Sketches

Monday, 19 October 2020

Treehouse

 

This is a real and existing Treehouse. My wife and I had a nice long weekend on a holidaycamp, in the middle of forests and heath. Perfect weather, nice long walks, beautiful colours. We had a nice small luxury cottage, surrounded by trees and squirrels. But elsewhere on the terrain there was this beautiful wooden treehouse, for rent, but not in our league.

I forgot to take water for painting. But I still had a waterbrush, so I washed out the ink before it was dry.

Friday, 16 October 2020

Vreeland

On the easel. Diana Vreeland, a American journalist, excercise in shadowtones, based on a picture. Made in the atelier of Annemiek Jongen.  Acrylic 50x60cm, took me an hour to make.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Huis op de Jeker (2)

I had forgotten to post this one, the facade of the House on the Jeker (Maastricht), of some weeks ago. I had to stop a few times due to the rain, but it was fun to do a precise drawing.
 

Friday, 9 October 2020

Sunflowers


 Sunflowers in a field on the "Wintraak". You don't say IN the Wintraak, because it's on top of the hill, Actually it's the first steep hill that you will encounter if you come from the north, from Holland. 

And yes, it's windy up there. Anyway, there I was, in the middle of a muddy field enjoying the still warm autumn sun, making this drawing. Took me about 20 minutes to make.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Khadija Arib

 

Excercise in charcoal: a portrait made by erasing parts from a page that was blackened with Charcoal.

She is a well known politician, presiding our parlaiment.

Saturday, 26 September 2020

House on the Jeker

 

Huis aan de Jeker (house on the stream "Jeker"). The Jeker is a small stream that runs through Maastricht. For large parts it's hidden behind and under buildings, but here is a small house that hangs over the stream. I wanted to draw it for a long time, I had the chance yesterday.

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Jan Siebelink

  

Unfortunately, due to Corona, live model drawing is not possible anymore. I am doing a course with Annemiek Jongen again, on portrait drawing. These are the first excercises: charcoal drawings

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Thumbnails

Some thumbnail sketches of plants and trees. Autumn will be there soon
 

Friday, 11 September 2020

Vogelzang in Puth


Vogelzang ("singing birds") in Puth, a small village near where I live. I went there to draw the old farmhouse, but by chance chatted with the lady of the house, Marietje van der Linden. She is an sculpture artist (or rather jewelry designer), but her house is full of works by her husband, son and daughter in law. I saw fantsatic works, big and small. And was allowed to draw the inner courtyard, feauturing some of her stuff.

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Sleeping Sheep

 

I am not working a lot in our office nowadyas, so those days I have to go, I use the bicycle. It has been nice weather lately anyway. Last monday I saw this along the road, a few sheep dozing off under a flatbed. It took a few minutes to make this quick sketch.

Friday, 28 August 2020

Ford F500 (1951)

 

Went out drawing again, to draw some nice old cars (on location). I found these beauties in front of an vintage car restauration workshop, in Heerlen.

It's a Ford F500 truck, dating back from about 1951. On the right there is a Dodge van, on the left a chevrolet, no idea about model or year.

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Quaira

  

The city of Quaira, in the Stellae desert. Ink drawing, digitally coloured.

Monday, 24 August 2020

Jan Vermeerlaan

 My brother became 60. He likes older romantic paintings from the early 20th century.

So I made a small contribution to his small collection of paintings: a romantic do-it-yourself painting, including a rural scene and his own house. Just a bit of fun.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Schinnen Wolfhagen

 

Just another scene from Schinnen, the view into a courtyard of an old farmhouse.

Friday, 14 August 2020

Huis Fabritius

 

House Fabritius is a fortified farmhouse in Schinnen, in a hamlet called Wolfhagen (wolf's hedges). It dates back to 1615, and has a long history, housing both Sheriffs and cruel gangs of robbers. These gangs were called Bokkerijders (Goat riders). This was because they came and went so fast, people said they could only do this with the help of the devil. And riding on the back of goats. I was told there is even a hidden cave a little up the hill where they stacked the loot. Don't know if that's true; even though I am more or less a local I have no idea where it's at.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Jan Decleir portrait

My painting was finished last monday. I should add that the original photo by Koos Breukel was also very good. But still, it was quite a challenge to get it right. It took me 4 stages to paint this, with each a week in between (oils have to dry): 

1: underpainting (below, left),

2: shadows, blues and the parts which should look like further away (below, top right)

3: light parts and the parts that shold come forward. (below bottom right)

4: finish and highlights (zee final painting above).

