A Dot | Drawing Class Inspired By Soundscape


Soundscape by Suzanne Uittenbogaard. To inspire children in her class to draw on a large piece of white paper with a dot stamped on it right in the centre of it.

We both did the course – to become an art teacher for children – and I got to hand her the diploma.

We have been friends forever and I wrote a little speech for the ceremony.


Today we will say goodbye to Suzanne. You will miss her.
She put you on the trail of Stipje,
an unremarkable single cell,
that can easily be overlooked,
but through the power of imagination
can encompass an entire universe.

One more time we will listen to the soundscape 
of the wondrous world of Stipje
made by Su.

To inspire the children in her class
with a dot
and a large sheet
to draw on.


Well done, it’s a gem.

Take it with you,

thank you.





I attended one of her classes, and took some shots.

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If It Grows They Have It

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It was a lovely sunny autumn afternoon along Kingston Avenue in Brooklyn. The shop across the street caught my eye, as it felt nostalgic, sun drenched longing in a French way. A good spot for a wine bar. In a different world. This is the heart of a Hassidic community in New York City.




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Gifted | 9 Year Old Student Suspected Of Plagiarism

I heared this on the news today, December 10 2019.

Gifted boy of 9, studied technical engineering at the TU (Technical University) in Eindhoven.

University and parents are now in conflict because they suspect the student of plagiarism.


It makes me think.

What can a 9 year old know? And how do we know?


I found this image in my archive to go with the pondering…

PAGES | 101219 | Gifted – Newspaper clipping from the cover of the opinion and debate supplement; God exists – There is proof.

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PAGES | 081219 | REBEL

PAGES | 081219 | REBEL -wilson tichelaar

The original image is a tiny image I noticed in the corner of my eye – in the listing of a creative newsletter I scanned the other day. I took the screenshot below.

This is what I saw.

It made me think of my son’s grandfather.

Schermafbeelding 2019-12-09 om 15.19.32

An immigrant from Naples, left his mother to build his life in the UK. Was self-employed, tried many trades, and is now independent. Enjoying a family life with children and grandchildren in a house overlooking the Welsch mountains. A proud man.

A curious fact: Grampa and his brother have the same names as my sister’s two sons, Gennaro and Antonio.


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Everyone is looking for Moses


PAGES | 081219 | Everyone is looking for Moses – Page from Ben Elton’s novel Two Brothers.

Moses, there he is again!

I am reading Two Bothers by (my) literary hero Ben Elton. Above a picture I took from a page that struck me. Everyone is looking for Moses resonated the story I was told when in Brooklyn New York last October.

As a participant of an AIRBNB experience, I visited the Hassidic Jewish Community under the wings of rabbi Yoni Katz, who in his passion to unite people showed us his hood, like a prince of bell air. He carried the role of entertainer and matchmaker well, I could see a Hassidic show host in the making.

A community which we normally don’t get to see now opened up to a colourful group of visitors.

We saw a wigmaker’s parlor – amazing slinky goddesses work here, in full make-up and attire, long full wigs, high heeled boots and tight skirts – , a calligrapher’s studio where ancient Thora’s were restored – the little black boxes the men wear when praying a special prayer were made here: it’s a mini library, a petite version of Thora scripture folded inside – , a bakery, a suit maker, a hat maker, past market stalls selling posters of a saint rabbi to the synagoge – known as the 770 Eastern Parkway and it’s radiostation in the back – live from Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters. A famous radioman sat in the back and when his leg was pulled by Yoni, he defended himself proudly with his statement he hadn’t just sat there all these years, he had 8 children and 32 grandchildren. That shut us up 😉

After having warmed up to the community, we were taken to a side street to visit ‘an ordinary home’.

This was the home of Yoni’s mother-in-law and it was obviously a headquarter. A long table in the room, dressed for tea, a gallery of photo’s all around, many portraits of old men looking like rabbi’s. The women were invited into the kitchen which seemed a bit strange at first, but Yoni’s mother-in-law explained the basics of kosher cooking and the need to keep the food separated. So two fridges, two sinks, two ovens, two cookers.

Kosher cooking is strict, there are rules called Laws, food had to be prepared according to a certain ritual. Only then it can be consumed. They have one bin.

“What if you make a mistake?” someone wanted to know.

Then you go back to where you think you went wrong and you can ask Moses.


We didn’t understand.

Turns out there is an online Moses – the biblical figure leading the Jews out of Egypt, setting them free – a place where they can ask for help, in situations like this as well.

I looked it up

What would Moses do? -Askmoses.com

Moses, the Blues Brother.

Ask Moses


(It took too long before he came back to me, I shut it down.)

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Cracks Me Up

PAGES  071219 | Cracks Me Up

Clever Bonnie. Moved herself into our home as a stray kitten, and has lived the good life for more than 10 years now. She seems programmed to be cuddled, because when not –  she’s breaking bad: Everywhere she’s not allowed she falls asleep, snoring. When I then try to lift her of my favorite chair – the other day – she hooks into the fabric, threatening to lift the chair with her blades.

I took a snapshot of the princess in a private moment.

(music: Snap – I’ve got the power  😉


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Portrait | Desinger-Inspired-But-Freestyle Pumpkin

ARCHIVE | Self portrait by wilson tichelaar

I have been thinking about painting and have been sucked into a book on Matisse, the master of light. And then I stumbled upon this photo I took, downstairs, in the living room, a few years ago. It is autumn and the pumpkin is a Gesamtkunstwerk by me and my son. (Blog on it here)

We were inspired by an image from Pinterest for the pumpkin. The text is a decorative board with stops along a New York tube line. We went to New York in autumn twice. Loved it. The flowers, dahlia’s, fully blown and now dry. But with a bit of Photoshop…  I love dahlia’s explosive expression. The curtains, from ceiling to floor, light blocking. The wall is painted in a matte Brinjal, a sophisticated aubergine*. The little owl is a gift from Greek guests that stayed with us. They fell for the room on Airbnb. It’s a replica of a museum piece. The bench is something I picked up in my job at the interior magazine.

The light is warm.

It would make a good portrait.


*Brinjal, by Farrow and Ball. Their words:

A Sophisticated Aubergine

Brinjal takes its name from the beautifully deep and shiny skin of the aubergine, so it is particularly magnificent in Full Gloss. It can create a warm and highly sophisticated finish when used on all walls, but is more often used as a feature wall to enhance a neutral Skimming Stone scheme or as an accent on the underside of a bath or kitchen island. 

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Note To Self | The Odyssey Of Homer

PAGES 031219 Odyssey | Note to self: I once got a copy – The Odessey – as a farewell gift, after I quit my job to become a concept maker in creative communication. Well…


I found the image above in my archive. Makes me feel like reading Mythos, the new book by Stephen Fry I bought.

Mythos by Stephen Fry

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PAGES | 021219 The old and the new – Zaandam today

A building I spotted while cycling in Zaandam today.

PAGES | 021219 The old and the new- Zaandam today

The old building is the new one.

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PAGES | Not Naples

This is not New Orleans, nor Naples.

Spotted in Amsterdam Noord, the northern part of town, across the river.

On a grey day, so I put some yellow in.

It struck me, as very uncommon.

PAGES | Not Naples

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