Haters just want to belong to us and be loved, too

On social media (unfortunately) always there: Haters.
They’ re the reason you need to have a strong character on social media.
2 ways to deal with Haters:
Post what they want to read ( bending yourself) or
try to understand them
– and delete any of their comments.
My reasons for this in this post

Listen to your inner voice – always!

Key thought today: Discipline
The most important form of discipline?
That of listening to your inner voice at all times !
Whoever is doing this, is automatically doing the right thing.
Always !

Reality vs. Fantasm

Asking whether something is real or just imagined is paradoxical.
For an artist, an object can be both:
Reality and fantasy.
Even more: reality is created in our minds.
‘Something is real’ is a merely subjective expression.
For an artist
his fantasy is reality.

The fear of missing out

Sometimes I wonder why I do certain things.
Doing things that are not habits and without thinking about them.
For example, checking email and social media in the morning.
Sometimes it actually seems to be the fear of missing out.
I envy people who can control themselves in such situations.
And it seems to be my ego that presents me with the fear.
What to do ?

Good or bad – mostly it’s up to you.

The ancient wisdom of the Stoics should also be seen in a present context.

Eptictet said: “Things are not good or bad, but become so because of your point of view.
Even a hate comment on Facebook, for example, is not good or bad.
Only when you notice things, participate in them and react to them, the things gain value and meaning.
The world as a whole is what you do with it. Good or bad is -mostly- in your observation.

The Spiritual Path – an irreversible choice

Freemasonry is a journey of self-knowledge, but also of spiritual understanding – not the only one, of course.

Such a way is always a way full of challenges and difficulties.

Once we understand that such a path exists, we cannot forget it; we cannot turn back.

To turn back would mean to deny something we have recognised.

If, on the other hand, we stay on this path, it offers us many opportunities to learn and understand.

My Why

No one has to try to influence the personal development of another person.

However, if someone would ask me what is the most important thing when working on your personality, my answer would be: the ‘why’.

The question of the ‘why’ behind our actions and those of others moves some people more than others.

For a long time I thought: I want to be an artist to make the world a little better. But that is quite wrong.

My why is much more specific: I want to inspire people. To allow themselves their own spirituality.

Spirituality is the chance to look beyond this world for the ‘why’ and to give a deeper meaning to your acting.


Many of us may feel that time is flying – faster than we’d like.
Time seems to move – forward, never back. Never at rest, always moving.
Primarily, time is a human term for the eternal rhythms of our world.
But time is always a matter of perspective.
I believe we are those who move through time – it is not time that passes by.
It is up to us to hold on to the single moment, to stop for a moment in time.
To preserve the moment.
Otherwise, at the end of our lives, all that remains is an empty jar of time and nothing that we have ever really held on to, really owned.

Art – a matter of ego?

Postponed yesterday – no, but “saved especially for today” It’s been snowing here for hours and it’s a wonderfully cosy Sunday right now. Normally I write my morning pages, and thus my blogs, first thing in the morning. Today, on Sunday, the pace is a little different. No, not because it is different on principle …

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Humility and helplessness

How well I remember when, before the first lockdown – yes, that was almost a year ago – there was a call for inner reflection. To find oneself, to make use of time (whatever it means to “make use of time”-that might be worth another thought). To go into oneself, to let calm return during …

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Epson Semi Gloss

A great all-round paper, chosen for its photographic aesthetics, vibrant colour reproduction, high contrast and robust feel. Its semi gloss, flat surface lends the artwork a photographic feel, combined with the subtle painterly feel of a Giclée fine art print. Our most lightweight paper of all Giclées. The surface is resin coated making it our strongest paper.

Hahnemühle German Etching

This heavyweight paper has a slightly warm base tone and a strong mottled texture. It creates a print with strong colours and deep blacks that feel rich and high in contrast. This is due to the texture of the paper enabling it to hold more ink and capture the light. The German Etching is one of our heavier weight Giclée art printing papers. With its weight and strong texture this paper gives an artwork a handmade crafted feel. Hahnemüle German Etching is a robust Giclée paper, meaning it doesn’t tend to fray as much at the edges.

Hahnemühle Photorag

The super matt finish of Hahnemüle Photorag makes this paper one of our most popular papers amongst artists, illustrators & photographers alike. The paper gives muted blacks with even colour reproduction, and excellent detail. The surface has minimal texture with a chalky smooth cotton feel which creates smooth colour gradients. It has a delicate surface, so we recommend extra care when handling. Photorag is suitable for mounting but its cotton texture means edges can fray if not carefully handled.

Hahnemühle Pearl

Hahnemüle Pearl has a smooth orange peel texture and a bright neutral white base, it creates really natural black and white images and offers vibrant colour reproduction and great detail too. The paper is resin coated with a fibrous feel. The satin finish of the resin coating gives depth to the image which combined with the texture and vibrant colour reproduction give the image the feel of an oil painting. This is one of the most suitable of the Giclée Art Paper range for mounting

Hahnemühle Bamboo

Bamboo is the world’s first digital fine art inkjet paper made from bamboo fibres. Bamboo represents naturalness and resource-saving paper production. Particularly suitable for warm-toned colour and monochrome prints.Hahnemühle Bamboo is made from 90% Bamboo fibres and 10% cotton combining photography with environmental friendliness. This natural warm-toned, smooth surfaced and optical brightening agent free genuine art paper offers maximum ageing resistance. It guarantees an extremely large colour gamut and high colour density.

Canson Baryta

A pure white Baryta base paper with excellent black density, contrast and reproduction of detail. Great for high contrast images, as well as fluorescent and vivid colours. The Baryta base creates whiter whites and deeper blacks whilst the silky smooth reflective coating enhances the detail and definition of the images. We recommend care when handling the print as is a sensitive paper and we advise that you add a border to the image if you would like to have it mounted.

Canson Aquarelle

Canson Aquarelle Rag is another highly textured Giclée art paper in our range, offering strong reproduction of blacks and good colour intensity with a texture that holds the ink and catches the light. This Giclée paper has a white uncoated paper base, which together with the texture gives the artwork a lovely fine art reproduction feel. The texture is even more pronounced than Hahnemühle German Etching so if you are really looking for the craft feel, this is a great option. Like the German Etching, the Canson Aquarelle Rag is a robust paper that handles mounting well.

C Type Kodak Metallic

Kodak Metallic has a rich metallic base. The colours have a reflective, metallic and 3-dimensional feel. High mid-tones & highlights add luminosity & iridescence.

C Type Fuji Flex

Fuji Flex, a.k.a. super-gloss, has a plastic feel to the paper with a warm base colour and an ultra-high gloss finish, giving luxurious rich colours. Very high – deep blacks & high visual contrast.

C Type Fuji Gloss

Professional colour paper from the Fuji Crystal archive range with a gloss finish, which accentuates the colour to give a punchy, rich feel. Gives our image more contrast, glossiness and a punchier colour feel when compared to Fuji Matt, although it maintains tonal properties and accurate reproduction.

C Type Fuji Matt

Fuji Crystal archive paper with a semi-matt finish. The paper is coated with a slightly stippled texture giving a very natural photographic finish with subtle colour. Great versatile paper, very natural and works well with all photographic images. Maintains colours in a very natural way, giving a detailed, 3-dimensional beautiful photographic reproduction.

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