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


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


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.