Sketches

Saturday, 26 September 2020

House on the Jeker

 

Huis aan de Jeker (house on the stream "Jeker"). The Jeker is a small stream that runs through Maastricht. For large parts it's hidden behind and under buildings, but here is a small house that hangs over the stream. I wanted to draw it for a long time, I had the chance yesterday.

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Jan Siebelink

  

Unfortunately, due to Corona, live model drawing is not possible anymore. I am doing a course with Annemiek Jongen again, on portrait drawing. These are the first excercises: charcoal drawings

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Thumbnails

Some thumbnail sketches of plants and trees. Autumn will be there soon
 

Friday, 11 September 2020

Vogelzang in Puth


Vogelzang ("singing birds") in Puth, a small village near where I live. I went there to draw the old farmhouse, but by chance chatted with the lady of the house, Marietje van der Linden. She is an sculpture artist (or rather jewelry designer), but her house is full of works by her husband, son and daughter in law. I saw fantsatic works, big and small. And was allowed to draw the inner courtyard, feauturing some of her stuff.

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Sleeping Sheep

 

I am not working a lot in our office nowadyas, so those days I have to go, I use the bicycle. It has been nice weather lately anyway. Last monday I saw this along the road, a few sheep dozing off under a flatbed. It took a few minutes to make this quick sketch.

Friday, 28 August 2020

Ford F500 (1951)

 

Went out drawing again, to draw some nice old cars (on location). I found these beauties in front of an vintage car restauration workshop, in Heerlen.

It's a Ford F500 truck, dating back from about 1951. On the right there is a Dodge van, on the left a chevrolet, no idea about model or year.

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Quaira

  

The city of Quaira, in the Stellae desert. Ink drawing, digitally coloured.

Monday, 24 August 2020

Jan Vermeerlaan

 My brother became 60. He likes older romantic paintings from the early 20th century.

So I made a small contribution to his small collection of paintings: a romantic do-it-yourself painting, including a rural scene and his own house. Just a bit of fun.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Schinnen Wolfhagen

 

Just another scene from Schinnen, the view into a courtyard of an old farmhouse.

Friday, 14 August 2020

Huis Fabritius

 

House Fabritius is a fortified farmhouse in Schinnen, in a hamlet called Wolfhagen (wolf's hedges). It dates back to 1615, and has a long history, housing both Sheriffs and cruel gangs of robbers. These gangs were called Bokkerijders (Goat riders). This was because they came and went so fast, people said they could only do this with the help of the devil. And riding on the back of goats. I was told there is even a hidden cave a little up the hill where they stacked the loot. Don't know if that's true; even though I am more or less a local I have no idea where it's at.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Jan Decleir portrait

My painting was finished last monday. I should add that the original photo by Koos Breukel was also very good. But still, it was quite a challenge to get it right. It took me 4 stages to paint this, with each a week in between (oils have to dry): 

1: underpainting (below, left),

2: shadows, blues and the parts which should look like further away (below, top right)

3: light parts and the parts that shold come forward. (below bottom right)

4: finish and highlights (zee final painting above).

 

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Zara

Zara, our granddaughter, stayed here at our home for a day. What a joy. I made this pendrawing, which I coloured with digital means.

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

AEC Matador

I was randomly cyling through Heerlen, when I came across this beautiful, fully restored AEC Matador. A small truck from World War 2. It looked like new.
I talked to the proud owner, who had more of these restauration projects under way. I saw the remnants of some other old machines. Some kind of a hobby!

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Loempia in Hoensbroek




Loempia's are the Dutch word for Vietnamese Spring rolls.
I saw this guy standing next to a little foodtruck on the main square in Hoensbroek. I did not have a sketchbook, just took a quick hazy picture and made this drawing at home.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Antwerp

I had a business trip to Antwerp last friday. Took the opportunity to make this little sketch from the parking lot. It was just a few days before they shut down Antwerp, due to too many Corona cases.
They even have curfew today. It looks more and more like war.

Monday, 20 July 2020

Jan Decleir plays Beethoven

Started on an oilpainting again. This is the underpainting.
It's based on a picture of a Belgian actor, Jan Decleir. But it also looks like beethoven, maybe Jan should take up that part one day.
I am pretty happy with this first stage. The next stages will give a lot of opportunities to spoil this nice start.

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Something Silly

Something quite silly. Based on something I saw in a dream, but that was a fountain in a 80's post-modern city square.

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Monday, 6 July 2020

Cadillac in Merkelbeek

Oilpainting: A vintage Cadillac, standing on a driveway in a little village in the Netherlands.
60x50cm on Canvas.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

85 your old man

a quick drawing, made after a picture on the internet. Couldn't find the original photographer.
It's supposed to be a guy living on the streets for almost 50 years, at 85 years of age. I have no idea how someone can survive that way.
Made with watercolour pencil (Caran d'Ache Technalo) and acrylic markers.