Sketches

Friday, 14 February 2020

Tagebau Inden

I went to an exhibition of the drawings of the French comic book author Moebius (Giraud) in Brühl, Germany.
On the way there I passed Inden, just behind Aachen. There are huge browncoal works there. I was able to get to the edge of the terrain, viewing into the deep open mine. The machine on top of the hill stands about 2 km away, and is about 65 meters high. Just to get the scale in proportion.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Anatomy

Abelated christmas present for my son-in-law. He has a physiotherapy practice, and wanted an anatomical painting on his wall. I once visited Körperwelten, Body worlds, and made drawings of preserved human bodies. I made this collage basd on pictures of some of the displays.
Made on fabriano paper and caran d'ache watercolour pencils (museum quality, they are very good).

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Gregorius and the wobbling waves

On his way to work Gregorius meets some wobbling waves. He realizes he will be 10 minutes late.

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Lefthand gothic

Lefthand Gothic. Once in a while I do some drawing games with others.
Laura S. Fiat organized a "Sherlock game", a bunch of people make a drawing on a subject, and everyone will have to guess who made which drawing. Actually that is very hard. I only had one correct.
Subject this time was: make a drawing with your left hand, including a mirrored handwritten text.
Very hard to do.
And my inside joke: the chapel in the back is the one that is featured in the well known painting: American Gothic by Grant Wood.

Friday, 31 January 2020

Anatomy excercise

Excercise for a larger drawing, a commision for an assembly of several anatomical bodyparts.
This image was based on pictures of the Body World exhibition in Amsterdam. In 2014 I went there to draw corpses for a day. See 2014/08/body-worlds-amsterdam.
Made with a new set of Caran d'Aches Museum watercolour pencils, that I recieved for testing through Liz Steel, kast summer in Amsterdam. They are fantastic.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Marleen, but not really


After the Urban Sketching meeting we went to a cafe in Utrecht. We were chatting and trying to draw each other. With mixed success. This should have been Marleen reading her smartphone, but the resemblance is not that good. It's always hard to do live portraits under such conditions, but at least I think I managed to make a lively one.
Made with Technalo pencils in a A5 moleskine sketchbook.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Utrecht, Oude gracht

We had a meeting as urban sketchers Netherlands with all the local groups, to discuss issues and future plans. And to learn from each other and exchange information. Very well organized by Roger Klaasen and Judith Spijk. After that we had a few drinks, and took a moment to sketch at one of the canals in the centre of town. The Oude gracht, at the "werf".  But it was rather cold, just above freezing point. By the time I finished this one my hands almost fell off.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Eindhoven Botstraat

Lunchtime in our office in Eindhoven. Too cold to leave the office, so I will draw what I see through the office window.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Magpie in glass

I had finished this glass object some years ago, but it rested in a drawer in my house.
I never had the time to make the basis. During christmas holidays I finally got around finishing it. It now has a teakwood base.
The object is made from small stripes of coulored glass. When the sun shines through it is even more beautiful that the picture shows.

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

Doenrade

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.