Sunday, 24 February 2013
I was told the big blue building is called "the blob". That figures.
I made the drawing on location, but I had forgotten to bring the paint. Did that at home.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
(remember: I'll do this every 15th of each month this year. The series will be called Timeline and I hope that next December it will tell something of the past year).
February 15th: the world press photo awards were made public.
This one was amazing, won the 2nd prize in "on spot news".
The photographer Fabio Bucciarelli made this picture in Aleppo, Syria.
It tells about a fighter ready to kill, but also very jumpy and afraid of being killed.
Sunday, 17 February 2013
I passed our town's medieval castle (kasteel Hoensbroek) and thought, hey, it's about time to make an outdoor sketch again.
I have more or less lived across the street from this castle for 10 years, but only rarely drew it. Often you don't see the beauty from everyday presence around you any more.
A lesson in looking around.
This is the entrance gate to the first courtyard, with the smallest tower of the main building in the back. There are three courtyards in total, all separated by outbuildings, gates, bridges and deep moats.
Thursday, 14 February 2013
This was the only sketch that I even tried, and I had to stop after a few pencil lines.
It's a float in the Hoensbroek parade; it features the youth prince of (I think) the soccer club in Passart (a part of Hoensbroek).
I noticed I drew the backside of the paper maché pencil-figure in an earlier sketch, made in the "optochthal", see a few weeks back,
Monday, 11 February 2013
We went to a few parades on thursday (Kowrenne), saturday (Hoensbroek, the childrens parade), sunday (Maastricht) and today (Hoensbroek).
It was freezing cold this weekend, even a little snow and an icy wind.
I made this oil painting for my neighbours, who play in a zaate herremenie: 't is nieks en 't weurd nieks. (it's not good and it never will be). The music has to be loud and cheerful, not necessarily pleasing for the ears.
The painting was based on the location sketch of february 22nd last year: tisnieks.
Oil on canvas, 60x70cm.
Sunday, 10 February 2013
Pam does the same art class as I do, on Saturday morning in Landgraaf, only this time she served as live portrait model.
The excersise was about making you feel every stroke of the brush. We had to work on all parts simultanuously, applying a specific colour whereever it was needed, and then move on to the next colour.
Acrylic on grey carton, 50x60cm, took me about an hour to make.
Friday, 8 February 2013
Leaving there and proceeding for three days towards the east, you reach Diomira, a city with sixty silver domes, bronze statues of all the gods, streets paved with lead, a crystal theatre, a golden cock that crows each morning on a tower. All these beauties will already be familiar to the visitor, who has seen them also in other cities. But the special quality of this city for the man who arrives thereon a September evening, when the days are growing shorter and the multicolored lamps are lighted all at once at the doors of the food stalls and from a terrace a woman’s voice cries ooh!, is that he feels envy towards those who now believe they have once before lived an evening identical to this and who think they were happy, that time.
(from Italo Calvino, "the invisible cities").
This drawing was made with ink, scanned in and then totally digitally painted using GIMP (open source Photoshop).
This way of digital painting was a first time for me, and it took a while to know how to handle the program and brushes. Still a long way to go.
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
I will have to go back and redo this one.
Beautiful view by the way.
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
I just heard that last years project, a chemical plant for Singapore, will be erected somewhere in China.
The project will go under the name "dragon", and the company asked me to design the project logo.
This logo will be used for all drawings, paperwork, and specs. Also on T-shirts and building signs.