Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Maastricht: St. Matthiaskerk

Quick lunchtime sketch of the St. Matthiaschurch, in the Maastricht city centre. It was good to be out sketching again; we have good weather presently, even for the final days of September.

Sunday, 28 September 2014


An emotional week.
My daughter Rianne married with Bob.
And on monday we got the message: our beloved cat, Yana, was found dead in a busy street near our house. Probably she was overrun on saturday.
We had her for almost 7 years, since January 2008. Here is a link to the post when she was a tiny kitten:
I will miss her her hungry eyes peeping under the windowshutters, whenever I started to open them in the summer mornings. We will have to find a new companion for Marsha.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Bridal bouquet

I did not want to run around the wedding with my sketchbook. But want to record my memories in some way. So I drew the bridal bouquet.
At present it is hanging to dry in front of our kitchen window, until my daughter and now son-in-law return from their wedding holiday to Scotland.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Wedding sketches

This is the only sketch I made of the wedding and its preparations. We had the hairdresser and beautician at home for the bride, our daughter Rianne. At 11 o'clock she was picked up by our now son-in-law Bob to be taken to the ceremony.
Like the French say: partir c'est mourir un peu.
But we had a beautiful day: full of sun, joy and festivities. And some tears.
A wedding like a dream.
Let's hope it's a good sign for the rest of their lives together.

I guess I am getting sentimental at old age.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Isn't she lovely

The wedding of Rianne and Bob, yesterday. What a day it was.
This is the moment where Bob called on our door to collect Rianne for the ride to the wedding ceremony in the little castle of Terworm.
A happy couple. And happy parents.

Thursday, 18 September 2014


My daughter Rianne is going to marry her friend Bob next Saturday, September 20th.
A happy moment for her, a bittersweet day for her father. That's me.
My wife and I notice that now, in the days before the event, there is a moment of reflection, of looking back. How it started, how it went and where we all arrived.
When rummaging through old stuff I found this old drawing made by Rianne. It must have been at the age of 4, the first few days in the first class of school.
Well, she is now up to a new phase in her life, with Bob, the cats and a new house.
A great thing to see both my children, Rianne and Mart, growing up like this. I am a proud father.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

USK Liège: in the papers and on TV!

I had a tough week. But what a week!
Like I said in the last post, I just returned from 4 days of sketching in Liège, on invitation by Gerard Michel and an organisation called "Emulation". We as a international group of European sketchers had a great time finding our way in Liège and drawing, drawing and drawing.
We each had to fill 5 meters of drawing, to be shown at the exhibition in the "Theatre de Liège", yesterday evening. A huge success.
The next picture shows the opening night.
Also interesting: we were interviewed by the Belgian Television, check the report in the link below.
You can see me draw, standing on a tiny balcony at least at 50 meter height, and interviews of Lapin, Michel, David and Luis.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Liège with USK

Busy days! At present i am in Liège with 11 other urban sketchers. On invitation of  Gerard Michel. Sketching around town on a 5 meter long strip of paper. Until next saturday. With Fabien Florian Luis Simonetta Imma Miguel Antoine Rolf Lapin David  and Corinne. I'll Keep you updated.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

More Body World

I have some leftover drawings of the Body World artist day in August.
Not the best drawings, but it was interesting to do.
I experimented with different materials, in the end the watercolour pencils worked best, like I showed in an earlier post.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014


Some years ago I made a design for a station for the local firebrigade. It was never built.
As the station was located on the terrain of the coal mine "Emma" (now totally demolished and gone without a trace) I wanted to get the idea of burning coal or cokes across.
The basic idea was a massive black concrete block, with on the elevations the imprint of fossil ferns (in the old days we could find those everywhere on the mining hills).
And in the centre a round patio, with stained glass walls in red and yellow. Yes, like coal which is burning inside. A fitting image for a firestation.

I was doodling around yesterday and suddenly the image was there. I decided to use the drawing to experiment with digital colouring in GIMP. And here we are: the original sketch and the digital result.