Sunday, 26 July 2015
Understandably hardly anyone showed up: just Jos and I.
I found myself a nice spot with some perfect coffee in the most beautiful bookstore of the Netherlands, probably even the world. The bookstore is located in an medieval gothic church, part of a former monastery in the center of Maastricht. They made a three story steel structure in it, looking like a bookcase itself. And it can be removed without any damage to the church, if the bookstore will be gone. Beautiful. Architecture at its best.
Thursday, 16 July 2015
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
A special day, the day we heard we are going to be grandfather and grandmother early next year. My daughter Rianne and Bob are expecting a baby. We are thrilled.
It's a feeble chalkline on that long and winding road called life; the landscape around you is still the same but suddenly there is a 'before' and 'after'.
Wednesday, 8 July 2015
Here two scenes in Petit France.
Just before I finished they moved on, I did not even have the chance to tip them.
A picture taken of my while sketching.
Sunday, 5 July 2015
Here is Gilbert at work, who paints dreamlike fairytale images. And I copied parts of a piece by Bwexo, specialized in wildstyle lettering. Hard to read.
I talked to some of the guys, real nice blokes, dedicated to their work.
Friday, 3 July 2015
I loved that king on a half horse. He looked quite irritated about the fact someone stole the bottom part of his horse.
Also a sketch of one of the many beautiful facades in Strasbourg.
I was not as productive as other days, I had to leave quite early to drive back home.
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
I had a plein-air painting weekend again with a group of dedicated painters, under the charming guidance of Annemiek Jongen. I will show the results in due time, but here is an appetizer.
This painting was made as a study for a larger painting. I added two rather random blobs of watercolour, and after drying tried to fit in the view over the city. A bit like Tia Boon Sim or Parka Sung. Not 100% satisfied,I have to do this more.
Anyway: a picture of the group: Tina, Jolanda, Jose, Annemiek, Gertie, Pam, Nienke en ikzelf.
Not on the picture: the perfect hosts of the Logies in Tétaigne: Han en André Linssen.
Friday, 26 June 2015
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Sunday, 21 June 2015
Saturday, 20 June 2015
We also went to a vintage car restauration workshop, which had some beautiful cars in repair. Like this old Mercedes 300SL, the famous gullwing. The name comes from its flapping doors, hinged to the roof. But these doors were not yet mounted in this car. A beauty.
Thursday, 18 June 2015
I had a business trip up north, to Harlingen, to visit a salt production plant. Harlingen is a very old Dutch town located directly on the sea.
It is as Dutch as you can get: canals, gabled houses, ship locks, sailing-boats, fishtrailers and so on.
Here are two sketches: above the old sail ship "de Marieje", dating from 1898. It just returned from a trip and was mooring.
The other is a gabled house on the Noorderhaven. There were a lot of these, hard to choose which to draw.
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
There was the national French Urban sketching weekend, organized by Lolo Wagner and his team (very well organized by the way!).
Over three days I met hundreds of other enthousiast sketchers, and made three meters of drawings in Leporello style (harmonica folded sketchbook).
This is the first drawing, of the cathedral.
I will post the other drawings in the coming days.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
The attractions were still closed, it was 8.00 AM. Funny, to see all these bright and yelling colours impatiently waiting for an an audience.
Sunday, 7 June 2015
I had read a book on the italian interbellum architects Terragni and Libera recently, so apparently that futurist/rationalist/Mussolini building style stuck in my mind. Just drawing for fun.
Thursday, 4 June 2015
There are always beautiful cars to sketch there. Like this shining red Chevrolet Bel Air dating back to 1957. The proud owner imported it from Virginia in 1987, and fully restored the car.
He even showed me the original Virginia number plates.
Here is a picture of the sketch, the car, and the owner.
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
Not that I am doing nothing, I recently made these sketches for a Tebodin presentation on Animal food Factories and their future developments. It will be presented during the Victam congress, in Cologne next week. I made the drawings (two on a A4) with a black pentel paintbrush, scanned them and coloured them with Gimp.
I'll have to do something to get out of this uninspiredness.