Sketches

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Culemborg a/d Lek

Time for experiments again. I made the below sketch very quickly, grey fountain pen and pentel bruspen, washed out. 10 minutes max, just for composition reasons.
Then I took a self sharpened bamboo stick with pure chinese ink, and made the drawing in my large watercolour sketchbook. It did not go smoothly, either the ink blotted, or it was too light grey. To much distance between deep black and grey tones. Something to figure out.
Then I added the negative space with a wash of sepia acrylic ink.
I am pleased with the result, but there is stil room for improvement.


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Boats in the rain

After the founding of theUSK-nl association we all went to town to sketch. Culemborg is a nice old Dutch town.
But the weather was horrible, torrential rain. So we found a restaurant with a huge covered veranda, and a fantastic view over the river "Lek" and a harbour for pleasure boats.
I made this while sipping on a good Triple Affligem (Belgian Beer). And good company. :)

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Stichting Urban Sketchers Netherlands

Yesterday the Association "Stichting Urban Sketchers Netherlands" was officially founded. After 5 years of ever expanding activities, we needed a legal base. It is difficult to organize activities with over 70 persons without contacting municipalities as a formal entity. The same for sponsors, donations etc.
Even more, we as a group would like to organize a symposium in the Netherlands or Belgium somewhere in the coming years, so we need a legal base to do that.
The board consist of 5 persons: Ruud Otten as chairman, myself as secretary, Roger Klaassen Financial, and Wiltfried Pathuis and Gail Anne Howard as other boardmembers.
In good USK fashion I made this sketch during the "reading ceremony", where the notary goes through the regulations and explains them.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Alfa Romeo Montreal

We had a birthday dinner in Geleen, but I was half an hour early. There was an Alfa Romeo cardealer (Coumans Geleen) across the parking lot, with this beautiful 1971 Montreal in the shopwindow.
One of the most beautiful cars ever made.
I even chatted with the dealer himself, always nice to talk to enthusiastic owners.
I only had my 20x13cm sketchbook at hand, I had to draw across the spine.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Maastricht view from the bridge

I am a bit slow with drawing and posting lately. To many other things in my hands.
No, it's not yet autumn here; this is just a commission for a painting, based on an older Urban sketch (2010).
Now made in the quiet seclusion of my house, with nice music in the background.
I really enjoyed drawing home again, very different from drawing on the streets.
A friend asked me to make a painting, as a present for the retirement of his colleague.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Harbour Georgioupolis

I made quite a few A5 drawings, the ones that I already posted.
I only took time to make one larger image, this one of a fishing boat in the little harbour of Georgioupolis, Greece.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Crete: Knossos and harbour


Two scenes from Crete: the little harbour, which was only 50 meters from the apperment. They brought in fresh fish every morning (if you would rise early enough).
We also made some trip across the island, to Rethymnon (but my sketch there was not worth showing) and to Knossos. These old excavations were very worth visiting, and I had the chance to make this little sketch of the partly restored palace, dating back to 2000 BC.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Georgiopoulis: Stelios


Each morning we would make the little walk into town and have breakfast at a Greek cafe: Stelios.
We would sit and have bacon and eggs or a crete omelette (with courgette and feta cheese), and some strong greek coffee without sugar. The below sketch is the view from our table down the street.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Sketchcrawl Maastricht (2)

This is another drawing that I made during the sketchcrawl. The baroque pulpit of the St. Jans church in Maastricht, halfway the hall. The St. Jan is a  protestant church, Catholic ones like the adjacent  St. Servaas preach from the choir/altar.
The other drawings are less interesting or unfinished, so they will not be posted.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sketchcrawl Maastricht


I am a bit slow with posting presently.
So in between the Greece drawings, I'll post the results of the sketchcrawl of yesterday, in Maastricht.
The weather was horrible, continuous rain, so we drew inside. First the St. Jan, a protestant church. Second the Cellebroederskapel, the chapel of a former monastery. A chapel so hidden, I didn't even knew it existed.
The above drawing is of the structure of that chapel, dating back to about 1535.
The other sketches will follow.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Crete: Georgioupolis

Just returned from our anual holiday trip. This time to Greece, Crete to be more specific.
We had a terrific time in a small fishing village called Georgioupolis. large enough to have enough tourist stuff like beaches, car rentals and restaurants, but not so much tat you feel that you're not in Greece anymore.
This is a scene as seen from the beach, a little white chapel on a cliff in the water. We were chatting with some locals while making this.
More to come.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Doodling

Took my coloured ink and made a few random splashes of colour on a sheet of paper.
Then I stared at it the hard way, untill I found something within the splashes that I could draw.
Fun.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Glass Fruit Bowl

My latest Glass project, a fused fruit bowl. Made of several sheets of glass, with coloured enamels in between. It was for my mothers birthday, but it took a little longer, the birthday is aready a2 months overdue. The bowl had to be fired twice, and the heating spirals of the oven were broken in between.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Fiat 600 Multipla

I saw this cute Fiat on the weekly vintage car meting in Brussum. A Fiat 600 Multipla, from 1962.
The car was based on a Fiat 600 chassis, but could carry 6 pesons in a car hardly longe than the oiginal Mini of those days. It was beautifully restored.

I made the drawing in little more about than 10 minutes, the owner was about to leave, and it was getting dark.

The car and it's proud owner.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Nentershausen

Businesstrip to Frankfurt, after standinng for 2,5 hours ins severe traffic jam (the motorway was totally blocked), we took the byroads. But My Collegue had to stop for a short sanitary stop, by chance at this stonebreaker factory. It took just two minutes to make the pendrawing, and maybe another 10 to paint; we were driving again by that time. Exlaines the wobbly lines.
Somewhere near Nentershausen.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Riley and MG

Thursday evening, at the weekly meeting of vintage car enthousiasts.
There was this beautiful Riley from 1950 and MGT from 52, I could not refrain from drawing them.


The proud owner of the MG

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Boat stuck in ice

My brother in law, Richard Abbink, had an exhibition of watercolours in the Visserijmuseum in Woudrichem last weekend.
He makes great watercolours of that region, the Biesbosch. The landscape there are mostly wide rivers and marshes, but very beautiful and peaceful. Exactly what he manages to convey in his paintings.

During the opening I saw an old powerfull B&W picture of a boat stuck in the ice. Shot a hazy photo with my camera.
I used a water soluble brushpen (Koi-Sakura) in this drawing: almost all the grey tones come from diluting the ink and spreading it, to achieve that cold hazy look.
Not convinced by the result, but I am getting there.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Ellen Jordano

Saw a picture of a 82 year old woman in a magazine, Ellen Jordano. No idea who that is, but her eyes hit me.
I wanted to draw something with my regular pencils (Derwent HB). It feels good to draw again.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Utrecht

Utrecht Maartensbrug. Not much time to draw the last few weeks.
Not that I don't want to, but time escapes me.
But I discovered I had not posted this drawing yet, from the Urban sketching meeting last May. This is the Maartensbrug in Utrecht.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Off the Shoulder of Orion.

I wanted to draw something today. During Lunchtime I sat staring at a fresh new page of my just openened Moleskine sketchbook.
Made a quick thumbnail on a yellow post-it, and started drawing. My usual lunchtime is half an hour, but today I took a quarter of an hour extra.