Sketches

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Jake's song

I sometimes make music.
My Grandson, Jake, now 15 months old, was brabbeling away, and I used that soundbite to compose this song. Made with MusicMaker and Beatbox, I played most instruments myself.




Sunday, 23 April 2017

Germaïn again

The same model, Germaïn again. (I made a mistake with his name, not Jamin but Germaïn).
This time I took a simple sheet of plywood, and tried to paint subtle, trying to keep the wood character into the painting. Even though the resemblance is ot striking, I think it looks vivid. For a life portrait session I guess that accounts for something.
Acrylic on plywood, 50x60cm.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Hulsberg

The church of Hulsberg.
I made the sketch while waiting for the Easter mass to begin. As Gertie sings in the choir, they have to warm up their voices half an hour before the start. I walked around the church and made this fast little sketch.
Just added the background colour at home.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Germaïn


This is Germaïn, a very good model, which we had the pleasure to paint last Saturday during live portrait painting class. It was supposed to be a two mornings session, but somehow the painting worked out so vivid, that I decided to leave it at this. I had something totally different in mind with the red background, but somehow the red appearing in parts of the face, together with the gesso-white of the fibreboard just worked out fine. Acrylic paint on wood, about 40x60cm.
Here are the earlier stages of the painting, and a picture of Germaïn (I posted this picture without his permission, I don't know how to reach him, if there is any problem I will remove it).
I show it here to show which choices I deliberately made.

(editorial note: I made a mistake with Germaïn's name, it's corrected now).

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Klimt again

Pretty busy lately, it's often like that in this time of year.
One of the things I did the last few months is (re)working this painting.
I was not content so far. I changed a few things, like trees and skin. It's done now.
If you want to see last years version, see this link.
http://renefijten.blogspot.nl/2016/06/girl-reading-klimt.html

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Elsoo, view from my office

View from my office window. I was just in time to make this. The last few days the trees in front of my window start getting leaves, and this view will be obscured until autumn. Not a great loss.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Gertie in Delft.

Just another sketch that I made last weekend. It's Gertie (my wife) enjoying the sun on the "Beestenmarkt" in Delft. Even though I usually refrain from drawing family, I could not resist. And I must say, the resemblance is okay. Even though she usually does not look so serious. :)

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Rotterdam Markthal

We had a lovely (short) weekend in Holland. First went to visit Delft (where I did my Masters in Architecture). Then a short ride to Katwijk aan zee, where we had dinner in a restaurant on the beach with a glorious sun sinking into the sea. In the evening we went to a fantastic musical "Soldier of Orange". Based on a autobiography of a guy who fought in the resiatance in WW2, and was personal adjudant of Queen Wilhelmina.
But the major feature of the musical is that the whole theatre moves and slowly turns, while the 8 stages are fixed and grouped in a 360 degrees circle. And it features real WW2 motorcycles, cars and a genuine original Dakota airplane. Fantastic.
On saturday we went to Rotterdam, where we had coffee in the Markthal, where I made this sketch.
I had forgotten my brushes: I made this with watercolour pencil, and a little water in a sponge.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Haarlem: het Spaarne

View over the Spaarne, the stream running through Haarlem.
if you want to see more sketches around this bridge, check this site of Roger Klaassen:
https://urbansketchers-netherlands.blogspot.nl/2017/03/hartje-haarlem.html.

A few pictures of the group, made by Marc Liefferinge.
Above Roger Klaassen en me, below the total group.


 

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Dutch Windmills

The National Haarlem sketchcrawl. Actually, this is the second time I ever painted/drew a Dutch windmill. I am not looking for traditional or nostalgic scenes, but this was a beauty. De Adriaan, along the canal "de Spaarne".
 
I stood there with Roger Klaasen, who drew almost the same scene but is a totally different style, see here at the side. He is far better with linework than me.
















And then, while waiting for the watercolour to dry, I sometimes do experiments. Like with this little sketch: made in indian ink, drawn with bamboo sticks, in maybe 5 minutes.


