Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Asterias apartments


We had an apartment in the Asterias village complex in Piskopiano. Actually very good 10/10. THis is the view from our balcony, over the hills towards the harbour and beaches of Chersonissos.

Tuesday, 30 August 2022


View on the central square of the old village of Chersonissos (better known from the tourist trap at the seaside, the original older village is a few kilometers to the inner lands). View from the terrace of "the village Inn".

Friday, 26 August 2022

Crete: Spinalonga

On one of our holydays we made a trip to Spinalonga, an island on the coast of Crete, which served as lepercolony. Untill 1950 or so, not even that long ago, It was very interesting, there were still a lot of remains of the colony there. I made the drawing on the boat returning to the nearest port, Elounda. I had only 10 minutes to make the drawing, before the island was invisible fron the boat. There were a few other tourists next to me, watching me making the drawing. They were completely in awe how I made the drawing, and were filming it all the time. It made my day. :)

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Crete, Jimny 4x4


Crete, Greece. We rented a small open 4x4, a Suzuki Jimny, so much fun to drive. We used it to cross the inner lands, the mountains and higher grounds of Crete. At times we would drive for an hour and not meet another car or living soul in these deserted villages. This was drawn from a terrace in Kastelli, sipping on a good coffee with a bottle of cool water next to it.

Monday, 22 August 2022

Crete, Piskopiano

Just returned from a holiday on Crete, Greece. A (very hot) week. WE had a great time, and I was able to make a few drawings there. This is the center of Piskopiano, a village next to the better known Hersonissos. In this village our appartment complex was located.

Thursday, 11 August 2022



Had a nice day of visit to Amsterdam. Visit to the modern art museum and managed to maka a quick sketch of this scene along the "Groenbrugwal", one of the many canals near the Waterlooplein. 

Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Hoensbroek Castle


Cycled along our castle, yesterday morning. I was struck by the almost graphic quality of the countre-jour (against the light) effect on the scene. So I stopped to make this drawing, in the heat. It was 30 degrees.

Monday, 1 August 2022

Demolition St Jan


There is a high school across the street, the St. Jnas college. I have spent a few years on that school and so have my wife and my children. Over the last two years they built a new school in the middle of the terrain, and now it's time to remove the old parts. This sketch is (or better was) the auditorium. It was a large hall for festivities, exams and recieving the final diplomas. It was raised on columns; under it was the bicycle parking. My friends and I used to spend out lunchbreaks there. Fond memories.