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August 2018 - Rangiroa
August 2018 - Rangiroa - Where were we? Somewhere in the vast Pacific, an hour’s flight north of Tahiti. We were standing less than one meter above sea level on the crater rim of a volcano of gigantic proportions: 260 kilometres... »read more

July 2018 - Domino
July 2018 - Domino - Donkeys are known to be very persistent and patient. Wouldn’t they be the ideal model for my first animal picture? “Sure, you're welcome to paint my donkeys,” enthused Horst, an early retiree and donkey lover... »read more

June 2018 - The Statue of Liberty
June 2018 - The Statue of Liberty -   The Statue of Liberty is probably New York’s best-known landmark. It stands for the USA, for freedom and democracy – and the hope of millions of immigrants for a better life. Today it is... »read more

May2018 - The Poplar Avenue
May 2018 - The Poplar Avenue - It was a beautiful May day when I set up my easel at the edge of the village, exactly where the cobblestone road ends and merges into a sand path. Lined by tall, slender poplars in fresh green, the... »read more

April 2018 - The Eternal Spring of Crete
April 2018 - The Eternal Spring of Crete - What do we like about Crete in the spring so much that we come back every year? This question occupied us one evening when we were sitting with friends at Athanasia’s tavern. On the... »read more

March 2018 - Rapa Nui
March 2018 - The Moai of Rapa Nui - Of the many islands in the world, the one I find the most mysterious is Rapa Nui, also called Easter Island. A tiny May-green patch in the deep blue Pacific Ocean, many flying hours away from any... »read more

February 2018 - Longing for the Midnight Lights
February 2018 - Longing for the Midnight Lights -   Longing for something is a strong feeling: whether it is for a person, a place or an experience. Ever since I had read Georg Forster’s ‘Journey Around the World’, I longed to... »read more

January 2018 - On the Bund
January 2018 - On the Bund - To me, China has always been the epitome of the Far East: fascinating and mysterious. “China is very different, don’t have any illusions,” said my old friend Diddi shortly before my departure, “it is... »read more

December 2017 - The Nativity Scene at Santa Cruz
December 2017 - The Nativity Scene at Santa Cruz - It was just after Christmas. Madeira, the island in the Atlantic Ocean, was lapped by the heat of the Gulf Stream. One could not feel the winter: the sky was a cloudless blue, the... »read more

November 2017 - Life's Acoustic Colours
November 2017 - Life's Acoustic Colours -   Sometimes you have a good idea: for my last milestone birthday I asked all my friends and family to give me a CD with their favourite music on. I had no idea of the wide... »read more