Friday, 15 February 2019

Visitors at the library

I was at the library of Maastricht, looking for some good books to read.
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

Maastricht Noorderbrug

The road to nowhere.
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


The faint smell of cinnamon greeted us when we finally arrived at Shin-Koyh.
(a lunchtime doodle that went a bit too far...)

Monday, 4 February 2019

Toys for Angry Architects

Toys for Angry Architects. Pencil and watercolourpencil (Dürer and Inktense).

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Julia in Kees van Dongen style

Live portrait session. Julia, our spanish model again.
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

Anoher one from C-mine

Another location sketch of C-mine in Genk. The whole (former) coal mine is full of machines like these.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

C-mine Genk.

I had some time left on Sunday, my wife was shopping. I went to a cultural centre in Genk Belgium, which is housed in a former coal mine. The generator hall is still intact, like it was when the mie was still in function. The large wheel served to roll the cables, who went up the tower, and down the elevator shafts.
Even though it was inside, it was pretty cold.

Monday, 21 January 2019

12 nudes

Some time ago I bought a Hahnemühle Kraft paper book.
I made some drawings with black ink and white marker in them.
Just exercises in shape and shadow. 

In total I wanted to do 12 nudes. I will not show all of them, here are 4 of the better ones.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Saturday, 12 January 2019


Live portrait session, Isabel, the daughter of Annemiek. Acrylic, about 50x60cm.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Rainy night on the coast

Just a drawing, non-waterproof ink washed out with white gouache and watercolour.

Friday, 4 January 2019


Urban sketch of a schoolbus, standing on a parking lot near my office.
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
geduldig wachten
in kou en warme nachten
op jou en jou en jou
kijk ze staan
tot elk zijn kant op zal gaan

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Chateau Neercanne

First, best wishes for the new year. may it be a happy, healthy and fruitful one.
Another go at the Chateau Neercanne building. I made this with gouache (not on location though).
Maybe I'll turn this into a painting once.