Sketches

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Olst, Overijssel

Business appointment in Olst, a village at the banks of the river "de ijssel".
We were a bit early, and parked on a quiet street in the village to eat some sandwiches (in the car). A moment to catch up on emails and phonecalls. This was the view out of the frontwindow of the car.
Took me 12 minutes to make this drawing. I had forgotten my watercolours, but washing out a Koi brushpen did the trick as well.
It's a very old farm called "De rooze".

Friday, 10 January 2020

Luuk, newborn

A newborn in the family! My niece had a babyson, called Luuk.
He looks lovely.
His parents are very happy to have him, and so are his new grandfather and grandmother.

Monday, 6 January 2020

Somewhere near Vaals

An exercise in watercolour.
This painting is based on a watercolour painting of a scene in Limburg, originally made by the fabulous painter Edo Hannema. His painting was a winter-scene, and I wondered what would be needed to turn it into a summer-scene. But still keep the same idea about contrasts.
I think painting was succelfull in this respect, but not as good as Edo's scene.
I had not done wet-in-wet technique for a long time, I must do it more often, it was a pleasure to do.
Watercolour on Fabriano A4 paper.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Chinatown NYC: underpainting

I started another serious painting again. A cityscape, of a picture I made last April in New York City. It's a location in Chinatown, where East Broadway crosses the Manhattan Bridge, an underpass.
The scene is in the rain, it was pouring that day. The basic photograph was taken on the go, while walking, it's not that good.


The location doesn't look like much on google streetview.
Anyway, this is just the underpainting (to get the composition and colorthemes right).
On canvas 50x60cm, so far with acrylics.
Next step is to adapt the scene to strengthen the scene, take out those elements that don't enhance the story.
Then painting it with oils. (I use Cobra watersoluble oilpaint).

I hope it will work out.