Master creator

This one's for you Reggie! Ha ha ha... found it while processing through the Bonaire pictures. 

While we were still in St Martin/St Maarten working on Duende - sxm the island which we also love very very much (we love all the Dutch islands in fact) - our friend Reg gave Alex the nickname "Michelangelo". Why such a pompous name you might ask. Because it becomes very obvious when you get to know Alex that he is obsessed with perfecting things. His work seems never well done enough and he can spend hours and days adjusting the slightest details, to reach to a sort of perfection that not many bothers to work towards as it seems a mission impossible. 

He really is a true perfectionist and puts very high pressure on himself to reach that utter perfection in anything he creates, be it music mastering, joinery, fiberglass or carbon design, boat building and anything else in between. Sometimes I try to tell him, baby, it's good enough now, much better than what anyone would expect for such work. And he mutters back: No, it's just not done yet, give me a few more days.. and there he continues, sweating away hour after hour, barely even allows himself to take a two minute break.

Another funny thing I got to think about when I saw this photo. After only knowing us previously through the blog, William said to Alex the other day: But you really smile a lot! Like it was a surprising discovery. In the blog, Alex might have a serious appearance most of the times, but that's only because he feels uncomfortable posing, and unfortunately I must be the evil partner who asks him to do just that for the blog from time to time. 

Well well, all the things we put each other through, but at least I have my very own Michelangelo in the house.

And here's a few Michelangelo quotes that could as well be from Alex himself:

"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection." 

"Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish."

"It is well with me when only I have a chisel in my hand."

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

“Genius is eternal patience. ”

“Draw, Antonio; draw, Antonio; draw and don’t waste time.”

Seriously, I cannot stop laughing...

Reggie, we miss you, get your ass over here soon please!