 

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Zara

Zara, our granddaughter, stayed here at our home for a day. What a joy. I made this pendrawing, which I coloured with digital means.

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

AEC Matador

I was randomly cyling through Heerlen, when I came across this beautiful, fully restored AEC Matador. A small truck from World War 2. It looked like new.
I talked to the proud owner, who had more of these restauration projects under way. I saw the remnants of some other old machines. Some kind of a hobby!

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Loempia in Hoensbroek




Loempia's are the Dutch word for Vietnamese Spring rolls.
I saw this guy standing next to a little foodtruck on the main square in Hoensbroek. I did not have a sketchbook, just took a quick hazy picture and made this drawing at home.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Antwerp

I had a business trip to Antwerp last friday. Took the opportunity to make this little sketch from the parking lot. It was just a few days before they shut down Antwerp, due to too many Corona cases.
They even have curfew today. It looks more and more like war.

Monday, 20 July 2020

Jan Decleir plays Beethoven

Started on an oilpainting again. This is the underpainting.
It's based on a picture of a Belgian actor, Jan Decleir. But it also looks like beethoven, maybe Jan should take up that part one day.
I am pretty happy with this first stage. The next stages will give a lot of opportunities to spoil this nice start.

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Something Silly

Something quite silly. Based on something I saw in a dream, but that was a fountain in a 80's post-modern city square.

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Monday, 6 July 2020

Cadillac in Merkelbeek

Oilpainting: A vintage Cadillac, standing on a driveway in a little village in the Netherlands.
60x50cm on Canvas.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

85 your old man

a quick drawing, made after a picture on the internet. Couldn't find the original photographer.
It's supposed to be a guy living on the streets for almost 50 years, at 85 years of age. I have no idea how someone can survive that way.
Made with watercolour pencil (Caran d'Ache Technalo) and acrylic markers.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Maastricht de Fronten

Out sketching with te Maastricht Urban sketching group again. We were 12, and looked for spot where we could draw together, but with enough distance to avoid Corona problems.
The Fronten are the old fortifications against the French and Spaniards, who wanted to have control over this strategic city. Since the Roman era Maastricht had one of the few safe crossings over the river Maas. This is one of the barracks.

Friday, 19 June 2020

Nonke Buusjke

I took my bike for a 20km tour, and made this drawing on the way.
It's Nonke Buusjke, a complex of old farmhouses in Schinveld, in the middle of the forest.
It's located on the border of Germany, and I believe it's a museum now where they still practice old traditional ways of living.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Sittard oude markt

Another one made on the sketching day, a week ago. The challenge was to draw something, and just make one thing in colour. I tried to emphasize the depth of the street.

Sunday, 14 June 2020

The Kraken awakes

The Kraken awakes.
Just a fantasy drawing. Stole the title from an old book by John Wyndham, one of the first books I read (and reread) in English.

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Sittard market

Out sketching again with friends: Ruud and Desiree.
We organized a zoom urban sketching event. On different locations all over the Netherlands, keeping contact through Zoom. It was really funnyto do.
I made some challenges, one was: draw with little lines and scribbles, don't use a long line.
I saw some fine results from the other paticpants.
The terraces were opened again, this was drawn on the market of Sittard. with some nice coffee.
Outside again.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Our garden

We had a few days with fantastic weather. I made this drawing on my new laptop with the program Sketchbook Pro. All digital.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Zara


Tuesday May 19th: our fourth grandchild was born. After three lovely boys, now a girl.
Daughter of Mart and Lisa. How lovely she is! We are so proud.
It will take a few days before I can see her, due to Corona restrictions, but I guess we'll get chances enough.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

