Monday, 29 November 2010


Another experiment, trying Graffiti style. Probably a one time only. Uitprobeersels, dit keer in Graffiti stijl. Niet voor herhaling vatbaar.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Van Dongen

I went to Rotterdam with my daughter Rianne, to visit the Kees van Dongen exhibition in the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum. He was as early 19th century painter, and was famous for his portraits of women with very large  mesmerizing eyes. There were a lot of paintings of (in my opinion) minor quality, and to be honest I liked the large painting of a horse the best. Sketched on location.
Bezocht: de Kees van Dongen tentoonstelling in Rotterdam. Wisselende kwaliteit van de schilderwerken. Het mooiste vond ik dit schilderij van een paard.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Big city

Wanted to try something totally different. Tijd voor iets anders. I was inspired by the graffitti artist Ronzo.

Friday, 19 November 2010


The Fountainhead: it is said that the writer, Ayn Rand, used Frank Lloyd Wright as model for the main character, Howard Roark. When reading I always had Le Corbusier in my mind; probably because at some point in the book Roark is looking to the sky admiring one of his own designs. And I had seen that picture in another book, "Delirious New York", years ago. Time to recycle.
Het boek "De eeuwige bron", model voor de architect Howard Roark was waarschijnlijk F.L.Wright, ik zag altijd Le Corbusier voor me.
(Photo of LC by A.Steiner, 1935, found in the book Delirious New York by Rem Koolhaas)

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Howard Roark

I just read the novel "the fountainhead" by Ayn Rand. A classic novel about an architect, Howard Roark, and the uncompromising integrity you need to make art. A great novel, but a tough read, 750 pages of heavy intellectual dialogue. While reading this is how I imagined  Roark's first design (the Heller house) would look like. Which is quite funny, because back in 1926 they never would have heard of deconstructivist architecture.
Gelezen: "de eeuwige bron" van Ayn Rand, een klassieke roman over een architect en integriteit. Goed boek, maar de helft van de pagina's had het ook verteld. Dit is hoe ik me het eerste ontwerp van de romanheld voorstelde. Onzin, het boek speelt van 1920 tot 1940.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Art class

 Portraits of the art class of last saturday: live portrait drawing using "siberisch krijt" (oil pastels made of grinded charcoal). Featuring Francine and Els, 2 out of 10 portraits that we made that morning.
Kunstklasje: portretten van Francine en Els, naar levend model, gemaakt afgelopen zaterdagmorgen. Ik gebruikte siberisch krijt, vergelijkbaar met houtskool maar het zwart is intenser. Geweldig materiaal.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

The Swan

Just returned from a trip to St. Helens, England. I spend the evening drinking Guinness beer in a local pub called "the Swan", where I sat quietly reading a book and drawing this guy spending too much money on a jackpot machine. As they saw me drawing, other visitors started talking to me about the town. They told me about the oldest house in St. Helens, a Quaker house dating from 1676, long before the first coal was found. I found the cute little building, hidden between some derelict houses, the next day during my early morning walk. See above sketch. Bezoek aan St. Helens, Engeland. Schets van een gokker in de pub "the Swan", en het oudste huisje van St. Helens, uit 1676. 

Monday, 8 November 2010


Early morning light towards the traffic lights in front of my house. I am in a little drawing dip now, so these photographs will have to do. Morgenlicht op de Patersweg. Even een kleine tekendip.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010


Vrijthof, the main square of Maastricht. I realised that the bare trees in front would make the drawing too dark, so I left them silhouetted. Unfortunately a bus parked in front of me blocking my view, just when I
wanted to start painting, and the driver went for coffee at cafe Momus, Grrrr.
Vrijthof Maastricht, afgelopen maandagmiddag.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010


I took a longer lunchbreak last monday; although it was a little foggy, the light was strong enough to enhance the colourful autumn trees. View from the "hoeg brok" (high bridge in our local dialect) towards citycenter of Maastricht.
Lunchpauze afgelopen maandag, tekening van het centrum van Maastricht gezien vanaf de "Hoeg Brok".