Saturday, 28 January 2012

Contrasting colours

Art class today: we had to paint our live model with contrasting colours (those on the opposite sides of the colour wheel, like blue-orange or yellow-purple). In my case cadmium red and phtalo green.
Using these colours results in enhancing each other, red becomes even more red when placed next to green.
Secondly: when mixing opposite colours you get the most beautiful greys and blacks.

Here I show three stages of the painting: the charcoal drawing, the high contrast basic painting, and finally the adding of red-green greys. I was suprised by the result: here it looks like the model got a heavy sunburn, but in reality the painting looks more harmonic than on these pictures.

Thursday, 26 January 2012


My stained glass window in progress: I cut out all the pieces. Now I have to mount them into the lead profiles.
Size 600x600mm
Glas in lood raam naar eigen ontwerp: status update. Het glas heb ik nu eindelijk op maat gemaakt, nu nog in het lood zetten.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012


Last of the sketches of my trip to Singapore a week ago. Above the buddhist temple in the middle of Chinatown (Buddha's tooth is supposed to lie there), I was nearly run over while sitting at the roadcurb drawing this. The other sketch I made while waiting for our orders, on Smith Street in Chinatown. I'll have to go to Singapore again on short term, so more sketches to be expected. Suggestions for subjects?
De laatste paar schetsen uit Singapore van mijn zakentrip, een week geleden.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Hiromi Kawakami

In the plane I read a Japanese novel by Hiromi Kawakami: "de tas van de leraar". A lovestory of a woman and her (retired) high school teacher. I am not into romantic novels, but I love the way Japanese novels are written: so full of quiet observations of life and nature. Fantastic. Drew/painted this in the plane, some of the lines are quite wobbly. Gelezen: een Japans boek van Hiromi Kawakami: "de tas van de leraar". Fantastisch boek.

Saturday, 21 January 2012


Singapore has foodcourts in most shopping malls, mostly located on the subterranean bottom levels. All around you will find stalls serving all kinds of mostly asian and indian food. Each stall has it's speciality: Korean, Thai, Indian, hot pot, soup, Malaysian etc. And a limited number of dishes; all prepared in full view, within a few minutes while you waiting at the counter. I had delicious pad thai in this foodcourt in the Marina Sands building.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Japanese food

Dinner in Singapore in a Japanese buffet restaurant. Delicious.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012


Singapore is a strange city: in Chinatown you can find (relative) poverty, and only 3 metrostops away you find yourself on a parking lot in front of a shopping mall featuring 8 Lamborghini's. Yes. Eight!
Among minor stuff like BMW 7 series, Mercedes S-class and Maserati quattraporte.
I drew this white Gallardo while my collegues were patiently waiting for me; I had no choice but to paint it at home. Getekend: één van de acht (!) Lamborghini Gallardo's op een parkeerplaats ergens in Singapore.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Orchard road

Due to the jetlag I woke up too early (there is 7 hours time difference with Singapore). So I made an early morning walk, and painted this old house, just across the street from my hotel.
Vroege morgen wandeling door Singapore; een tekening van een licht verwaarloosd huis midden in dichte begroeiing, gelegen aan de overzijde van het hotel.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Singapore Dragon

This morning I returned - after a 14 hour flight - from Singapore. Although on business, in the evenings me and my colleagues took the opportunity to catch the spirit of the town. Singapore was preparing for the Chinese new year (22 or 23 January). They put up this huge dragon on the roadcrossing at the entrance of Chinatown. All brightly lit in the evening (I may post that picture later). And all of Chinatown was filled with stalls selling golden and red paper lanterns and wishing cards. All these colours and lights. Bezoek aan Chinatown, deze draak stond bij de entree van Chinatown, voor de viering van het Chinese nieuwe jaar.

Thursday, 12 January 2012


A quick impression of Singapore, where I am at this moment.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Breuker aovend

I made this image of the "Breuker Leedjeskonkoer" for the local Carnaval newspaper. It shows a music group "Julie en de de Muppe" who sing funny dialect songs. Not so much resemblance here, the drawing was only loosely based on some blurry photographs, this image was more meant to catch the spirit of the evening.
Breuker Leedjeskonkoer, een tekening voor de carnavalskrant "der Uul". Getekend de groep "Julie en de Muppe", zonder veel op gelijkenis te letten, de tekening was meer bedoeld om de sfeer te schetsen.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Maastricht winterland

Last week we went shopping in Maastricht. It was very crowded in town, especially on the Vrijthof (the central square). The icerink was full of skaters.
Dagje shoppen in Maastricht, het was verschrikkelijk druk.