Lodewijk Napoleon


The Lodewijk Napoleon is a café in downtown Assen, not far from where I live, where I’ve enjoyed many cups of coffee and the occasional beer. The inside is just as lovely as the outside. The café is named after Louis Napoleon – the younger brother of the emperor Napoleon Bonaparte – who was king of Holland for four years and took a fancy to Assen. He granted the town city rights in 1809, and if his brother hadn’t summoned him home, our city would in all likelihood be a much grander place today…

This was my final project in Alex Hillkurtz‘s course Arcitectural Sketching with Watercolor and Ink on Domestika, which I highly recommend.

Before starting the course, I finished up the month of August with a small series of semi-abstract watercolors on the theme of “snow steps”: see below. These were a lot of fun to do, and I may return to the theme at a later point. For now, I’m going to take some time off from painting, blogging, and social media to reorganize my studio – a long overdue task. I’m planning to take a few days here and there to unwind as well, maybe go out of town with my daughter if Corona allows. We’ve both been cooped up at home for too long…

I’ll be back in a couple of weeks. Until then, stay safe and stay well!

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