Being an expat is an every day adventure. Saying all-too-frequent good-byes is one of it’s highest price tags.
After moving back to “home”, one of my expat friends found herself very much missing her days on Antwerp’s Eilandje. She saw my Graphic Orchids, and asked if I could create a monochrome oil painting for her entryway in the same style as way to honor her time in Belgium. I said, “Yes, of course!”
After several trips into the city, I had many ideas: a collection of boats, dancing cranes, a close-up of a female statue, an interesting building in the distance…. but an iconic image of the MAS (Museum aan de Stroom) kept standing out in my mind. I love how this area balances old and new, natural and contrived, bold and subtle…. it really tells an interesting story about Antwerp. So I sketched my heart out.