Thursday, 5 May 2022

Berlin Alexanderplatz

Berlin, the view from our hotel window towards Alexanderplatz. Motel One. It was early sunday morning, so the square was still very quiet.

Thursday, 28 April 2022

Berlin: Hackeschen Markt


We had a nice weekend in Berlin, with a group of friends. Arrived on Saturday, left on Tuesday. Roamed through the city, which was no ordeal as the weather was perfect: real early Spring.

I was not able to make elaborate sketches, if you are with a group, you have to adapt. This is a quick impression of one of the terraces at the station "Hackeschen Markt", one of the major S-bahn stations.

Friday, 15 April 2022


 After 2 years of Corona, symposia are getting organized again. This is one in Den Bosch in the "Brabanthallen", about fire safety and alarm systems. Managed to make a quick sketch.

Thursday, 7 April 2022



As part of a "drawing"game, a group of us split up the map of Barcelona. I choose one, which I worked out. All drawings will lead to a patchwork of a map of Barcelona. Bolow the yet unfinished status as of yesterday.

An initiative of Laura Sfiat from Boston.

Thursday, 31 March 2022

Joe (from Patrick Joust)

Found this picture by Patrick Joust on Flickr. Watercolour portrait excercise.

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Maastricht, Graanmarkt

Ruud, Zoe and I went into the city after a meeting. Sat down to sketch the backside of the Onze Lieve Vrouwe basilica. We were sitting on a covered terrace, it was nnice as long as the sun shone. But at a ertain moment the cold wind changed direction and we got the full blow. It's still March of course.

Saturday, 19 March 2022

Cafe Douwe Egberts

 Very quick sketch of a couple sitting in a quiet corner, this morning. Maastricht.

Friday, 18 March 2022

Learning from Nick Runge


Trying to master watercolour. I found a watercolour by Nick Runge of an old man, and I tried to see how his colours and highlights work. I was rather happy with the result, even though I see a lot of possible improvement. 

But I am not even coming close to the original artwork. Still a lot to learn.

Wednesday, 16 March 2022



Live model painting session. At the atelier of Annemiek. Denise (I think she was called that way). Interesting model.

Saturday, 5 March 2022

Herkerather Kapelle


This afternoon, even though it was cold, due to the lack of wind it was nice in the sun. This little chapel (dating fron 1883) is standing quite lonely in the middle of  barren fields. And quite inaccessible, as it is just across the border in Germany. Even though there are no real borders between the Netherlands and Germany anymore, that does not mean all roads and paths are running unobstructed.

Friday, 4 March 2022

Aldous Huxley


Trying to improve my watercolour portrait skills. This was inspired by a watercolor portrait made by Fabian Bartz. I made a copy, to see how to make the colours work. 

Actually, "Brave new world" is one of my favourite novels.

Friday, 25 February 2022

Elsloo from the canal

Drawn yesterday, from a viewpoint on the path along the Juliana channel. All the while I was listening to the radio, total in horror about the Russian invasion in the Ukraine. What a world we live in.

Tuesday, 15 February 2022



Making a walk with your pet became a popular pastime during Corona days.

As seen this afternoon on the Jeugrubbenweg in Hoensbroek.

Sunday, 30 January 2022

Medieval Quarantine tower


Our Castle (Hoensbroek). This is the Plague tower, meant to quarantine the sick in medieval times. It wouldn't have enough room for these days.

It was cold outside, the watercolour would take a long time to dry.

Tuesday, 25 January 2022



I am not very fond of this drawing. It was cold and drizzling, I stood on the Market on Maastricht. A guy was waiting in front of a restaurant. They were preparing some food, for him to take to the customer.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022



Drawing of Fabienne, based on a picture by Marij Ruyters-Teeuwen, our Neighbour.

Sunday, 16 January 2022



Another try on watercolour. Same theme, thunderclouds. But now transposed on the view from the Harbour of Hellevoetsluis (translates as: the lock at the feet of the devil). Not made on location, but based on a picture I made some years ago.

Thursday, 13 January 2022

After the rain

Trying out watercolours. After an example by Dan Marshall. On Fabriano paper.

Sunday, 9 January 2022

It was cold in Thull.


It was cold this afternoon, just above freezing, with a strong wind. Watercold we call that here. But I really wanted to go out and draw something. This is a hill with footpath, the "Mulderwegske" in Thull, just 2 km from my house. The cold shows, I think.