Friday, 13 December 2019


This is a paintng, not an urban sketch. For some time I am fascinated by the artist Charly Hunter, and I tried his working method on a canvas 40x50cm. He paints in water soluble oilpaint, and washes it out with water, tissues and earsticks. The scene is based on a picture of a farmhouse in Doenrade, made during one of my running rounds.
I treated it as a study in values.

Friday, 6 December 2019


Another one of the hills south of Maastricht. The vineyards of Apolstelhoeve, at the Jeker. Already a few weeks old, it was better weather then.

Saturday, 23 November 2019

The war of the Machines

The war of the machines. It started with a doodle during lunchbreak. For a few moments I just had to set my mind off the project deadlines.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

The dark season

A failed drawing in my sketchbook, just painting it over with gouache.
And see where it goes.  Not after reality.

Sunday, 17 November 2019


A commission for Jos Poels, for his birthday.
He is the proud owner of this beautiful 1975 Citroen Ami. In the background the Castle of Hoensbroek. Once he bought a Christmas tree, and mounted it on top of the car, the drawing refers to this event.

Friday, 15 November 2019


We had a nice long weekend with friends in a Hotel in the German Sauerland region. A weekend with good food (gutbürgerliche Küche), good beer, nice long walks through forests in autumn colours, and a lovely atmosphere. No time to sketch on location. But I made a picture of this scene in Nordenau, which I used for this sketch later in the hotel.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Israel day 8: Jaffa

The last day of our trip started with a visit to the Holocaust museum. Especially the childrens monument was touching. Afterwards we proceeded towards Jaffa, a nice old medieval town on the sea. The afternoon and evening was for Tel Aviv, on the beach, having a reaaly nice dinner.
The next day the plane was already waiting. A great country.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Israel day 7: mount of olives

This day we visited the mount of Olives. There was this fantastic view over the city of Jerusalem.
And the Mount of olives itself as well. I managed to sketch one of the remaining 1600 year old olive trees. then we went to Bethlehem, which in our opinion was a disappointment. Like a tourist centre.

The afternoon was spent roaming through the bazars of Jerusalem, and revisiting the sepulchre church. A wonderful city.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Israel day 6: Jeruzalem

This day we arrived in Jeruzalem. What a great city.
WE made long wlaks through the bazars and winding streets, visited the church of the Holy Sepulchre (Heilige grafkerk), the site of the last supper, the tomb of David, the Via Dolores and so on.

And the Jewish Western wall. It was crowded, one of the last days of the religious Soekot festivities. I was surprised we were allowed to mingle between the praying crowds, I had just enough time for this sketch.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Israel day 5: the Negev desert

Day 5 we went to visit the Negev desert, drove along Bedouin settlements, visited the Ben Gurion monuments and the deep canyons in the southern parts of the Negev.
THe visit to Makhtesh Ramon, a huge and very deep crater, was very very impressive.

We stayed in not very uninteresting town Arad, which looked like a former communist eastern Europe city.
There were a lot of otrthodox Jews there, all celebrating the religious Soekov "loofhuttenfeest" feast. No idea how that is translated into English.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Day 3 / 4: massada and the Red Sea

The journey went further, along the river Jordan, Jericho, some Roman excavations, a waterfall etc,
One of the highlights was swimming in the dead sea. Quite funy, but we had to move after a short while, because there was a fierce thunderstorm coming towards us over  the sea. We saw lightning striking the water.
And Massada, a high cliff with remnants of Roman fortifications. In 70 AD jewish resistance occupied the place. After a 3 month siege the Romans conquered the fortress again, only to find that the occupants committed suicide. 1000 men, woman and childeren.

The fortress on the left, view towards the dead sea to the right.

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Israel: day 2 the biblical places

On day 2 we travelled north, to Nazareth where we visited the annunciation grotto. I made a sketch on location there, but it was a horrible one. We also visited the lake of Galilea (now lake of Tiberius, the site of the bread multiplication) the ruins of the house of Petrus, some river Jordan baptism site and some other biblical sites. And ate a so called St. Peterfish. Tasty, but a lot of bones.

After a visit to the Golan Heights (with fantastic views over the country Jordan) and a boat trip over the lake, we ended in Tiberias. Above the view towards the lake, as seen from the hotel room.
And below a sketch of the electrical masts, you see these everywhere.

It was very hot, over 42 degrees C.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Israel: roundtrip day 1

We just returned from a journey across Israel.
A great place, we enjoyed the country very much, in all it's variety.
It was an organized trip; we travelled with a bus, under the inspired guidance of the Dutch/Israeli guide Eli.
Our group consisted of 19 Dutch travellers, most (except one) about our own age. That means seniors of course :)

I did not manage to make a lot of drawings, most were just quick scribbles that I worked out later, in the bus or in the hotel. Like the ones I show here.

Day 0 was occupied by travelling to Israel, to Netanya. There is not so much to tell except for the horrible Hotel.

On day 1 we travelled north to Akko, an old fortified seaside town. Known for the crusaders arriving here in the holy land.
Nice town, lovely bazars, good food, and a secret tunnel connecting the harbour with the quarters of the Knights Templar.
Driving back we visited Haifa, with this beautiful view over the city and the Bahia temple.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Arnhem, the sabelspoort

Another one of the Arnhem sketchday: the old entrance to the city. It's all that's left. In the back the tower of the main church of Arnhem: the Eusebiuschurch.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Arnhem, sketchday

We had another national Sketchday, in Arnhem this time. This is the city where in WW2 operation Marketgarden started, almost to the day 75 years ago.
I made two drawings of the "Devilshouse", which dates back to about 1550. The house (now townhall) is located across the main church of Arnhem.

Legend says that after it was finished the bishop wanted to confiscate the house. The owner of the house added some statues of devils and satyrs facing the church, to piss the bishop off.

