Friday, 31 July 2015

Glassworks: haantje

My latest glass object: a little cock.
I had already finished it some weeks ago, but I still had to fix it to a plinth.
We tore down an cherry tree two years ago, and the wood serves well for these small plinths.
But it's hard wood: it takes some effort to saw a piece off.
The object was a present for my Mothers birthday, but I am almost 2 months overdue by now. :)

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Old cats

We made two little memorials in leaded glass for our late cats Marsha and Yana. They are buried below the maple tree, where they used to sit in the shade on warm sunny days. 
We are very happy with our new family members: Mitzie and Miyo. But the old ones are not forgotten. 

Monday, 27 July 2015


Our new kitten since a week: Miyo. Mitzie has a companion (she still has to get used o it).

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Sketchcrawl: Dominicanen

Sketchcrawl yesterday. After weeks of the most beautiful weather, we had a regular autumn storm yesterday. Wind, rain, cold, code orange, not the kind of weather to go out and sketch outside.
Understandably hardly anyone showed up: just Jos and I.
I found myself a nice spot with some perfect coffee in the most beautiful bookstore of the Netherlands, probably even the world. The bookstore is located in an medieval gothic church, part of a former monastery in the center of Maastricht. They made a three story steel structure in it, looking like a bookcase itself. And it can be removed without any damage to the church, if the bookstore will be gone. Beautiful. Architecture at its best.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Building site

Sketch made on location, on a building supervised of our firm Tebodin, in Waalwijk, the Netherlands.
Building a test lab for car interior materials.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

A special day

A special day, the day we heard we are going to be grandfather and grandmother early next year. My daughter Rianne and Bob are expecting a baby. We are thrilled.
It's a feeble chalkline on that long and winding road called life; the landscape around you is still the same but suddenly there is a 'before' and 'after'. 

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Strasbourg: Petit France

Strasbourg is an old city with a beautiful centre with old (almost german) type of houses.
Here two scenes in Petit France.
When I was drawing the bottom sketch, I was accompanied by beautiful classical guitar and flute music. Vivaldi mostly.
Just before I finished they moved on, I did not even have the chance to tip them.
A picture taken of my while sketching.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Graff in Strass

There was another 3 day drawing event in Strasbourg: graffiti artists were making murals near the St. Thomas church. The city had prepared scaffolding with large wood walls.
Here is Gilbert at work, who paints dreamlike fairytale images. And I copied parts of a piece by Bwexo, specialized in wildstyle lettering. Hard to read.
I talked to some of the guys, real nice blokes, dedicated to their work.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Strasbourg again

Back to the Strasbourg drawing again, made on the last day. These statues were man high, and at display in the Barrage de Vauban. I think they came from the cathedral.
I loved that king on a half horse. He looked quite irritated about the fact someone stole the bottom part of his horse.
Also a sketch of one of the many beautiful facades in Strasbourg.
I was not as productive as other days, I had to leave quite early to drive back home.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Mouzon, painted.

The finished painting of the sketch of the last post. Acrylic on canvas, 50x60cm.
Here a picture of the painting, halfway.