the pearl earring 2

I stepped over the little brass bar in the floor. Got a yellow card. Guard followed me from room to room for a bit. Sat on the round couch and drew a few things. There is a remarkable cityscape by Vermeer of some buildings and boats. I poked my nose too close, but it was ...

cartoon life: The girl with the pearl earring 1

We arrived early and still stood at the end of the line. If you whip upstairs fast there are only a few people lingering in front. Filed under: art

cartoon life: Two buildings in Leiden

And not even the nicest part. Filed under: art

cartoon life: Escher visits the volcano.

Yes, a short visit to Het Paleis Escher museum. Of course its a remarkable collection, and my favourites are the landscapes of Italy, wherein he was working out some ideas. So here he is looking monumental overlooking Vesuvius in eruption. Filed under: art

PostArctica: NDG Gothic

Trying some new ideas, let me know what you think. NDG is a neighborhood in Montreal.

cartoon life: A chair I sat in.

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cartoon life: Dog days.

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cartoon life: Stadium

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cartoon life: Decisions, decisions, decisions…

No, its not this gloomy. Just tired. Filed under: art

cartoon life: The promise of a thunderstorm.

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cartoon life: Adrift

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cartoon life: Square up store up for real books.

I used my Square swipe doodad for the first time last year at an event at The Art Gallery for local authors to shill their books. I actually sold a few books. Really pretty swell. Meanwhile, Square has set up online storefronts. Eventually I got around to opening mine. My books are printed in extremely ...

cartoon life: A dark and broken cup

Just an unpleasant interaction. Its over. It passes. We move on. Filed under: art Tagged: comment, life

cartoon life: Eye’m in a hurry

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Scripturient: The strange life of Bobby Fischer

Forty five years ago this month, a momentous event took place in Iceland that shook the world. After 21 games spread over almost two months, the eccentric American chess master, Bobby Fischer, ended 24 years of Soviet dominance in chess after beating Soviet grandmaster, Boris Spassky. It shook the world at the apex of the ...

cartoon life: Paper periodically posts personal profiles

Paper by 53 periodically

cartoon life: What is understood. 

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