Friday, 27 September 2019

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Chateau Vaeshartelt

The castle of Vaeshartelt, just a bit north of Maastricht. Now a conference centre.
There was a wedding on the lawn, in this warm late-summer afternoon. Nice ambience.

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Chateau Neerkanne

Beautiful late summer weather. I took a nice friday afternoon off to make some sketches.
this château Neerkanne, a castle near Maastricht, just at the Belgian border. Actually I was standing ON the border to make this drawing.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

50s girl

I received some goodies at the symposium, one was ecoline markers (water soluble ink). Fantastic stuff. I tried it out in this 50s style portrait (based on a picture).

Monday, 16 September 2019

Windmill St. Hubertusmolen

This morning, driving between Schimmert and Beek, on the top of the hill, I made a quick sketch of this windmill. The St. Hubertusmolen. With windmills you have to be lucky, they head towards the wind. So view is not always good, you have to do it when it's turned correctly.
My radio played Air by J.S.Bach, that's how long it took to draw this.

Sunday, 8 September 2019


Made during a life model session. 50x70cm, acylic on wood.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Monday, 2 September 2019

Lievelde (Achterhoek)

We had a few nice days in one of the more rural areas of the Netherlands, the Achterhoek.
We stayed in this nice old farmhouse, now converted into a hotel.
I made this quick one during breakfast, siting in the warm sun on the terrace.

Friday, 30 August 2019


A business trip to Leiden, a nice old Dutch town. Holland at its best.
The Netherlands had a lovely week with warm weather, all the terraces were filled to the brim.

Monday, 26 August 2019

Amstenrade castle: orangerie

We ae having a heatwave again. But I went out to the nice cool and peacefull park at the castle of Amstenrade. Which is just around the corner from my house.
This is one of the small outbuildings, the Orangerie, as seen from the park.

Friday, 23 August 2019


Quick sketch of a small passage in Maastricht, near the Bisschopsmolen.

Monday, 19 August 2019

Pater Vincktoren

Another one of the sketchcrawl of last saturday, in Maastricht.
This is a part of the Medieval fortifications.
I tried the bamboo-ink method again.

Saturday, 17 August 2019


We had a nice sketchcrawl in Maastricht today, organized by Ruud Otten.
I met a lot of old and a few new friends.
We made drawings on the "Jekerkwartier", near the old fortifications of Maastricht.
This is an old house, a retirementhome for nuns. THe "Faliezusters".
Nowadays I try a new more vivid style of working: drawing with bamboo on good Fabriano paper, and ivid colourswashes.

Friday, 9 August 2019

Portraits during symposium

I managed to make some quick portraits during the Symposium, trying different materials. The first is James Richards, during the Talens workshop. He is instructor of one of the workshops.
I experimented with (Talens) ecoline, I had never tried that before. It's water soluble.

This is Kiah Kiean, a fantastic sketcher. My Bingelrade drawing was inspired by his working method. I used graphite and water soluble pencils in this drawing.

 And this is Evelyn Huang, she also participated in the Rembrandt workshop of Fred Lynch. I had to make a quick inkline drawing, with as little lines as possible.
Chinese ink applied with bamboo stick, and waterproof sepia acrylic ink.

Monday, 5 August 2019


I went out yesterday to draw an old farmhouse, in the process of being restored into its old form.
The farm is located in Bingelrade, just a few kiometers from my home. Actually it's along one of my running-routes, that's when I noticed the building.
I used chinese ink with bamboo pens, pentel paintbrush and some Rembrandt watercolour, on Fabriano 300gr cotton paper.
The ideas of Kiah Kiaen were followed in this drawing, whose demo I attended during the Amsterdam symposium. A very interesting method, with very interesting results.

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Oosterdok, Amsterdam

Saturday, dead tired, but a free moment at last. Just enough time to make a sketch of the boats at the  Oosterdok. The green building is the Nemo museum.
After this the general USk overall group photo was taken, and the final closing party took place.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Fred Lynch workshop

During the symposium there was little time to sketch. But I was able to attend some workshops during the event. Among others the inspiring Fred Lynch. His monochrome drawings are fantastic.
His workshop was called something like: "drawing like Rembrandt". Actually, these scenes are across the street from Rembrandts house.
I learned a lot by working in monochrome, I must do this more often. 

Monday, 29 July 2019

USk symposium Amsterdam 2019

Phew. Finally the Urban Sketching symposium Amsterdam 2019 is over.
Here is the final picture of the event, about 1500 of the approx 2000 sketchers that took part of the event.

The event was lead by Ruud Otten and Gail Howard. I was honoured to be in the core team together with Peggy Otten, Anne Rose Oosterbaan, Roger Klaassen, Linda Toolsema, Peer Wolkers, and the angel of the team, Marleen Dambrink. And about 60 hardworking volunteers. Here is a part of that group.

The conditions under which we had to work were almost unbearable. Nature choose to break the Dutch heatrecords twice during the 4-day symposium. 39,7 Celcius on Wednesday and 40,7 on Thursday. Never before in recorded Dutch history. These were really harsh conditions to work under.
With over 600 symposium and workshop participants and about 2000 sketchers all over town, some things are bound to go wrong. But we heard from all sides that this was the largest and best organised symposium so far.
I am really proud on what we achieved and most of all I am really proud on our Dutch red team.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Meersen, the basilica

Meerssen, the 14th century Gothic basilica. On of the best examples of the gothic "maasland" style. It used to have gothic towers, but these were destroyed in one of the many wars we had in the 16th and 17th century, and never rebuilt. Funny, even though the church is very near, maybe 15 km, we never go there.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Austin 1932

Small and very quick drawing of an Austin, dating back to 1932. Drawn at a vintage car happening in Hoensbroek.