A postcard I picked up at a market in Amsterdam

I’ve been time traveling and recuperating since mid May. I was in the Netherlands and Germany, getting around to Gouda, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Cologne. I was traveling various means of transport along the way; aboard a mini bus with eight other travelers, camping, and taking the cross-country trains. I have a few stories from this trip that will eventually make it here.

The Netherlands is known as the Pays-Bas in French, the Low Country. You can see across the country side for miles and miles. It’s a beautiful mix of canals and trees. Layers of blue and green that are thin stripes painted across your view. I loved just looking out the window of the bus across the vast region. It also helped me forget about the winding curvy roads that are only wide enough for one car at a time. I dare say these roads were worse than the roads I experienced in Corsica. The most inspiring moments would be at night when I could see lights piled on top of each other. I imagine Van Gogh didn’t have quite as many lights, but it made me feel as though I could really finally understand “Starry Night”. No, I don’t care that this is one of the most well-known paintings of all time, it is still a favorite of mine, and I still find it amazingly moving to this day. I’ve always been a night owl.

I attempted two different recreations of what I saw. These are just the beginning of many more to come. I’m satisfied with the recreations as they currently stand. Soon, I’ll add in the reflection of the stars in the canals as well as more color variations.

piles of lights, as far as you can see

lights, with a tree lined avenue framing

More to come.


“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” – J.D. Salinger

Raise high the roof beam, carpenters. Like Ares comes the bridegroom, taller far than a tall man.

A good writer has managed to edit himself. A good writer also knows when he is done writing. Here is a letter I planned on sending before his death. I revised and rewrote it several times over the past two years.

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Ample Design is a blog about life experience mixed with an eye for the visual. It’s the idea that life is unlimited in its amount of inspiration, but also that the visual and cultural ties we experience are intertwined in unexpected ways. This blog will attempt to capture the coincidence that is everyday life resulting in the spectacular.

Ample Design est un blogue de l’expérience de vie mélangée d’un oeil pour le visuel. C’est l’idée que la vie est illimitée dans sa quantité d’inspiration, mais aussi que les liens visuels et culturels nous éprouvons sont entrelacé de façons inattendues. Ce blogue essayera de capturer la coïncidence qui est la vie quotidienne aboutissant le spectaculaire.

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