Monday, 27 March 2017

Haarlem: St Bavo


Haarlem, yesterday. We had another national sketchcrawl in Haarlem. in total 70 sketchers met in the city, spread out and made numerous drawings.
I joined Roger Klaasen, together we found some beautiful spots to draw.
Even though there was a cold wind, it was sunny and nice.
The drawing above is the main Cathedral of Haarlem, the St Bavo. We were sitting on a terrace while drawing this.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Weilerswist (Germany)

On the road in Germany, returning from Frankfurt. I had dinner at the McDonalds in Weilerswist, below Cologne. This guy was enjoying a coffee and some chocolate cake: some McDonalds have a real coffee counter with good coffee nowadays. Starbucks made these chains improve.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Gaspard


Small portrait of Gaspard, a live portrait model.
The painting is only 25x30cm, in acrylic. Took me 1 hour and a quarter to make.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Election day

It's election day in the Netherlands. We'll choose our parliament today.
And it was beautiful weather: spring has arrived, soft temperatures and nice smells in the air.
During my lunchbreak walk I passed along the polling station in Elsloo, where some senior citizens were chatting with all the time on their hands. I had to return to office. Tsja.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Glass horse

After the mixed results of the last glass vases, I returned o familiar ground.
A horse head, sheet glass with mixed emaille colours, and small stripes of glass on top.

Yesterday I finished the base glass, added the colours, and made the horse's manes.
Here is an image of the design, the statue will be about 30 cm high.


Friday, 10 March 2017

Bad Camberg

Had to drive to Frankfurt yesterday, for a business meeting. I took a coffee break after a few hours driving. This business man was sitting on the next table, totally off the world with his Iphone.
Modern day communication. In the 10 minutes that I made this impression he did not even move his hand or shifted in his position.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Pate de verre vases

I made these two vases in "pate de verre" technique.
It's an ancient technique in which small glass particles are glued into a mold, and then heated.
It's very hard to make. I started with this technique in May last year or something like that.
This is the 4th trial of the blue bowl, and the 2nd version of the brown one.
And even though the brown one looks good on the picture, it has a deep cut in the bottom.
Keep in mind that each version cost at least 3 weeks (monday evenings in atelier) to make.
We found that the oven is probably not balanced enough for this type of heating.
I don't know if I will ever do this again.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

La Cienega blvd, L.A.

Oilpainting, based on a picture that I took some years ago in Los Angeles.
I already reworked the picture into an urban sketch, which eventually lead to a comic in which sketchers all over the world participated. The sketch is shown below.

I tried to learn from the fantastic work of the L.A. based artist William Wray, who does similar treatment of Urban scenes.
I tried his themes before, without much success, but this is the first time that I am really content with the result.

Gonna do more like this. 

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Jake

Jake, our grandson is now 13 months old.
Even though they say never sketch a family member, I could not resist.
Made this while he was eating some bread, that's the only time they sit still enough.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Blauw-wit Mariarade

A scene from the Hoensbroek Carnaval parade, this afternoon.
Each part of town has it's own Princes, dressed up groups and carnaval floats. This is the float of Mariarade (where I live). The group is called Blauw-wit (blue-white, I guess after the iconic colours of Mother Maria). The colourful dressed up group is walking/dancing behind, on the rhythm of local Carnaval music.
We were lucky with the weather: the forecast had told us about heavy rain and gusts of wind, but that started only after the last float (of the prince of Hoensbroek) arrived at the market square.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Carnaval in Meers

Carnaval is here again. This afternoon we went to see the parade in Meers, where my grandson Jake and his parents live. It was his first Carnaval, and he was dressed up in a mouse costume. So cute!

The parades sometime halt for some time, as some large floats have difficulty to make turns in the narrow streets of these small villages.
That gave me enough time to make above sketch.


