Friday, 28 November 2014

Doodle on a post it

A doodle on a small post-it during a meeting led to this drawing.
I scanned it and added digital colours using GIMP. The watercolour background was found on the internet. Busy times, not much time to sketch, so I resolve myself to these kind of posts.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014


It must seem like I don't make any usual sketches any more; I only feature different stuff like exhibitions, digital art, travels, paintings etcetera.
Here is another event: today my largest work of "art" was presented at the opening of our new Tebodin office on the "Brightlands" office park in Geleen.
A lot of dark suits, speeches and drinks, then the presentation, an explanation and putting my name under the digital painting.

The basic idea was a "Bokeh" image of the chemical plant at Chemelot (Geleen).
I once drove by the plant on a dark moonlit evening with some ground mist, and the lights on the towers seemed to shimmer like alien eyes. I tried to capture that feeling.
The colours are the exact firm colours (nowadays Tebodin is part of the international Bilfinger group). The work was totally made digitally, using GIMP; the dimensions of the print measured 2 x 4,5 meters. That's why the final image in TIFF (resolution 300dpi) measured as much as 1.5GB....
A tiny remark: I was there to present the image, and didn't carry a camera. That's why the pictures don't show public :)

Sunday, 23 November 2014


Another small sketch from the Volterra trip: the little church in Monteriggione. I misjudged the size of the paper (or rather the size of the church): the top of the tower fell over the edge. It was such a nice weather: we sat on a shaded terrace with some nice espresso at hand.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Alphons Wintersprize

The Alphons Wintersprize was made public yesterday evening. No, I did not win the prize or one of the honorary mentions. But I was not disappointed, far from that. The winners delivered really fabulous work, far better than mine.

I am proud to be chosen through the selection stages and having reached this final round.
And if I look at the final exhibition I see very high quality of the works, and it amazes me that the jury considered my work to be fitting among them.
And that with a portriat, something I could not do decently a few years ago.
Here is the portriat of Anne, painted two years ago in a live portrait session.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Exhibition on gender preferences

We have a museum called the "Continium" in Kerkrade, some 15 kilometers away.
It's a museum mainly for children. It covers subjects like science, nature, technology, biology, history, that kind of stuff. Essentially: "how does it work".
The exhibits are not aimed at showing objects, but they try to involve the visitors and to make them play with the displays.
This is an exhibit where children are asked to make choices between art objects, music, clothes, books, films etc. The choices are then recorded with the aim to show them about gender differences, and how that involves different tastes and interests. And maybe that preferences are not so gender specific at all. 

Anyway, one of my paintings was chosen for the exhibition: the view on Madison Avenue in New York. The top painting.
I made it back in 2011, based on an unused sketch made during our New York trip in 2009.

The exhibition will run for a full year.

Monday, 17 November 2014

The total view of Volterra

Here are the last images of the Leporello. The top image was made on the last morning, just before we started on our trip home.

And here is the total strip of drawings: 1,5 meter long, 20cm high.
As you can see there is no room for mistakes, you can't tear out or delete a drawing.

Most drawings were totally made on location, 3 were drawn there but painted at home, the alabaster worker was redrawn from an original sketch in my moleskine book and the last one under "Volterra" was based on a picture.
The video is a little experiment in posting. I have to figure out how to handle sound or music, steadyness and how to improve the brightness. Next years challenge.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014


2 portraits of Brazilian people. Based on pictures from a newspaper (Volkskrant dec 2013).
It was an exercise in monochrome painting, as part of this years Model Master class.
Acrylic on paper, about 50x60cm.

Monday, 10 November 2014

albaster workshop

Volterra is famous for its Alabaster (a kind of natural stone, a mixture between gypsum and calcium). You can find small workshops where craftsmen make all kind of artistic pieces and statues from this stone. This guy was working so concentrated in front of his workshop window, that I am not sure he even noticed me drawing him.

Saturday, 8 November 2014


Sketches of Monteriggione, near Siena. A small medieval fortified city on top of a hill. I was there 30 years ago and I remembered it as a bit abandoned and deserted town. It was more lively now, a lot of tourists, even for october.
The 4th and 6th instalment of the leporello.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Volterra scenes

Volterra as seen from the hostel. We slept in an ancient seminario (San Andrea), and the parking lot had this stunning view to the city skyline. Especially at 7 in the morning, as the orange sun hit the top of the buildings.
This is the access to one of the old entrances to the city, and a statue of a pig on one of the medieval towers.
The drawings are the 2nd and 3rd instalments of the leporello.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Porta Docciola

Volterra, Porta Docciola. You can see the medieval (~1300 AD) washing basins under the arches. A laundramat avant-la-lettre.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Piazza dei Priori

Another of the Volterra sketches. We had 6 students and 2 teachers, one did photography and art, I did drawing and architecture.
As I had to teach I could not draw so much myself. But at times I would give the students a difficult assignment (see below), and we would observe them from a nice shaded terrace with some hot espresso, and I was able to do something like the above drawing. It's the first installment of a Leporello, a long strip of paper (~1,5 meter long) with drawings. More to come.