Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Duke Confucius sketch

 I have a new fountainpen: a Duke Confucius 551. Great pen. The pen makes everything between very thick and very thin lines. A quick sketch after a picture.

Saturday, 26 November 2022



Saw this yesterday during my running excercise, a country road between Merkelbeek and Bingelrade. Painted it today.

Thursday, 24 November 2022

Saturday, 19 November 2022



A few days ago I made a business trip to Zoetermeer. But I had planned on traffic jams which did not happen, so I was early, and had an hour to spend. I stopped briefly in Gouda, where I managed to make this sketch at one of the canals. Located just outside the center, to avoid hassle at parking my car. It was nice sitting there, under a feeble sun, 12 degrees C, far to high for halfway November, but quite enjoyable.

Friday, 18 November 2022

LIve portrait session

Live portrait session. The idea was to use a small canvas (I used 20x30cm, not very very small).

It took 2 hours to make, using small brushes and acryllic paint.

Friday, 11 November 2022



Cycled to Vaesrade this afternoon, to paint the colours of autumn. Even though the sun was nice for november, it was not warm enough for the watercolour to dry properly. Especially after 4 pm, when the sun started to set. The paper buckled, colours kept running, and some nuances didn't come out as expected.


Thursday, 3 November 2022

Rocks and trees


Watercolour based on a picture I found on the Internet, from an artist who regularly posts images to train watercolour skills.

You can find the original image in the link. Also an interesting site. Size 23x30cm, on Fabriano Artistico paper and a limited range of Schmincke colours.

Thursday, 27 October 2022

Another Miggelenberg


Another one from our weekend. Now the other side of the cottage. I made this sitting outside.

Tuesday, 25 October 2022

Miggelenberg, Hoenderloo


We had a lovely weekend, renting a cottage in the Veluwe. We took our grandson, Jake, with us. He is almost 7, and we had a great time. I also managed to do some watercolour painting. This is the view from  our cottage into the autumn coloured forest. Made from behind the window.

Tuesday, 18 October 2022


Live nude model painting. Sabrina. At Annemiek Jongen art class.

Saturday, 15 October 2022

Spinalonga, Greece


Watercolour painting of a tree. I made the reference picture on the Spinalonga island, last summer during our visit to Crete, in Greece.

Schmincke watercolour on Fabriano paper (about A4).

I want to develop my watercolour skills further.

Thursday, 13 October 2022

2 trees


Experimenting with colours. Above trying something the Mark Folly watercolour way. 

Below: a tree in coloured inks, made by flowing inks on moist paper.

Tuesday, 11 October 2022

Aachen: Dom

Aachen, inside the Dom (Cathedral). The part where I am standing (the octagonal chapel) is the oldest, dating from 796 AD. Several (some 30) German Kings were crowned here. But the octagon was quite impossible to draw. So I tried for the choir. It features the golden Maria shrine, which should contain a piece of cloth of Jesus.

Sunday, 9 October 2022

Aachen Rathaus

Aken / Aachen / Aix La Chapelle. I went there to draw the Dom and the city hall (Rathaus). Nice weather and a lot of people that chatted with me. Nice.

Sunday, 2 October 2022

Hulsberg, Benedendorpvoetpad

Commission, a drawing of the gardenside of a house in Hulsberg. A really beautiful house.

Drawn on location, on a very hot day.

Saturday, 24 September 2022

Double portrait

Mother and daughter: acrylic 70x50cm. At the atelier of Annemiek. Was hard to do, to keep style and relative sizes the same.

Thursday, 22 September 2022


On the same trip through Belgium, an old factory in Montzen. The rain was pooring down.

Tuesday, 20 September 2022


Made a trip across the border into Belgium, to Moresnet. This part of Belgium speaks German.

The bridge was constructed in the first world war, for German troops movement to the Ypres and Somme fronts in Belgium/France. It's still in use today. Actually, the bridge is located in a former country: Neu-Moresnet, which existed just before the first world war  The Germans invaded and conquered the country to make this bridge. After the war it was handed over to Belgium.

Saturday, 10 September 2022

Agios Nikolaos

 Agois Nikolaos, as seen from a terrace overlooking the harbour.