Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Sunday, 28 September 2014
An emotional week.My daughter Rianne married with Bob.
And on monday we got the message: our beloved cat, Yana, was found dead in a busy street near our house. Probably she was overrun on saturday.
We had her for almost 7 years, since January 2008. Here is a link to the post when she was a tiny kitten: http://www.renefijten.blogspot.nl/2008/01/yana.html
I will miss her her hungry eyes peeping under the windowshutters, whenever I started to open them in the summer mornings. We will have to find a new companion for Marsha.
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
This is the only sketch I made of the wedding and its preparations. We had the hairdresser and beautician at home for the bride, our daughter Rianne. At 11 o'clock she was picked up by our now son-in-law Bob to be taken to the ceremony.
Like the French say: partir c'est mourir un peu.
But we had a beautiful day: full of sun, joy and festivities. And some tears.
A wedding like a dream.
Let's hope it's a good sign for the rest of their lives together.
I guess I am getting sentimental at old age.
Sunday, 21 September 2014
Thursday, 18 September 2014
My daughter Rianne is going to marry her friend Bob next Saturday, September 20th.A happy moment for her, a bittersweet day for her father. That's me.
My wife and I notice that now, in the days before the event, there is a moment of reflection, of looking back. How it started, how it went and where we all arrived.
When rummaging through old stuff I found this old drawing made by Rianne. It must have been at the age of 4, the first few days in the first class of school.
Well, she is now up to a new phase in her life, with Bob, the cats and a new house.
A great thing to see both my children, Rianne and Mart, growing up like this. I am a proud father.
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Like I said in the last post, I just returned from 4 days of sketching in Liège, on invitation by Gerard Michel and an organisation called "Emulation". We as a international group of European sketchers had a great time finding our way in Liège and drawing, drawing and drawing.
We each had to fill 5 meters of drawing, to be shown at the exhibition in the "Theatre de Liège", yesterday evening. A huge success.
The next picture shows the opening night.
You can see me draw, standing on a tiny balcony at least at 50 meter height, and interviews of Lapin, Michel, David and Luis.
Friday, 12 September 2014
Sunday, 7 September 2014
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
As the station was located on the terrain of the coal mine "Emma" (now totally demolished and gone without a trace) I wanted to get the idea of burning coal or cokes across.
The basic idea was a massive black concrete block, with on the elevations the imprint of fossil ferns (in the old days we could find those everywhere on the mining hills).
And in the centre a round patio, with stained glass walls in red and yellow. Yes, like coal which is burning inside. A fitting image for a firestation.
I was doodling around yesterday and suddenly the image was there. I decided to use the drawing to experiment with digital colouring in GIMP. And here we are: the original sketch and the digital result.