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Van Gogh Cartoons by Alireza Karimi Moghaddam

Iranian cartoonist Alireza Karimi Moghaddam shares his admiration for Vincent van Gogh in an ongoing comic series starring the Post-Impressionist painter. His colorful illustrations tell the story of the iconic artist’s turbulent life and the artwork he produced during his short career. From cycling through a meadow of sunflowers and laying in wheat fields to paddling in the ocean and observing the night sky, Moghaddam often illustrates Van Gogh exploring the nature that inspired some of his most famous works. In one image, cartoon Van Gogh looks up at the swirling night sky, which Moghaddam illustrates as stylized, painterly brushstrokes of color. This references one of the artist’s most iconic works, The Starry Night (1889), which visualizes the view from the “iron-barred window” of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise. Digitally rendered in colorful line work, Moghaddam’s comics are aesthetically cheery, but that doesn’t mean the talented cartoonist shies away from portraying Van Gogh’s darker side. Many images illustrate the troubled artist’s battle with mental health. One comic shows Van Gogh feeding his cut-off ear to crows, and another depicts him standing atop of a bridge, contemplating suicide. No matter the situation, each illustrated scene gives a true representation of the iconic artist’s life in Moghaddam’s distinct, animated style. Scroll down to see some of Moghaddam’s comics starting Van Gogh.

The article was sent to me by Mr. Brian Holden, artist/painter, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

 

0624-Maintenance

Today, at 09:30 sharp, our installer was there to have the annual check of the central heating system, to install two new service pipes for the gas stoves in the kitchens on the ground floor and in the basement. These pipes dated back from 1992/1993. So about 17 – 18 years back, while they should be replaced every 10 years at least. The new pipes will last forever.
We have a new appointment with Bjorn, the installer: [1] to place an electric hot water supply for the shower and the bath tub, [2] to install an induction stove in the ground floor kitchen, [3]  to renew the spots in the basement, as there will be installed  2 fictures with 4 LED swiveling spots. That will be great for the Brian Holden collection!!!

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Memory, a short play (two person) featuring David Belrose and Gloria Dowton. Part of ten plays presented at the annual 10 x 10 showcase Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay. Three performances of the plays over two days April 12 & 13 2019. Story revolves around a long married couple and the humour and drama in issues with regards to remembering things.

Photo by courtesy of Marty Mascarin.

David Belrose is the partner of Brian Holden. I know them since 1999. They were the first house guests we had when we moved to Nijmegen, back in September 2003. Pierre moved Friday 12, I moved Monday 15, and Brian and David were picked up at Amsterdam Airport Wednesday 17. Apart from visiting Dutch highlights, we had a house in Bruges (Belgium). From Belgium the two Canadians visited Paris, and returned to Nijmegen.

Amsterdam, 20 September 2003, after an exhausting “touristic” day: dinner at our favourite Mexican restaurant; from left to right: David Belrose, Brian Holden, Pierre Bormans and Luke Barkhuis.

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The artist Brian Holden from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada has sent me this wonderful collection of Canadian artwork in wood.

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The artist Brian Holden from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada has sent me this wonderful collection of Canadian artwork in wood.

 

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The artist Brian Holden from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada has sent me this wonderful collection of Canadian artwork in wood.

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The artist Brian Holden from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada has sent me this wonderful collection of Canadian artwork in wood.

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Via my special correspondent/artist Brian Holden, from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada (see his PAGE on top of the website):

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Five tons of plastic out of the ocean to build a four stories high whale (Bruges, Belgium). See also the video.

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Quotation from an email:

“This morning it is -29 C with a windchill factor of – 40 C in Thunder Bay. Even the local wildlife is affected. I had a black squirrel at the kitchen doors waiting for a handout of nuts to keep warm.”

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