Monday, 10 June 2019
Friday, 7 June 2019
Sunday, 2 June 2019
Even though I could not relive the visuals of that dream, the idea stuck, and evolved into this drawing. Odysseus in his steampunk ship, passing between the sirens (which look quite different here than in the original mythology, I know, but that is called artistic freedom)
Monday, 27 May 2019
Saturday, 25 May 2019
Even though I did my best, and ther drawing is remeniscent of his face, it's not Finn.
Still, I always learned that it is difficult enough to make a drawing in which the person looks alive. I think I succeeded to do that anyway. Drawing babies from life is very, very hard.
Saturday, 18 May 2019
Thursday, 16 May 2019
Coming from a country where nearly all electrical cables are underground this was a fascinating sight.
I now know why the Spiderman comics originated in the States. Inspiration around every corner.....
Monday, 13 May 2019
Saturday, 11 May 2019
Wednesday, 8 May 2019
We wanted to attend an early Sunday mass, and took the risk to go to Brooklyn, the renowned choir that won several Grammys and sang at the inauguration of Obama (that seems already ages ago).
We were welcomed heartily. I was given permission to sketch, which i did when they were still doing voice exercises before mass. When they started to sing I didn't want to draw anymore, but only wanted to enjoy the music.
I also liked the mass itself by the way, I loved they way the priest did his sermon. A real show, so unlike what we are used to here in Europe.
Sunday, 5 May 2019
They were paying their respects for Christopher Slutman, a Marine and ex-NYC fireman, who died during a roadbomb attack in Afghanistan, early April.
There were large amounts of policemotors, some firetrucks, policecars and a group of bagpipes.
Very impressive, especially in our European eyes.
May he rest in peace.
Thursday, 2 May 2019
This meant we did the usual tourist things, but also a few new ones.
I have made sketches of these two scenes before, but I could not resist to do them again.
The view towards the statue of liberty, from the Staten Island Ferry. It was a quick one, I only had like 10 minutes to do this one.
I loved the city, and will show a few more drawings.
Monday, 22 April 2019
Saturday, 20 April 2019
I made this drawing back in October 2009, during a visit to Paris. There was a Maria procession on the Seine. I just could not leave this event unnoted.
Sunday, 14 April 2019
Thursday, 11 April 2019
I made this drawing (size A4) for a friend, Bert.
Some 20 years ago he initiated a "Kowrenne" group, of which I was part as well. Later we split up into different groups, but I must say that theirs (Cow B) was even more successful as ours (Cow H).
We stopped some 5 years ago, they last year. This drawing is of their last run. The contest is quite physically demanding, and yes, we all get older.
I made the drawing for his birthday.
Sunday, 7 April 2019
Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Sunday, 24 March 2019
I also took the opportunity to go out and sketch. It was beautiful spring weather.
I made this at the Nieuwmarkt, the Waag. In the middle ages goods used to be officially weighted here, and taxes to be paind. It's still a beautiful building.
In front is the daily market.
Monday, 11 March 2019
Saturday, 9 March 2019
Saturday, 2 March 2019
Based on a picture. Acrylic and oil pastel 50x60cm
It was a difficult procedure, following Christianne Knops ideas. The different stages:
stage 3: different colourfields, extending beyond the border. Each field should show a little of the previous one. Linework should behave freely around the colourfields, not restrict them. This was how last week ended.
Stage 4: today, just painting a totally different colour on top. This was very difficult to do, I had to give up on the parts I loved the most. Killing your darlings.
Stage 6: Due to the arms, the clothes were too bleak. I added a contrast colour, carefully leaving traces of the old layers visible.
Stage 8 (final, see the first image): the dress was interesting of colour, but alltogether too flat. I added an extra layer of purple-grey.
I also adjusted the background.
Then the linework again, with orange white and black oil pastel.
The point is: when to stop. I worked over 4 hours on this, and could have gone on.
But I reached the point where I had the feeling that whatever I added would not make it better or more interesting.
I guess that is the learning point.
Sunday, 24 February 2019
That is a lot of work, checking if the proposed locations are okay or the instructors, and proposing better alternatives. Most instructors are unfamiliar with Amsterdam.
In our Art class we are preparing for an exhibition in May. And we have a new assignment: painting in gthe style of Christianne Knops. We did that before, some 3 or 4 years ago, always an interesting treatment of the subjects: the play of line and coloured fields.
These is the unfinished painting that I am working on. It's loosely based on a picture of my daughter with my grandson Willem.
But the posture was what iterested me.
I am trying to finish it next weekend.
Friday, 15 February 2019
I was able to make some sketches there of the visitors.
The above guy was sitting next to me and was listening to the vast CD collection. But he fell asleep while listening. He woke up half an hour later, I had finished this sketch by then.
The other man was readig the newspaper in the library cafe.
Sunday, 10 February 2019
This is the old access to the Noorderbrug in Maastricht. Actually, they moved a complete concrete bridge over the river Maas, amybe half mile long. on the east side it stayed where is was, it was hoisted and slowly turned. On te west side it now lands some 100 meter up north, improving the run of the roads and traffic flow enormously. But the old connection to the former location of the bridge is still there......
Thursday, 7 February 2019
Monday, 4 February 2019
Saturday, 2 February 2019
We had to try out painting using Kees van Dongen style elements.
Kees van Dongen was a Dutch collegue of Henri Matisse and was part of the Fauvism movement, early last century.
The idea is to make a black background, and then paint coloured parts over it in a "woolly" fashion. The black should shimmer through the strokes.
By leaving the connection between the painted areas uncoloured, you create lines with a very different feel then if you had painted those lines.
Below you see a picture of Julia in front of the finished painting.
Thursday, 31 January 2019
Tuesday, 29 January 2019
Even though it was inside, it was pretty cold.
Monday, 21 January 2019
Sunday, 13 January 2019
Saturday, 12 January 2019
Thursday, 10 January 2019
Friday, 4 January 2019
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
in kou en warme nachten
op jou en jou en jou
kijk ze staan
tot elk zijn kant op zal gaan