Sunday, 12 January 2020

Olst, Overijssel

Business appointment in Olst, a village at the banks of the river "de ijssel".
We were a bit early, and parked on a quiet street in the village to eat some sandwiches (in the car). A moment to catch up on emails and phonecalls. This was the view out of the frontwindow of the car.
Took me 12 minutes to make this drawing. I had forgotten my watercolours, but washing out a Koi brushpen did the trick as well.
It's a very old farm called "De rooze".

Friday, 10 January 2020

Luuk, newborn

A newborn in the family! My niece had a babyson, called Luuk.
He looks lovely.
His parents are very happy to have him, and so are his new grandfather and grandmother.

Monday, 6 January 2020

Somewhere near Vaals

An exercise in watercolour.
This painting is based on a watercolour painting of a scene in Limburg, originally made by the fabulous painter Edo Hannema. His painting was a winter-scene, and I wondered what would be needed to turn it into a summer-scene. But still keep the same idea about contrasts.
I think painting was succelfull in this respect, but not as good as Edo's scene.
I had not done wet-in-wet technique for a long time, I must do it more often, it was a pleasure to do.
Watercolour on Fabriano A4 paper.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Chinatown NYC: underpainting

I started another serious painting again. A cityscape, of a picture I made last April in New York City. It's a location in Chinatown, where East Broadway crosses the Manhattan Bridge, an underpass.
The scene is in the rain, it was pouring that day. The basic photograph was taken on the go, while walking, it's not that good.

The location doesn't look like much on google streetview.
Anyway, this is just the underpainting (to get the composition and colorthemes right).
On canvas 50x60cm, so far with acrylics.
Next step is to adapt the scene to strengthen the scene, take out those elements that don't enhance the story.
Then painting it with oils. (I use Cobra watersoluble oilpaint).

I hope it will work out.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Maastricht riverfront

The last one for this year: the "Staargebouw" at the riverfront as seen from one of the bridges crossing the river. Made last saturday under cold and windy conditions. It was hard to draw: I stood halfway the bridge, which shook permanently under the weight of passing traffic.

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Maastricht Ceramique

I had a meeting with the Urban Sketchers Maastricht, to discuss upcoming events later this year. And I took some time to make a few sketches. This is the view from the Library towards the city centre.

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

In the Train

Sketch made in the train, yesterday, between Roermond and Weert.

Sunday, 22 December 2019

Sint Anthony

Made this drawing over four days, at my lunchbreaks. Started with the image of Saint Anthony, taken from one of the paintings by Hieronymus Bosch. Then the fish. the last was the rock (inspired by the rock in the background of the St Anthony painting by Max Enst. The girl was the last part.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

More Genk (Belgium)

Sometimes a museum has more interesting items than just their collection. I found these firehoses to be the colourful item that I was looking for.
Genk in Belgium, at C-mine (a cultural centre in a former coalmine).

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Genk C-mine

Two drawings made at C-mine, in Genk (Belgium). It's an old coalmine; some of the ancient buildings are preserved and house a design museum.
It's free and open for public. So when I feel like drawing, but the weather is horrible outside, this place gives enough inspiration to go out and draw.

Friday, 13 December 2019


This is a paintng, not an urban sketch. For some time I am fascinated by the artist Charly Hunter, and I tried his working method on a canvas 40x50cm. He paints in water soluble oilpaint, and washes it out with water, tissues and earsticks. The scene is based on a picture of a farmhouse in Doenrade, made during one of my running rounds.
I treated it as a study in values.

Friday, 6 December 2019


Another one of the hills south of Maastricht. The vineyards of Apolstelhoeve, at the Jeker. Already a few weeks old, it was better weather then.

Saturday, 23 November 2019

The war of the Machines

The war of the machines. It started with a doodle during lunchbreak. For a few moments I just had to set my mind off the project deadlines.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

The dark season

A failed drawing in my sketchbook, just painting it over with gouache.
And see where it goes.  Not after reality.

Sunday, 17 November 2019


A commission for Jos Poels, for his birthday.
He is the proud owner of this beautiful 1975 Citroen Ami. In the background the Castle of Hoensbroek. Once he bought a Christmas tree, and mounted it on top of the car, the drawing refers to this event.

Friday, 15 November 2019


We had a nice long weekend with friends in a Hotel in the German Sauerland region. A weekend with good food (gutbürgerliche Küche), good beer, nice long walks through forests in autumn colours, and a lovely atmosphere. No time to sketch on location. But I made a picture of this scene in Nordenau, which I used for this sketch later in the hotel.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Israel day 8: Jaffa

The last day of our trip started with a visit to the Holocaust museum. Especially the childrens monument was touching. Afterwards we proceeded towards Jaffa, a nice old medieval town on the sea. The afternoon and evening was for Tel Aviv, on the beach, having a reaaly nice dinner.
The next day the plane was already waiting. A great country.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Israel day 7: mount of olives

This day we visited the mount of Olives. There was this fantastic view over the city of Jerusalem.
And the Mount of olives itself as well. I managed to sketch one of the remaining 1600 year old olive trees. then we went to Bethlehem, which in our opinion was a disappointment. Like a tourist centre.

The afternoon was spent roaming through the bazars of Jerusalem, and revisiting the sepulchre church. A wonderful city.