Today in Amersfoort, a new group home for people with a mild intellectual disability was inaugurated. I've lately been involved (pro deo) in a number of things in the new home, including the stone-tree and the boulder in the garden. Read here↑ an earlier post about the boulder.
The stone-tree was a special project for me, because it led me to undertake several things that I do not normally do. It's a long story, so let's start at the beginning!
I recently received a request if it was possible to make a boulder with house numbers. Of course that's possible! So I went to a garden materials center and bought a heavy boulder of about a meter wide. It could just fit in the back of my little van, because it weighs over 400 kilos. Having a collision would become a problem at that weight. Had it been any heavier, I would have transported it by truck.
I would carve the house numbers 1-3-5 in it, for a group home for young people with a minor intellectual disability. Therefore, I chose a lively font. The boulder consists of red granite, probably a kind of Multicolour Red. But a boulder is not the same quality as found in the natural stone trade. You always only see if you within no …Read the whole article… →
The House Sign in Udelfanger sandstone for the Blue Tram Street about which I reported on last time is finished. A little summary: the picture was designed and drawn by cartoonist Toon van Driel, after an initiative by the Foundation for House Signs Association Haerlem. It is one of a series of ten different House Signs by ten artists and ten sculptors. …Read the whole article… →
As kids, we used to joke that Moses had the first car, because he went up the mountain in his Duckling (a Dutch play on the word for 'all alone' and a nickname for the Citroën 2CV). But this week the statue of Moses really went by car, and his brother Aaron went along with him. …Read the whole article… →
I'm currently at home because of a rather severe injury (I got a steel truss on and through my arm) and although it's healing very well, it gave me some time to look around on the internet. While updating this website I ended up on my article on Tim's Vermeer’ and as a result I went looking for a Camera Lucida, which I haven't built till now. It turns out that I am not the only one who felt inspired by it: There are now lots of options for experimenting and beginning artists.
It's holiday time, and besides some paint work to my house I also have some more time to follow my interests. It must have to do with that paint job, that I'm totally fascinated by a documentary that I found on the internet. It's about an old discussion: When is something art and when not? Inspired by two books on the use of optics in art, entrepreneur and video expert Tim Jenison decides to initiate his own research into the use of a camera obscura by Johannes Vermeer. …Read the whole article… →
To my great joy the family crest of Duitgenius was polychromed in full glory, which means painted in multiple colours. Rómulo has had quite a bit of work doing all the, guilding, base coats, silver plating and several coats of colour.
Rómulo has begun polychroming of the coat-of-arms. Polychroming is just a fancy word for painting something in multiple colours. In this case the colours are red, green, gold and silver. In terms of heraldry that would be gule, vert or sinople, or and argent. On a large part of the relief the base coat in white can still be seen, grey and yellow. Actually we shouldn't take a look in the kitchen before the cook serves the food, but I trust the reader to understand that a lot of finishing touches will follow.…Read the whole article… →
Rómulo has started with the gilding. The bars of the helmet, the edge and the string of the helmet and the buttons of the heraldic roses are gilded with 23,75 carat double gold. The helmet itself is painted silver. On the photos most places where gold should come are still yellow; that's the base coat for gilding. …Read the whole article… →
The relief with the family crest of Duitgenius today went on a trip to the painter, Rómulo Döderlein de Win. I know Rómulo since 1983, when we both studied theology in Amsterdam. Incidentally we both later entered the restoration business, he as a painter (and portraitist and heraldry painter) and I as a sculptor. This is the first time we're doing a work together, so that's something that gives me extra joy. …Read the whole article… →