“It’s as if someone is observing us with a sense of overview we seem to lack, some-one who knows better than us what exactly it is we’re doing here”, writes the artist in his notebook.
“Night and day he is looking at us from a distance, seeing structures and dynamics I myself must have grown blind to because I have come accept them as my reality. Today, as I was painting the portrait Jim commissioned me to do, I could almost see the whole scene from his perspective.
There he is, somewhere in the woods, staring right through the walls of my studio, looking at Jim’s stately profile from the other side, as I try to translate his figure into energy and colour. And at the same time he looks at Frederic and Conrad, who are invisible to me. They’re sitting outside, probably doing nothing much at all, chasing away their hangover fears but making it worse by trying to grasp them. (Rinus Van de Velde, Cabin Fever Notebooks).”