28 december 2009

28 december

today it's one year since my grandfather died. although he was very sick during the past ten years of my life, i felt we had a very similar mind and the same obsessions.

when i was a child, he loved to combine my child's drawings with his own. i remember how everyone told me to feel honored that he would use my drawings, but as a little child i never understood why nobody told him to feel honored that he could use mine.

this is a picture i made during the last years of his life. i had an entire sketchbook filled with drawings i made during those last years, but the book was stolen in barcelona. this is one of the few drawings i have left.

23 december 2009


and the first sketches, inspired by the photo's

21 december 2009

before the snow

some new grave portraits i made the day before it started snowing. 

18 december 2009

what i dreamt about last night (3)

some nights ago i had a dream about a forest, filled with extraordinary big birds. the only thing they could do was sitting motionless on the branches of the trees. everything was so silent, but yet so threatening.

16 december 2009

second hand

some second hand books i bought lately
(T.S. Eliot, Jean-Paul Sartre and William Faulkner)

10 december 2009

mes mains

by leafing through my sketchbooks

06 december 2009


artwork for a compilation i made for another website. it's a collection of 21 songs from my 21 favourite albums of the past decennium.
you can listen to it here.

04 december 2009

"wild tigers i have known"

last night, we went to a show of emily jane white in ghent. it was very intimate, and again, so beautiful and stirring. i'm still working on some drawings inspired by her lyrics.

here's also a video i made at the show yesterday (it's becoming a tradition)

02 december 2009


friday, i received this mixtape from polly in my mailbox. 
i love her work, and i really recommend her website or take a look at her blog.

©polly balitro
this must be one of my favourite photos of her

besides her cd, she gave me also a test print of a photo i've send her, for her project 'recollection'. you can find more information, stories and pictures of the results here