Monday, 25 September 2023

Tante Jo, Lievelde.


My aunt, Jo Jaartsveld, was living in Lievelde (Achterhoek). But she passed away last February. Last Saturday my mother and I visited her house for the last time, to pick up some souvenirs. And we visited my aunt Coby in Winterswijk (age 99).

I bought a new type of sketchbook, a Moleskine size portrait A5. I tested the booklet by drawing her portrait, after a photograph we made last year, when my aunt was still well. The white line in the middle is the spine of the sketchbook. Moleskine A5 and a Duke Confucius fude-fountain pen.

Saturday, 16 September 2023

Brunssummerheide: a tree

Yesterday afternoon, an old tree on the Brunssummerheide. Drawn with a Lamy Joy Calligraphy fountain pen.

Tuesday, 12 September 2023

Ridderkerk, another boat


This probably the last of the Ridderkerk Harbour drawings. My businesstrips to one of the firms in the area are finished. This is the last one of my (belated) lunchbreak drawings. After a three hour drive, we usually had meetings without a break between 11 and 3 o'clock. After that I took a one hour lunchbreak at the harbour and make these drawings, before heading my way back south.

In this one the fountain pen (a Hero fude fountainpen) ran out of ink halfway, I had to finish it at home.

Friday, 8 September 2023

Beek (ZL) Hubertusmolen


Coming back from the dentist, I took a sketching lunchbreak. Drawing the Hubertus molen along the road between Beek and Schimmert.

Sunday, 27 August 2023

Ridderkerk tow boat

Another business meeting in Ridderkerk, and a lunchbreak sitting on one of the small harbours. There were some old towboats there.

Friday, 25 August 2023

Rhodos Askiplio


Askiplio is in the middle of the island. Just two weeks ago they had huge forest fires, 10% of the island was burned. This village was in the middle of that area, luckily the houses were not destroyed, but all the hills were black and charred. We saw several burned out cars and sheds, only a few burnt houses. Depressing.

Wednesday, 23 August 2023

Rhodos, Rhodos city

Rhodos city, a lovely city, even though there are a lot of tourists, it is still very much a living city. This is a view from the walled city towards the harbour.

Monday, 21 August 2023

Rhodos, Faliraki (3): Family house

 View of the swimming pool of our appartment complex "Family house" in Faliraki.

Saturday, 19 August 2023

Rhodos, Faliraki


Rhodos. VIew from the balcony of our appartment, "Family house". We enjoyed the small size complex, the owners were very friendly.

Monday, 14 August 2023

Rhodos, Faliraki.

Just returned from a nce holiday in Greece, the island of Rhodos. We had a great holiday.

This is the view on the little harbour of Faliraki, as seen from the terraces on the beach. Lying ojn the beach is not our thing, but drinking coffee and eating ice on the terraces with this view certainly is.

Thursday, 3 August 2023

Any-Martin-Rieux: 5th and last painting

I made this in the courtyard of our lodging, on the last day of our painting holiday.

Saturday, 29 July 2023


A fantasy drawing, Oniropolis (dream city). Inspired by Piranesi and Sant'Elia. One of these drawings that develop on the way.

Tuesday, 25 July 2023

Abstract landscape

One of the paintings I made in France, trtying to turn a landscape into something more abstract, with focus on making the painted areas as interesting as possible, without losing the composition. A bit like Rothko.

Sunday, 23 July 2023

Dungeons and dragons

My son plays Dungeons and dragons with a close group of friends. Buddies he still sees every friday evening, from his highschool days. He is the DND-master, that means he determines the story. They did a difficult quest, and just lost in the final battle. It happens. He asked me to make a drawing of his group (the Carnelians), and I came up with this. 

Ink drawing, scanned and filled with digital colouring. Really fun to do.

Tuesday, 18 July 2023

Any-Martin-Rieux (3)

The hills over Any-Martin-Rieux, near our Chambre d'hotes. Just when I had finished, an angry farmer dropped by, and said we were standing on private property. It looked like a country road, but who are we to know for sure. Actually, that was not the first time a farmer sent us away. Usually French are very friendly, but I assume we should have asked around in the village who the owner is, and asked permission before we started.

Friday, 14 July 2023

Girl on the train

On the train, this girl sat across the aisle. Very quick sketch with watercolour pencils.

Tuesday, 11 July 2023

Aubenton, France


A door of a workshop in Aubenton, the North of France.

I made this on location, using ribber carton, local newspapers, tilemortar on a wooden basis. And acrylic paint.

I tried to get the idea of the door.

Here you see a picture of the door, with the painting in the corner. It was fun to make.

Saturday, 8 July 2023

Den Bosch: Hieronymus Bosch


Day 2 of the National Urban Sketching weekend in 's Hertogenbosch. I gave the perspective workshop again, so I had little time to sketch myself. I did this one on the central market place, a statue of the famous Den Bosch painter: Hieronymus Bosch. Not the L.A. detective by the way....

Monday, 3 July 2023

Den Bosch, the St. Jan

We had a great weekend in 's Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch), where I helped to organize a 2 day Urbn sketching meeting. I gave workshops on perspective drawing for urban sketchers.

Just in between the workshop and the social activities I had the opportunity to make this sketch. It was drizzling a bit, but I was protected by a screen above the terrace where I was sitting. With a nice cup of coffee. What a joy. I used a fude pen with Platinum ink and some watercolour in my Moleskine A4 notebook.