Showing posts with label Nederland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nederland. Show all posts

Friday, 8 August 2014

Body Worlds, Amsterdam

Body Worlds (formerly Körperwelten) is an anatomy exhibition in Amsterdam. It used to be a travelling exhibition, which we visited before in Cologne and Antwerp, but it has a permanent location in Amsterdam now.
I would like to state that I have my reservations about this show. They use real corpses, which are treated with a kind of plastic, and then cut up to show the insides. It's hard to realise these have been living men and women. I also would like to add that the persons involved have volunteered to be displayed like this.
Having said this, it's quite interesting to see how we people are built up: it's unbelievable how intricate our body is put together. And how can such a complicated system be reproduced, again and again, generation after generation. And grow, maintain and repair itself.
Each time I see it, I stand in awe.

Anyway, there was an artist day, a special day enabling artists to draw and study the subjects.
This is one of the sketches. Arches paper, 70x33cm, watercolour pencil (Faber-CAstell) and waterbrush.
I had to scan the drawing in parts, and fit them together with GIMP software. Still, the top of the drawing is missing.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Slot Zeist

Here is a quick sketch of last week, one I didn't have time to post yet. Too busy with work, burglar aftermath, moving my son to another apartment, my wife's birthday and Christmas/Sinterklaas preparations. December.
I made this one in the dark, that's why I used black/white. I had no idea about the colour, but could see enough for the shapes of things. And all the time a little girl with a dog called Nielsson chatted with me. One of those little elements that I keep remembering when I look at the drawing.

Friday, 29 November 2013


Went to a congress centre near Utrecht this week for a two day course in sustainability.
The centre was located in the woods, very beautiful. But the days are dark, not much chance to make walks and enjoy the park.
Except the first morning, I was able to make a walk and a little quick sketch of an old tree trunk loaded with mushrooms.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Zeist Town hall

Zeist, this weekend. Our room on the 4th floor of the Figi hotel gave view to the Zeist town hall across the street. I seem to be lucky with my hotelrooms lately...
Anyway, it took a few stolen minutes in the early morning, just before breakfast, to make the ink drawing. I did the painting at home: the weekend was meant for me and my wife, not for my sketchbooks.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Clarenburg, Utrecht

My wife Gertie and I had a nice weekend in Zeist and Utrecht. We had the most perfect weather on Saturday, I can't remember these high temperatures so late in October. I made this quick sketch sitting on a terrace of a café on "achter Clarenburg" in the citycenter.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Koolhoven FK23

At our visit to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, you would expect me to redraw a few of the famous paintings on display. But this was a rare chance: to draw a real old airplane. It was on display in the attic of the museum: a Dutch Koolhoven FK23 Bantam, dating back to 1917, the 1st World war.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

I visited the reopened Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam a few days ago, together with my daughter Rianne. It's the museum with the nachtwacht (the night watch), which was hard to see properly because of all the tourists standing in front of it.
I did not want to draw a Rembrandt or Vermeer (who could possibly improve on that) so I drew the library instead. As seen from above, from the gallery on the first floor.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

King Willem Alexander

Yesterday our Queen Beatrix resigned, and was followed up by our new King Willem Alexander. The first man to take the throne after some 120 years.
The installation was in Amsterdam, but there were festivities all over the country. We went to Eindhoven, where the festivities were dedicated to the youth: spread all over the city centre I counted at least 9 podia, with deejays playing Hiphop, Dance and House music. Also a few live bands.
These two (not so young) Dutchmen were sitting on a low wall enjoying a glass of beer in the Spring sun on the central market place, watching the official ceremonies on the big overhead screens. While enduring the heavy beats and deep basses of the music.

Below a sketch of the freemarket near the PSV stadium. Even if it was pretty crowded, it was not as lively as the one in Utrecht that we visited in recent years.    

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Palmtree in the snow

Palmtrees in the middle of winter!
I noticed these two palmtrees today, standing in the front lawn of the neighbour of our veterinarian (Provinciale weg, Oirsbeek).
They were located under a plastic sheet, held together with wires, to protect them against snow and cold. 
Standing as a symbol of our longing for warmer days.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Winter in March

What can I say. I hate this winter. I made this sketch this afternoon, during lunchbreak, looking out from my office window over a fresh layer of 15 cm of snow.
I mean: it's already halfway March, I should be doing the first chores in my garden by now. Instead I am clearing snow from the pavement in front of my house. Grmmmmpfff.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Rokin, Amsterdam

I was in Amsterdam last sunday, to visit the reopened "stedelijk museum", a museum about modern art.
It was quite nice weather, fresh but not too cold. The snow is more or less gone.
I made this sketch on the Rokin, near the starting point of the canal cruises "Rondvaart Kooij".
For those not too familiar with Amsterdam, the alley behind the bridge leads towards the red light district.