Thursday, 23 February 2017

Indians

Just a doodle about Indians.
Ink on prepared paper, I pasted transparent paperwith acrylic binder on a sheet 23x30cm.
It wrinkled, and then I drew/painted with coloured inks.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Curry Wurst

I had to gravel to Goslar again, for business.
A very quick sketch of my lunch there, Curry Wurst. This was not the local Niedersachsiche dish, but the Ruhrgebiet version. In the the latter the curry is more spicy, the sausage is of the "bratwurst" type, and cut in pieces. But they both taste good.
And a little early morning before-breakfast-sketch, from my hotel room window on the 4th floor.
Houses and the theatre across the railroad tracks in Goslar.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Big Nelly

Just a doodle. Big Nelly, that would be Rocket Rosie's Space freighter.
As it is taking off from the planet Dandaliona-12. :)

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Anita

Life portrait class. Two times the same model: Anita. Each painting took me one hour to make.
Acrylic 50x60cm.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Library reader

I took an afternoon off, to visit an art exhibition of the Chinese artist Cai-Guo Qiang, renowded for his gunpowder paintings. That sounds more like entertainment than art, but his works are better than it sounds.
Afterwards I visited the Maastricht Library "Centre Ceramique", where I had a coffee. And I took the opportunity to draw this man reading a newspaper.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Kasteel Amstenrade

The Castle of Amsterade, just a few 100 meters from my house. In the house where I grew up, my bedroom window looked at the tower of the castle, across the fields.

Anyway. It was cold today, but just bearable.
But I really wanted to draw something in real life.
Here the drawing and reality.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The guitar player

I will not say that this was supposed to be BB-king.
But resemblance was not my first goal, I tried to catch jazzy music in my drawing, and the movements involved.
Still some way to go. Based on a picture that I found on the internet.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Mission foods in Moscow

This is what I do. I design factories, in this case a tortilla plant to be located in Stupino, Russia, 80 km south of Moscow. I made the design for the Mexican firm Mission foods, the largest or one of the largest producers of tortilla bread in the world.
Of course, the aim is to make a production plant, efficient and clean, compliant to all latest food regulations (you can fill a truck with those regulations....). Even so, I always try to give it some touch.
But sometimes you just have to let go, Russians don't like foreigners to be in control.
The plant will be opened within a few weeks, and this is what the building looks like in reality.
Try and spot the 10 differences....


Saturday, 28 January 2017

Painting for Jake

Jake, our grandson, just turned 1 year.
I made this paiting for him, to hang in the children's home. Not in his own room in Meers, but in the guest room we have here in our house. It was my former painting studio, but I still have my large self-portrait hanging on that wall. I don't want to frighten Jake whever he stays in our house. :)
The dog is painted after the little dog of Mart and Lisa, he is called Miku. And the cat is our very own Mila. The rest is just fantasy.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Novo Caladedina

Another imaginary city. Love drawing fantasies like this. This is the sister city of Caladedina, the one I posted some weeks ago.
Remains the big question: would they be aware of each other?

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Maastricht, grote gracht.

Time for a quick urban sketch. Maastricht, the "Grote gracht" (the large canal, there used to be a canal in this street, some ages ago).
This is the view from the middle of the street. I made the pencil sketch standing on that location, moving aside whenever a bus or taxi would pass. The centre of town is practically unreachable by regular cars, that's why there are only taxis, busses and cyclists here.
After the set up of the compostion, I moved to the sidewalk to add penwork, panting and details. Just now and then I would go back on the street, to check if what I had done was fitting reality.
about 25 minutes all in all.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Goslar again.

The project in Goslar (north of Germany) is running again. Somehow my project there only proceeds well in winter, this is the third year in a row. We stayed in the hotel "Niedersachsichen hof", which is my favourite hotel over there.
This was the view from my hotel room window: the main train station in the snow. Made this morning, just before breakfast, and before we left for the meeting at the client. Which was very successful I may proudly add :) .

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Painting linework

Art class. Live portrait session, acrylic 40x60cm.
The goal was to use linework to create a painting. And the lines should be interesting, moving, paintery, not just straightforward lines.
Hard to do, as drawing and painting are two different disciplines.
An interesting exercise.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Airship

Quick doodle, a fantasy airship. Just for fun.
Took me 18 minutes to draw and paint.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Another glass failure


Here are the results of the last cast for that Paté de Verre vases.
Again a failure. 2 vases ready for the waste bin.
Due to a malfunction of the oven, the glass heated up too high, and the glass collected itself on the bottom.
For the blue vase this was the 4th trial without result.

Perhaps hard to believe, but yesterday I made 2 new molds for the next try.
It should work once eventually......