Monday, 10 May 2021



We had a nice little long weekend in a cottage in a holiday camp on the Veluwe. In Hoenderloo. Fortunately the weather was nice (even though we have had better temperatures in previous May's). Especially on Sunday the temperature was comfortable. The cottages are spread widely over a slightly hilly forest; this is the actual view from terrace of our cottage. It's quite relaxing to draw with some nice music on my hearing aids.

Monday, 26 April 2021

Wijnandsrade: the castle


This is the inner courtyard of the Castle of Wijnandsrade. Just about 5 km from my house. It was nice spring weather, a bit cold, but the sun was very bright. I had trouble with the colours, I could not distinguish the different colours in  my watercolourbox. I had to wash out some of the colour of the sky, and add a touch of ochre in the facade. I think it's okay now.

Friday, 23 April 2021

Wijnandsrade: Coffee to go


Went out Urban sketching again. All terraces and café's have been closed for half a year now. But often you can get coffee to go. Here some cyclists rested on the bridge of Castle Wijnandsrade. It was pleasant in the sun.

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Mars Wrigley in Veghel


Today this watercolour painting of  a microbiology laboratory was handed to our client, Mars-Wrigley  in Veghel.

This is not only my painting, but the building is also my design. I made the first sketches for this building back in 2018, the construction was finished a few months ago. 

Unfortunately I have not been able to visit the building due to Corona travel restrictions. I really hope to see the finished buidling in reality some time soon.

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Ridder Jeroen (7): the Hydra


Page 7 of "The strange travels of Lord Pentamundo" (or in Dutch: "De vreemde avonturen van Ridder Jeroen").

“Aha” the knight said, “I will see what I can do.” He climbed the steep road towards the ruin. De smell of Sulphur and old fire was unbearable. And so was the harsh shouting. Obviously a fierce quarrel.

Inside the cave he was surprised to see a loudly quarreling seven headed dragon, and another strange tentacled creature. The Knight had to shout to get over the terrible noise. He said “I am the Knight who does not know who he is. What’s going on here?”

The seven heads fell silent for a brief moment. Then the first spoke: “We are the Hydra. Last week’s storm made this beautiful creature fall through our ceiling!” The second head shouted: “And now you think that she is in love with YOU?” And the third: “How can she love you, with your ugly yellow teeth!” “Hear, who is calling names!” ”You’re just jealous!” “Who? On you? Ha!”.

In seconds the noise was deafening.

Saturday, 27 March 2021


I am fond of drawing with red ink Fude pens nowadays. Yesterday afternoon, in one of those ancient "hollow roads" I was able to make this quick sketch. I had forgotten to bring my watercoourset, so I decided to fill the colours digitally. Using Gimp.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Ridder Jeroen (6): Jake

Page 6 of "the strange travels of Lord Pentamundo or in Dutch: "De vreemde avonturen van Ridder Jeroen".

Now our Knight knew what to do: four quests to win the heart the Countess.

So he jumped on his flying horse and flew away. But it was late, and the sun set slowly behind the dark shadow of another castle.

Suddenly he heard a young boy sobbing. He was sitting on a fence and staring at his dark lantern.

The Knight asked curiously: “My dear boy, what is troubling you? How can I be of service?”

The boy looked up and said: “I am Jake, and I live in that little village over there. Since the storm of last week we don’t have any fire or light left!”   

The Knight looked to the dark village.

Jake went on: “A seven-headed and fire spitting dragon lives in the tower of that castle. But she is very sweet: she offers us her fire for free. And that is so sparkling and beautiful that we are able to sell it to the other villages."

"But now we don’t get anything anymore. We don’t know what to do now!"

Sunday, 21 March 2021



Riding my bike this morning. I came across this scene, one of the country roads near my house, between BIngelrade and Etzenrade. Just a few 100 meters from the German border.

Friday, 19 March 2021

Geleen, Sint Janskluis

 Happened to be in Geleen. It's not an old town, it grew mostly between 30's and 80's, due to the coalmines and a huge chemical plant. There is one old building however, this 1699 Sint Janskluis. A small chapel/church. In those dangerous times (there were bloody gangs, and a lot of foreign empires that had set their eye on these parts: Prussians, Austrians, Spanish, French, Holland) a building like this also served as refuge, hence the thick walls.

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Castle Hoensbroek From the animal park.

Early Sunday morning. Usually I go running on sundaymornings. But I had a muscle injury, so I went out to draw instead. I had seen this view of the castle during one of the running rounds, usually this view is full of trees. Unfortunately it was quite cold, the paint would not dry decently. Still, I am pleased with the result.

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Ridder Jeroen (5): The Oracle


Lord Pentamundo page 5: the Oracle

"The belly of our Knight was totally filled; only four cakes were left.

He was totally in love and exclaimed: “Dear Countess! Behold my eternal Love! How can I conquer your heart?”

The Countess was surprised “But you will have to ask the Oracle! It predicted your arrival! Only yesterday I was told: “Through his stomach a man’s Love will show. Soup or Dessert is all you need to know!”

They both took the leftover cakes and went to the cellar.

The Countess asked: “Dear Oracle, this Knight (who still doesn’t know who he is) seeks your advice!” The Oracle was surprised to see the cakes, they ate three of them with joy.

Then they looked -still hungry- at the remaining cake and said enviously: “My lady, three mouths for four dishes means hell; but four ingredients in one meal will taste extremely well.”

Our Knight immediately knew what to do."