The painting of the Erguvan tree is finished but it lacked a connection with the Almond tree. The Erguvan tree is symbolic for Istanbul, the (French) Almond tree, by Van Gogh, is symbolic for The Netherlands. What could connect the two together? We found this in the Aglais Urticae butterfly, a butterfly which occurs in both countries.
While the date of exhibition is coming closer, Marcel’s place has been turned into a studio. Number of paintings per square meter is rising alarmingly. Don’t try it at home 😉
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Finishing up our paintings, for we are soon going to announce the date of our expostion.
What is a common element of the Turkish Erguvan tree and the ‘Dutch’ Almond tree?
It’s the Aglais Urticae butterfly!
The Aglais urticae butterfly, ‘Kleine vos’ (small fox) in Dutch and in Turkish ‘Small tortoiseshell’ or ‘Türk aglaisi’, will complement and complete the diptych of the two trees. This weekend we will have a go at it.
Photo source: turkeybutterflies.blogspot.com
In our free time, we discover the Netherlands bit by bit. On Sunday 5th we went to an unlikely destination of Deventer. This picturesque town hosts every year the largest book fair in Europe. After visiting over 400 stalls out of 850 (!), and with some fine purchases, we turned to the beautiful gothic St. Lebuin’s church. As 4 hours of walking didn’t seem to be enough of a challenge, we climbed an endless staircase of the church tower to be rewarded with a top-notch view.
Since the beginning of July Hakan is staying in the Netherlands. Both guys work vigorously for the coming exhibition.