Sketches

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Isabel

Live portrait session, Isabel, the daughter of Annemiek. Acrylic, about 50x60cm.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Rainy night on the coast

Just a drawing, non-waterproof ink washed out with white gouache and watercolour.

Friday, 4 January 2019

Schoolbus

Urban sketch of a schoolbus, standing on a parking lot near my office.
I made this during lunchbreak, even though I had to stop halfway with the watercolour, because it started to drizzle. Finished it at home.
And then there was a nice surprise: Marian Langereis made a fantastic poem when she saw the drawing (in Dutch, I wouldn't dare translating it).

Kijk ze daar staan
de ijzeren jassen zwaar op de wielen
de motor stil
het ontroerend vervoer
zal zonder vragen
je van hier naar daar willen dragen
met uniform wil je weten
met wantsy aan vergeten
kijk ze nu staan
geduldig wachten
in kou en warme nachten
op jou en jou en jou
kijk ze staan
tot elk zijn kant op zal gaan

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Chateau Neercanne

First, best wishes for the new year. may it be a happy, healthy and fruitful one.
Another go at the Chateau Neercanne building. I made this with gouache (not on location though).
Maybe I'll turn this into a painting once.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

La tour d'Eben-Ezer

This tower stands just across the border from Maastricht, in Bassengen (Belgium). It stands on a hill and is a tower built from silex (I think in English it's called flint, some type of quarz stone). The tower was made by the esoteric philosopher Robert Garcet in the early 60s.
On top of the tower there are 4 large statues, which depict the 4 announcers of the Apocalypse, each looking into another direction.
A strange building. I had wanted to draw it a long time, but it was difficult to be reached.
I made 2 versions, but the other one was pretty grim.

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Chateau Neercanne

Chateau Neercanne. A castle exactly on border of the Netherlands and Belgium. It houses one of the best hotel/restaurants of the Netherlands, with a Michelin recommendation.

Just a quick sketch made this afternoon.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Another face

Another face.
Fountainpen ink, washed out with a brushpen, and some touches with a white acrylic marker.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Face

Just a quick drawing during a quiet moment in my lunchtime today.
After a picture of an older man, found on the Internet.
Maybe 10 minutes.
Exercise.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Lemiers

A sketch from yesterday. Even though it was very cold, I wanted to draw the chapel of Lemiers.
It ranks among the oldest churches in the Netherlands, about the 11th century.
But then I noticed the car and traditional farmcourtyard next to it, which was more interesting.

I used prepared paper: a thin layer of acrylic binder. Waterproof ink and watercolour don't stick, and water dries very slowly, which gives uncontrollable effects. That's why I used watercolourpencil.

Lemiers is a funny tiny village. It lies partly in the Netherlands, partly in Germany.
The German border is just 10 meters behind this farm.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

The wind in your back

Watercolour on prepared paper. I applied a thin layer of acrylic binder on the paper. Watercolour does not behave well on this surface, but watercolourpencil works better. I used Inktense and normal pencils, washed it out with a waterbrush.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Killer Katze

This is a surprise gift for Gertie, my wife.
Usually I make surprise gifts for all family members, for the celebration of Sinterklaas - St. Nicholas.
But we have grandchildren now who still believe in him, so we can't do surprise gifts anymore after December 5th. They won't understand.
But I made this for Gertie's birthday, printed on a metal sheet, to hang outside the door as warning.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Elsloo castle

Lunchbreak sketch.
The castle of Elsloo, just 2 km from our office. I wanted to draw the castle tower, but Became fascinated about the tree.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Face in red

Face in red: non-waterproof ink, reworked with white gouache and a waterbrush. Some accents with an acrylic marker.
A study after a picture from the internet.

Friday, 30 November 2018

Genneper Molen

It was time I made an Urban sketch again. There must have been a thousand reasons why I didn't. You need one reason to do it.
This is Eindhoven, just a short walk from our other office. I wanted to draw it for some time, also because Vincent van Gogh painted it a few times. But I guess he took more time than I had for lunchbreak.

Here is one of the van Gogh versions.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Birthcard design



I made a few designs for the birthcards for Finn.
Here are the designs that did not make it.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

More Finn

A small painting of my newborn Grandson, Finn.
Made after a picture.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Finn birthdaycard

I am proud of our newborn grandson Finn. And of his parents Mart and Lisa of course.


They asked me to design the birthday card for Finn.
How could I refuse such a honourable request!
I made several designs, but this became the chosen drawing.
Mart (who does a study in communication, and webdesign, made the total layout and beautiful lettering.

The dogs refer to the little papillon dog that Mart and Lisa have for some years now, called Miku. He is also featured in the second drawing.

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Finn

Welcome Finn!
We are very very proud of our third Grandson, born yesterday, 16-11-2018.
Son of Mart and Lisa.
A regular miracle.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Portrait found

I saw a nice expressive drawing on the internet, and was curious how it was done.
It's almost a copy, I have not found the name of the original, otherwise I would have mentioned it here.