It was a completely blue party, last Thursday in the Blue Tram Street in New Remittance District in Haarlem. I went there, dressed up in my best moody blues, along with my good colleague Serge van Druten, who had also carved two of the ten stones. There was a tiny but excellent band, some blue trim and blue drinks and balloons. It was very unfortunate that Toon van Driel, who designed the relief of the Blue Tram street as a cartoon, was unable to come because of an illness. I would have like to talk to him. …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… →
Last week I started on a very interesting challenge: the carving of a new gable stone relief. The project deserves some explanation, because it includes a lot more than just this one relief. …Read the whole article… →
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… →