Longing back

A couple of months ago Tine and I met with Willem van Ravenstein, author of the book “All Australians Now”. Van Ravenstein migrated from The Netherlands to Western Australia in 1950. In his book he describes the difficulties he experienced when, under the scorching hot Western Australian sun, he changed from a child to a teenager, while at the same time he had to change from one culture to another and from one language to another. I wrote a blog about it. You can read it here.

The dreamt worlds of Nana Derksema

I built a website for my sister, Nana Derksema. She is a gifted artist and makes monotypes, paintings and drawings. I am sure she would love it when you pay a visit to her new online gallery. The site is in Dutch, but just click on some menu items and you will find your way. To make it even easier her is a small Dutch-English dictionary:

Home = home
Nana Derksema = Nana Derksema
Tekeningen = drawings
Schilderijen = paintings
Monotypes = monotypes
Contact = contact

Now please have a look here and maybe leave a nice message via the contact form. Thanks for looking!

About Madvlad

This is a message for everyone who is wondering where Madvlad The Great disappeared to. I wondered too. Therefore I sent an e-mail to his nephew and I got a reassuring answer (I quote:)

_"…Thanks for asking about my wonderful cousin Walt. He is fine, but has moved out of his apartment and now lives in half of a house which is owned by his friend Doug, the potter. I believe Doug lives across the street from Walt.

Since moving, Walt has not been reconnected to the Internet, so his old email address is invalid, which also explains his absence from Red Bubble. In addition, his phone service is not connected as yet, but I can still reach him on his cell phone. I talked to him just a few days ago, and yes, he’s still doing his art; the second love of his life…"_

A leap of faith



As some of you may know Tine Woudenberg, Martin Derksema and Perro will leave for Western Australia on November 11th 2010. The upcoming months will be very busy for us. Therefore it will be impracticable to keep you posted on our well-being and experiences by individual e-mail. That’s why we developed a blog called ‘A leap of faith’. Starting from November 11th we will try to post an illustrated article every day, especially during the first months of our migration. So, click on the link below and bookmark our blog now!

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We agree, not much to see there yet. But you better have it bookmarked already. More content will be published from November 11th 2010.

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MaryO and I have been busy with a project called KEEKABOOK. A KEEKABOOK is not a greeting card but a greeting book. Like a greeting card you can send a KEEKABOOK to friends or relatives on special or memorable occasions. First special occasion available as a KEEKABOOK theme: BIRTH.

BIRTH contains poetry and inspiring thoughts on creation, life and birth. Off course it has a lot of illustrations. A couple of the illustrations you’ll find here:

I invite you to have a look at the special KEEKABOOK website ( You can watch a preview there.

Evert Thielen

I think Evert Thielen (born 1954) is one of the most interesting Dutch painters. His style of painting goes back to the famous 15th century Dutch art of painting. Inspired by the art of previous centuries, Evert Thielen produces realistic work with a symbolic charge. He borrows his practice of providing a panel with a signature and several layers of distemper and oil paint from 15th century art. In terms of content his work reflects our modern society, but the themes he explores are timeless. His website needs some time to load the pictures. So, please be patient, you will be rewarded. Click here for the miraculous world of Evert Thielen.


Someone bought a framed print of ‘Dance of the sea horse’. I want to thank this gentle and generous spirit for doing so. I hope the sea horse will dance for you every day of your life and I am sure it will bring a lot of tranquillity to your house (from the depth off course). Your gesture of buying this work comes on the right moment: a stage of my life in which my level of inspiration, motivation and energy has sunk to freezing point … ha ha. Not exactly the ideal moment to start making art again, or to make my comeback on RB. But your action feels like a beam of light that will help me to leave the dark road of reverse and frustration I am walking right now. Thanks for your stimulus; I am convinced it will help me to get dancing again.

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