Saturday, 30 October 2010


Art class today. Live model charcoal drawing of Mike. First you make your paper black, than use an eraser to find the light spots. I don't like the technique, but it's a good exercise.
Kunstklasje vandaag: naar levend model. Eerst het papier zwart maken met houtskool, daarna de lichte delen weggummen.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

St. Helens

 Visit to St. Helens, UK. I was able to make a stroll before the dark set in, and made these 2 sketches. Left the backside of the Sefton Arms in center of town.
The bottom sketch is an original glass melter from about 1790, part of the St. Helens museum "world of glass", located next to the hotel I stayed in.
England has a lot to learn about food: we went to an Italian restaurant; much to our surprise we got mashed potatoes with our meat.... No pasta for miles.
Bezoek aan St. Helens, Engeland. Ik kon nog net een wandelingetje maken voordat het donker werd. Bovenste schets is de achterkant van een lokale pub "Sefton Arms". Beneden de uit 1790 stammende glasoven, onderdeel van het museum "world of glass".

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Burning Ghat

Burning Ghat in Varanasi, India. The image of these burning corpses still haunts me. De crematieplaatsen in Varanasi. Ik krijg het beeld van de brandende lijken niet uit mijn hoofd.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Canto Ostinato

I went to a lay-down pianoconcert in Heerlen, yesterday evening. You were allowed to take a mat with you, and lay down on the stage to enjoy the music. Most visitors did, but I decided to stay on the balcony. The music (contemporary classical) was of the Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt,  arguably his best piece: Canto Ostinato, It was performed by Sandra en Jeroen van Veen. They played the short version (1,5 hour); the long version is 4 pianos and takes 4 hours without a break.
Unfortunately it was too dark to draw, as you can see most of the lines are quite shaky.
Ligconcert in het theater van Heerlen, een uitvoering van Canto Ostinato van Simeon ten Holt.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Holy cow

Sacred cows, always calm within the turmoil of the city. Mixed media, made from leftover tickets from our trip to India; I tore out the cow figure. Heilige koeien, altijd rustig temidden van de hectiek van de stad. Gemaakt van overgebleven tickets van onze India reis.

Tebodin Insight

Tebodin Insight, the international magazine of my company, featured an article on my urban sketching.
Er stond een artikel over mijn "urban sketching" in Tebodin Insight, ons internationale bedrijfsblad.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Pontiac Trans Am

I found this Pontiac Trans-Am on a parking lot on the Brunssumerheide. The owner, who was training his huge dog, told me it was from 1979. Drawn and painted on location.
Ik vond deze Pontiac Trans Am op de parkeerplaats bij de koffiepoel op de Brussummerheide. De eigenaar was zijn  hond aan het uitlaten; bij terugkomst vertelde hij dat deze wagen uit 1979 stamt. Ter plekke getekend en geschilderd.

Thursday, 14 October 2010


My son Mart gave me a copy of the new Linkin Park album "a thousand suns". One song stands out: LP used parts of a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King from 1967 into a song. After all these years still impressive.
Mart gaf me het nieuwe album van Linkin Park. In een van de songs is de tekst van een speech van Dr. Martin Luther King verwerkt. Na al die jaren nog steeds indrukwekkend.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

1/2 marathon

Today I ran the Eindhoven 1/2 marathon, 21 km in 1hour 51.48 minutes (it means I left 60% of the 6800 runners behind me).
I've done better in the past, but I have been fighting off an ankle injury since a year now. At last it's gone.
Running is my other time consuming hobby. I'm doing it for thirty years now; nowadays about 25-30km/week. And each sunday morning on the Brunssumer heide with my athletics club, STAP-Brunssum.
Sketching and running does not go well together: once you run you don't stop to draw. I personally don't like this sketch so much, too static and unbalanced, but as illustration for the occasion it's OK.
It's the start of the STAP run in Brunssum, held a week ago, organized by my club.
Vandaag de halve marathon van Eindhoven gelopen in 1uur 52min.
Hardlopen is mijn andere hobby, ik loop 3 keer per week, ook bij de vereniging AV STAP Brunssum.
De schets is de start van de STAP loop in Brunssum, vorige week zaterdag.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010


Catacombes in Paris. We visited them the last day. It is an incredible sight: hundres thousand bones and skulls, piled up meters high in eerie underground caverns. Unbelievable this is just some meters under the Paris streets. The bones were transported from abandoned cemeteries in the late 18th and 19th century, whenever Paris needed the area for housing. The sketches were hard to make, it was quite dark down there.
De Catacomben in Parijs, een gangenstelsel met honderdduizenden botten en schedels! De botten zijn in de 18e en 19e eeuw vanuit opgeruimde kerkhoven rondom Parijs naar dez grotten getransporteerd. Indrukwekkend en griezelig tegelijk.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Place du Tertre

Place du Tertre, Paris, where a lot of artists (of different quality) are ready to draw you. This is my effort to draw them (on location). Place du Tertre, Parijs, waar een hoop kunstenaars klaar staan om je te tekenen. Mijn poging om hun te tekenen.

Monday, 4 October 2010


Artist impressions of two of the projects I am working on presently. Above a project for the University of Maastricht, a behavioural study unit in the Academic hospital. The volunteers in these units are totally closed off from the world in a physical sense, each drop of sweat or breath is measured. The drawing shows the technical installations needed for that. Below an artist impression of the renovation of a laboratorium in St. Helens, England. Impressies van twee projecten waar ik momenteel aan werk, boven Academisch ziekenhuis van de Universiteit Maastricht, studieunits voor de faculteit  gedragswetenschappen. Onder de renovatie van een laboraorium in St. Helens, Engeland.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Pere Lachaise

Paris, last weekend. We visited the Cimetière Pere Lachaise. A city for the dead within a city for the living. Sketch made at the side of the grave of Jim Morrison, singer of the band "the Doors". Which existed half a century ago. I think hippies become extinct, this time there were no young smoking weed any more.
Parijs, bezoek aan de begraafplaats Pere Lachaise. Een stad voor de doden middenin een stad voor de levenden. Schets gemaakt naast het graf van Jim Morrisson.