I treated it as a study in values.
Friday, 13 December 2019
Friday, 6 December 2019
Monday, 2 December 2019
Friday, 29 November 2019
Saturday, 23 November 2019
Wednesday, 20 November 2019
Sunday, 17 November 2019
Friday, 15 November 2019
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
The next day the plane was already waiting. A great country.
Sunday, 10 November 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sunday, 6 October 2019
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
Saturday, 21 September 2019
Thursday, 19 September 2019
Monday, 16 September 2019
My radio played Air by J.S.Bach, that's how long it took to draw this.
Sunday, 8 September 2019
Friday, 6 September 2019
Monday, 2 September 2019
Friday, 30 August 2019
Monday, 26 August 2019
Friday, 23 August 2019
Monday, 19 August 2019
Saturday, 17 August 2019
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
I experimented with (Talens) ecoline, I had never tried that before. It's water soluble.
Chinese ink applied with bamboo stick, and waterproof sepia acrylic ink.
Monday, 5 August 2019
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
Thursday, 1 August 2019
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
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.
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.