The River

© Jack Kruf (2019) The River [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection.

The great rivers cross the lowlands of The Netherlands, connecting the hills and mountains in the east and south with the North Sea in the west. The immense landscape of water is impressive. It is mainly a palette of grey and blue.

Janus and the art of navigation

© Jack Kruf (2015) The God Janus. Breda: Private collection.

When it comes to navigation in times of high dynamics and change, it was pilot John Boyd who developed a revolutionary and simple concept, the OODA loop: observe, orient, decide and act. The first steps are crucial, he said, when you fly in your plane with a speed of 900 km/h, upside down and 100 meter above a mountainous landscape. Is this not the situation where we as society are in today? After Boyd many scientists, experts and advisers developed a myriad of concepts, frameworks and approaches to tackle change and to find navigation in a volatile world.

The Romans already had a god for transitions, gates, passages and doorways. They called him Janus, derived form iānus, meaning in Latin ‘arched passage, doorway’. Can we say that we find ourselves in a doorway, a gate? And can we say we need to find our path, i.e. through developing a circular economy, caring for digital transformation, implementing energy transition, innovating water management, tackling a first grade health crisis, dealing with inequality, racism and poverty? Yes, we can.

We are in a doorway, maybe on a threshold towards a new world. Janus is our ‘man’, our god. We need to give him more thought in our souls, not worship him, and ask him advice in the steps to come.

I think I timed the moment (exactly 10 years after my father died) and find the right angle of sunlight, beaming (was it actually him?) through this work of art at our home. Janus looking forward, Janus looking backward and in reflection its metaperspective. The art of navigation is alike. Observe by looking forward and backward, and orient where you are by reflecting on this, decide and act.

Janus and the art of navigation. Janus is presiding over all beginnings and transitions. Should we ask him for his wisdom again? And if we do, let’s not forget John.

Beach and Dune

©Jack Kruf (2021) Beach and Dune [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection

This is the place where beach and dune are meeting the wind and create these patterns in the sand in a variety of pastel tints. Taken near Cadzand, Zeeland, The Netherlands.

Wall Art

© Jack Kruf (2020) Wall Art [fine art print]. Breda: private collection.

Wall Art in itself can be a true added value. Here I watched a wall in the city of Domburg, Zeeland, The Netherlands. The palette of the baked clay brick tones is impressive in itself. It is where the art of the wall meets and merge with wall art.

On our way to Spring

© Jack Kruf (2022) Pink Tulip Palette [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection.

And we’re on our way to spring. This pink tulip palette shows us the direction where we heading to. Yes, indeed, towards a new coming season, that of spring. The colour composition of pink, green and black tells the story.

Destiny

© Jack Kruf (2021) Destiny. Breda: digital collection.

Sometimes it is clear in life what is gonna happen and where destiny is determined. This picture is called destiny. Being an apple, banana or orange, I should be slightly worried about the juice can beside me. Sometimes it is good though that not everything is clear for everyone in advance. Happy New Year.

Security connectors

© Jack Kruf (2021) Security connectors [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection.

Security comes with a network of connectors. In fact always, ecosystemically spoken. It is the network of interactions and a set of feed-back loops in between, which in fact create the resilience and related defence mechanism of an organism. ‘Together we are strong’ is one of the variants. Well, what is your personal state, that of your organisation or the community you take care for?

Summer in Tuscany

© Jack Kruf (2005) Summer in Tuscany [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection.

On this final wet and windy day of 2022 I remember the summer we spent in Tuscany in 2003. It was harvest time. The landscape between Florence and Siena showed its DNA. What a light, what a collection of gold, orange and yellow.

Frosty Grass

© Jack Kruf (2003) Frosty grass [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection.

The frosty grass shows itself in winter time in the wetlands as a collection of sticky beacons of survival. Icy sculptures on a very cold morning.

Olive Desert

© Jack Kruf (2006) Olive Desert in Spain [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection.
I know that olives and olive oil are healthy food products and preferred by many in a variety of perfect dishes. Travelling through to this Spanish landscape though what stands out is the almost absurd dominance of the olive tree monoculture. The landscape stretches itself out as a desert, where all other life is banned. Just earth and olive trees. We know how vulnerable monocultures can be. A risky landscape.

The Circus

© Jack Kruf (2020). The Circus in Bath [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection.

The Circus in the city of Bath is a historic ring of large townhouses, forming a circle with three entrances. It is architecturally spoken a form of art, putting living in a circle in a new (geometrical) dimension. The brownish colour palette is unique on this summers day.

Infrastructure & Information

© Jack Kruf (2022) Infrastructure and information [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection.

Information about the city infrastructure can be found on every wall and every corner. Signs which tell us a lot about in this case the underground. Sometimes the palette can be almost a form of art. The blue, silver and white send quietness in composition.