Heerlen is a Dutch town in the Limburg region of Holland where my freind Stijn Huijts and his family live.
Manon, Noah, Sammy, Jesse, Stijn, Deanna and moi. They let us stay in their house for a few days and we are very thankful for the hospitality!
Stijn has an old painting of mine from 1996 in his house, along with a slew of other, much better artwork.
Stijn organized the OsGemeos twins from Brazil to do a mural. It's very nice.
Deanna and I both fanned out on it.
It's behind a church.
There was a cemetery, we had to go.
The leaves had fallen in all of the colorful slpendor they could muster, it was enough to make Deanna revel in the glory of Autumn.
Dinner time with Noah means drawing. I started it off...
Noah was living all over me trying to add details to my drawing, and starting ones of his own.
He's a creative cat.
He is fully into the Toy Machine world of characters.
He came up with a drunk and wasted Sect dreaming of "More Beer" but since English is not his first language, wrote it "More Bear."
His world is so much bigger than mine.
A quilt of posters from Stijns' last job as the director of the museum Het Domein in Sittard, Netherlands. He had shows with me, Thomas Campbell, Barry McGee, Deanna Templeton, Clare Rojas, Mark Gonzales, and many more! They made this for him when he left.
Part of the family, Manon, Sammy and Stijn. They all play music, it is pretty awesome and so un-American. They eat at the table together for breakfast and dinner. Why is this amazing to me?
I asked Sammy if he had any "face-melting" guitar-solos for me, - he did not. I'm not sure he understood me.
Sammy took me to his local skate shop the day after we shredded his local skatepark. The Locals at Holy Wood skate shop, Heerlen, Netherlands. I don't know how enthusiastic skaters this young can get over an aging pro skater past his hey-day, but it was fun to say hello and watch them shred the local spots.
The shop wall was de-virginized.
Part of the Dutch holiday folklore involves "Black Pete." I don't know how this would go over in the US. Manon told me that it doesn't even go over so well these days in Holland.
We left Heerlen via train and had to switch trains in Liege, Belgium. Look at their damn train station!
And our destination? Paris. From my hotel window. I had to go to Paris Photo
to do a booksigning at Schaden books
Coming home very soon! Check out our food blog
Posted November 22nd, 2009 by Back in Paris, it feels like home, the sun is out.