De Soto Fireflite Coronado

Saw this old De Soto Fireflite Coronado, somewhere in Heerlen. It was standing at the curb, in front of a vintage car restore shop. There was also a nice old Nash, maybe next time

Friday, 15 May 2020

Heerlen, Maankwartier

Out drawing again, It felt good, the sun was warm, even though the wind was on the fresh side.
This is the central tower in the new "Maankwartier" in Heerlen. Translated it means "the Moon quarter". THe tower has a huge solar clock on top (the half-sphere).
It's an architectural project initiated by an artist, Huisman. Most architects don't like it because it refers to iconic buildings from the past; the first 40 years of the last century. But I must admit it's well done, and has an overall visual quality that seems to be missing from most shopping malls nowadays.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

A digital face

A first attempt for an all digital painting. No reference images, models, tracings or whatever, just drawing with a digital pen on my laptop, starting from scratch.

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Old barn

Another on location sketch, I've done this one already a faw times, it's near my daughters house.
Always fun to draw.

Friday, 8 May 2020

Romneyhut

An old Romney hut, I found this one on a quiet footpath along the river Maas.
Just a few hundred meters from my daughters family house.

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Orangerie Amstenrade.

Already two weeks old, this sketch of the entrance to the gardens of the Castle of Amstenrade.

Monday, 4 May 2020

Harbour

Just a drawing of a harbour. Coloured inks, brushpens, inkpens.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Corona dreams are made of this

Today a page of my sketchbook was publicised on the internet site of our national newspaper.
They had a feature about: does Corona influence your dreams?
 volkskrant.nl/dromen-we-door-coronamaatregelen-meer-en-vreemder-dan-normaal
As it happens, I keep track of my dreams since January 1st. (as far as I can remember them the next morning). I already have about 35 dreams noted and sketched.
This is how the sketchbook looks like.


So far I had 5 Corona related dreams, most about social distancing. One was about virus falling from the sky (the one that was publicised, see the top story). And one of the Wuhan market (already on february 17th).

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Amstenrade

Lockdown had the unexpected result that I lost my appetite for drawing. I really prefer drawing outside than inside, so lockdown, even the less restricted one here in the Netherlands, is an ordeal.
Drawing the garden didn't work, neither did the back of our house, or the living room.
But we had lovely weather yesterday, at our King Willem's anniversary, so I took the liberty of drawing this scene, just a few 100 meters from my house. I swear, in the time that I stood there, I did not see a living soul, only a few cars and motorbikes on the road 10 meters behind me.
Anyway, it's nice to draw a view I have seen all my life. We take a lot for granted.

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Springtime on Mars

Now isn't this great? The nice people of the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum used one of my drawings for one of their publicity posters.
The museum-to-be is located in Waukegan Illinois (not too far from Chicago).
Bradbury was and still is one my most favourite authors. 
Back in 1974, in highschool, I made a rough sketch based on the "Martian Chronicles". And in 2010 I remade the drawing, which you see here. I am thrilled that it is used for this purpose.
Check the original 2010 article:  https://renefijten.blogspot.com/2010/01/ray-bradbury.html

And I do love the caption: "Try the refreshing experience of springtime on Mars".
I couldn't have thought of a better one.

Friday, 17 April 2020

Faces

So what do you do during these Corona days? Excercise drawing faces, after pictures on the internet.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Mosaic

I participated on a mosaic game. A picture, devided inti 18 pieces, each given out to a different artist. THe fun this is you have no idea where your part is, or how it connects to the next one, or what the total is. Mine is the brown one, on the rigth, near the bottom. Really fun to do.
Thanks to Laura S. Fiat who organized it, and Wes Douglas who provided the origical picture.

Monday, 13 April 2020

The Outlook

I can't go out to do some nice on location drawings, and I just don't feel like painting after pictures.
So I decided to try some digital painting. I wanted to try Procreate, but you'll need a Ipad for that. So I used Autodesk Sketchbook, to be used with my touchscreen laptop.
It is my first all-digital drawing, and it took a while to get used to the pen and brushes, and find out where all the features are hidden. Not a very easy program to use. But here it is, something weird.