A few brush strokes in ink on thin and fragile rice paper. After the drawing is finished, the work is half-way. It has to be mounted on another sheet of (rice) paper. 'Wabi-sabi', the beauty of imperfection, is often found in my work. My work could be mounted as a mirror image or there could be some wrinkles in it.

dated 2014 until 2018 (click on an image to enlarge an artwork)
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Bamboo 1

Bamboo 1

2018

The bamboo is strong, upright, and dependable. He may bend with the wind, the storm and the rain, but will never break.

Bamboo 2

Bamboo 2

2018

The bamboo is strong, upright, and dependable. He may bend with the wind, the storm and the rain, but will never break.

Dog

Dog

2018

Minnie - English Cocker Spaniel

Chinese Orchid

Chinese Orchid

2017

The Chinese orchid is one of the four subjects that is mostly painted in Eastern ink painting. The other three are the bamboo, plum blossom, and chrysanthemum. In addition to ink, a small amount of green watercolor paint has been added to the ink. After the drawing is dry, the rice paper is mounted for more durability.

Rooster

Rooster

2017

The Rooster is the tenth of the Chinese zodiac animals. Roosters are complex people who seem strong for outsiders, but deep down, need validation from their loved ones. Years of the Rooster are 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017 and 2019.

Crow with chrysanthemums

Crow with chrysanthemums

2017

The Chrysanthemum, or Kiku in Japanese, is a symbol that represents longevity and rejuvenation. A crow can also be understood as a symbol of filial piety. Japanese folklore holds that a crow feeds its parents when they grow old in return for their care when it was young.

Crabs

Crabs

2017

Ink on Xuan rice paper, mounted in mirror image.

Lotus

Lotus

2017

The lotus represents the purity of body, speech, and mind. As if it's floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire.

Peultjes

Peultjes

2017

These are the pea pods of the 'suitopi'. The Japanese name “suitopi” is a translation of the flower’s English name 'Sweet Pea'. In the language of flowers, the name means goodbye. 

Two blooming poppies

Two blooming poppies

2017

Two poppies seem to float in the wind.

Bamboo

Bamboo

2014

Simple bamboo stem with leaves.

Without chicken scratch

Without chicken scratch

2014

Ink and Japanese watercolor on Xuan-ricepaper.