Monday, 31 January 2011


Traditional Limburg farmhouse in Herkenrade, near St. Geertuid, not far from the Belgian border. I pass it almost each day while driving to work, so a few days ago I decided to stop and sketch it.
Oude boerenhuis in Herkenrade, een gehucht vlakbij Sint Geertruid. 'sMorgens vroeg, op weg naar mijn werk.

Saturday, 29 January 2011


I normally don't show other man's  stuff, but I gladly make an exception for this.
Look at this video from Bastien Dubois and be amazed.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011


Another of my drawings was featured in a magazine from..... Mexico (!)
Printed in a town called Santiago de Queretaro.
I have no idea where they found this drawing of last years Carnaval in Hoensbroek, but here it is, page 10 of the cultural magazine "Sada y el Bombon". For the complete issue:
Een van mijn tekeningen van het carnaval in Hoensbroek is gepubliceerd in een cultureel tijdschrift uit.... Mexico (!). 
Geen idee hoe ze eraan komen, maar ja, zo wordt Hoensbroek nog eens bekend over de wereld.

Sunday, 23 January 2011


This is Gertie, my wife. Yesterday she stood model in my art class. The first painting went totally wrong, but I was pleased about the second painting, which you see here to the left. I feel uncomfortable to paint family, but I finally feel I reached the level where I can get away with it.
50x70cm, acryl, took me an hour to paint.
Below the version by one of the other painters of the class, Tina Heins, also an excellent painting.
Portret masterclass, gisterenmorgen, Gertie stond model. Boven mijn tweede schilderij (de eerste was helemaal mislukt). Onder het schilderij van Tina Heins, een van de medecursisten, ook een schitterend resultaat.

Another of the paintings was posted by Rodney: see
Nice to see so many personal versions of the same subject.

Thursday, 20 January 2011


Exercise in wet-in wet technique, in my wc-moleskine 13x20cm. Check out the website of Henri Arifin and don't miss his painting demonstration on youtube.
Oefening in nat-in nat techniek. Zie de site van Henri Arifin en zijn schilderdemonstraties op youtube.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011


Drawing representing the costumes of the children's parade of last year
It's part of the Carnaval festivities in Hoensbroek: on saturday each school (children and parents) dress up in different costumes, and form a colourful parade. I made this sketch based on pictures, as illustration for our local "Vasteloavend gezet D'r UUL" our local newspaper.
Kinderoptocht in Hoensbroek, de kostuums van het afgelopen jaar. Gemaakt voor de UUL, carnavalskrant.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Soft tones

Live model painting class. Exercise in smooth transitions of  tones. Mwah. I prefer the vivid style in which the texture of the brush stroke is still visible, like of last week.
Modelklas, oefening in zachte overgangen tussen tonen. Niet mijn favoriete stijl, het blijkt nu dat ik een levendigere penseelstreek eigenlijk leuker vind.

Not so much urban sketching presently. I'll have to do something about that.

Sunday, 9 January 2011


Elise, live portrait painting class. We were not allowed to use brushes, only acrylic and water, to be applied with a sponge (one of those you use to clean pots and pans). Objective was not so much to represent the model, but to figure out light, tonality and depth. 50x65cm, cost me 30 minutes to paint.
Schilderoefening: portret geschilderd met een schuursponsje; kwasten waren uit den boze. Doel was het vinden van licht, diepte en tonaliteit, en het voorkomen van details. Ik maakte 4 van deze in 2 uur.

Thursday, 6 January 2011


Yes, I know it's early (Carnaval starts in March this year), but the local Carnaval newspaper asked me to rework on older sketch of the arrival of the Prince on the market square of Hoensbroek.
Een nieuwe versie van een oudere schets, gemaakt voor de carnavalskrant van Gebrook: d'r Uul. Een beetje vroeg misschien...

Saturday, 1 January 2011


Trafficlights of the Patersweg/Akerstraat, early morning, as seen with my glasses off. I just found out that this style of unsharp images is called Bokeh. This acrylic painting on canvas 40x50cm is based on a picture I posted a few weeks ago. Schilderij van de kruising Patersweg en Akerstraat, vroeg in de morgen, gezien zonder mijn bril. Dit soort onscherpe afbeeldingen heet Bokeh.
Best wishes for the new year!