Sunday, 24 February 2013


I was in Eindhoven this week, for work. During lunchbreak I made a walk to the center of town, and made this drawing on the market looking toward the old factory buildings of Philips on the Emmasingel, .
I was told the big blue building is called "the blob". That figures.
I made the drawing on location, but I had forgotten to bring the paint. Did that at home.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Oudezijds voorburgwal

Remember that I posted a drawing of a public urinal somewhere in Belgium, thinking they are becoming extinct?
I found another one, in Amsterdam, on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal, next to the Oude Kerk (old church).
In the heart of the red light district.

I am told everyone calls them "de krul" (the curl), quite obvious that name.

Funny: there are two small statues on each side of the entrance, depicting a man doing what he has to do.

It was freezing when I drew this; I painted it in a nice warm café a few minutes later.

Friday, 9 November 2012

St. Servaas

Yesterday during lunchbreak I walked to the citycenter of Maastricht.
The weather was rather mild for the time of year.
This is a sketch of the backside of the St. Servaas basilica. Actually, it's the entrance side, but the altar side of the St. Servaas is located next to the Vrijthof (a large market square), so everybody consideres that side to be the front.
Here is a drawing of the Vrijthof side: Vrijthof

Thursday, 26 July 2012


A day to Amsterdam, for shopping and a visit to the Hermitage. A sat on a wall somewhere on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal eating french fries and mayonaise, to sketch this. No, I did not smoke anything...

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Gate in Amstenrade

I felt like sketching this evening. Stayed close to home this time.
A gate in one of the outbuildings of the Castle of Amstenrade, just opposite the church.
Poort in een van de bijgebouwen van kasteel Amstenrade, tegenover het laantje naar de kerk.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012


Last friday I visited the Floriade in Venlo with a group of fellow architects of the BNA.
The floriade is a park exhibition organised once every 10 years in the Netherlands.
We visited the Innovatoren by architect Jo Coenen and Villa Flora with its impressive energy saving installations.
But most impressing was the painting I saw on the 12th and highest floor of the tower. It was a 3D painting by Patrick Hughes, and I have never seen such a mindboggling painting in my life. I can describe here how it works, but not what it does to your mind when you see it in reality. I can only say it's made in reversed perspective, if you have the chance go and see for yourself (the exhibition is not open to normal public by the way).
I made the above sketch in 5 minutes from that 12th floor, looking over the park.

On request: a video of a similar painting by Patrick Hughes: note that the filmer moves in the other direction than what you would expect. And it's oilpiant on wood!
Also an explanation by the artist: 

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Eindhoven rain

I had to spend a day in our Tebodin office in Eindhoven.
We could not get outside during luchtime.
So I decided to draw the view from the 3rd floor of the office, the backside of some houses across the street.

All it ever does is rain.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Three for Ackland

Three for Ackland.
The Urban Sketchers organisation asked us to contribute to an exposition, in order to raise money for the USK.
The exposition will be held in the Ackland museum, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
I decided to contribute, and made these three drawings for the occasion. I made them on three different continents, three different places, three different cultures, all of which I visited within one week.
First USA, Baton Rouge for business, then back home, Amstenrade in the Netherlands, and after that a citytrip to Istanbul with my wife.
I attached a real token of each place to the drawings: a Hagia Sofia entrance ticket, a part of the package of flowerseeds that I bought at the gardencentre which forms part of the castle, and the label of a bottle of Louisiana chilli sauce.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012


The castle of Amstenrade, a few hundred meters from my house. I made this drawing before I returned home after work. While I was drawing this scene a member of the family (yes, the castle is still inhabited by a count) came around to warn me that I had to be careful because I was standing in the middle of driveway. I did. Well, I assume in reality she was just curious what I was doing....... ;)
Schets van ons kasteel; dat van Amstenrade dus. Terwijl ik de tekening in inkt zette, kwam een lid van de familie van de graaf kijken wat ik daar stond te doen. Op dat moment stond ik in het midden van de inrit, en dat is nou niet de meest veilige plek. Je moet soms wat risico nemen voor een mooie prent.