Sunday, May 17, 2009

Rabbit Art

Dropje.jpg picture by erikdegraaf
I was asked to participate in an exposition called Rabbit Art. The expo was organised by a 'rabbit-lover', called Kim Kamperman. She invited all kind of different artists to make a piece of work about rabbits.
Last friday the expo started and there were shown all kind of different and beautiful creations. The visitors could buy the artworks and the revenues are going to an animal home that cares a lot about rabbits. My creation was one with a little bit of humor in it: I wanted to show the artistic little balls rabbits produce that look very similar to pieces of liquorice.
My work was sold 5 minutes after the expo started...
If you want to visit the exposition and support the rabbits: Gallery Lilys, Weimarstraat 58, Den Haag.

Uncle Cor

OmeCor.jpg picture by erikdegraaf
My uncle Cor was one of the soldiers who stayed at my grandparents house when the war broke out (He's also playing a role in Splinters). He became my uncle when he married my fathers sister (I wasn't born yet). I loved him very much because he was always joking and also stimulated me to use my drawing-talent. As a matter of fact he could draw quite good himself and learned me, for instance, how to draw a good motorcycle.
You can find an example of one of his practical jokes in the story Spierballen in my first book Verbleekte Herinneringen.
The picture in this post shows my uncle (on the right) while he's building sheds before the war, together with his fellow-soldiers. If you take a look at the picture you see young men (some look almost like movie-stars...) looking curious, self confident and gentle into the camera, not knowing what's going to happen to them.
I got this picture from somebody who has written a book about the history of the small village where my grandparents lived at that time.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Andr.jpg picture by erikdegraaf
When I had my exposition at Lilys, André (Lily's brother) has been a great help for me. Especially with arranging my work at the Gallery and by fixing the 3-d objects. Because I am very grateful for that, I have drawn a portrait for him as a little boy. In a way that shows that he was already a drawing-talent in his younger years.