Anyway, we visited the "Kunsthaus Wien", which has a nice terrace in the backyard. Shaded trees, colourful architecture and good coffee. What more do you need for a decent sketch?
Monday, 20 May 2013
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
I managed to spend half an hour after breakfast to make this drawing, just before we left for the city centre of Vienna for a visit to the Prater and the Hundertwasserhouse.
If you look closely to the picture of me in action (posted a few days ago), you can see this drawing on the other page of the Prater view drawing.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
In this case, we made the tour in the castle Schönbrunn, just outside Vienna. We visited the rooms and exhibitions, and made a nice long walk though the park in the warm sun. We ended on a beautiful terrace with some nice cold icecoffee and a beer, in full view of the castle.
But drawing that facade would have been totally uninteresting, at least from where we sat.
So I decided to draw the icecoffee.
After all, it's less important what you draw, as long as it represents the memories of the place.
Sunday, 12 May 2013
We had very good weather, at least until Saturday, when it started raining.
It was the first time I visited the city, I always thought it was a bit old fashioned, boring and uncool. Well, was I wrong! I loved it there.
Visited the center, the Hofburg, Schloss Schönbbrunn, the Prater, Hundertwasserhaus and so on.
Here is the impression of the city centre, as seen from the old and famous Ferris wheel in the Prater (a large park). I drew and painted this during the trip, which lasts about 10 minutes.
Friday, 10 May 2013
But they definitely did NOT sound "Miserabel"!
I have a lot of respect for the guys playing the Sousaphone; that thing must be so heavy! And you never get to play the solo.
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Anyway, the farmers wife put her hand in the calfs mouth, and he was desperately sucking it all the time as I made this drawing. He probably thought there was milk.
I had to make this sketch really quick, just within a few minutes, afraid that the scene would change.
Sunday, 5 May 2013
I am not a cow aficionado, but these are very beautiful animals. White, sturdy and huge: bulls can easily reach up to 2 meters, and weigh 1600kg (the weight of a small Landrover). They are the largest race of cattle worldwide. But most beautiful are the calves: the first few months they are brown and stand on very tall legs. With these legs and their large eyes they almost resemble to Bambi!
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
The installation was in Amsterdam, but there were festivities all over the country. We went to Eindhoven, where the festivities were dedicated to the youth: spread all over the city centre I counted at least 9 podia, with deejays playing Hiphop, Dance and House music. Also a few live bands.
These two (not so young) Dutchmen were sitting on a low wall enjoying a glass of beer in the Spring sun on the central market place, watching the official ceremonies on the big overhead screens. While enduring the heavy beats and deep basses of the music.
Below a sketch of the freemarket near the PSV stadium. Even if it was pretty crowded, it was not as lively as the one in Utrecht that we visited in recent years.
Sunday, 28 April 2013
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Sunday, 21 April 2013
Ook was er veel live muziek, dat dan ook een gewillig onderwerp voor veel tekeningen vormde.
We waren met 18 crawlers van 3 nationaliteiten; vooral het enthousiasme van de groep was erg geslaagd.
Bovenste rij vlnr: Nico, Pam, Glenis, Arthur, Ruud, Robert, Margriet, Agnes, Annette, Alma.
Onderste rij: Maria, Pim, René, Jos, Ankie, Tineke, Kelsey. Op de foto ontbreekt alleen Jacqueline.
Yesterday we had our 4th Limburg Sketchcrawl, this time in Heerlen. There was an art fair, with a lot of music and artists selling their work. We were lucky enough to have good weather, fresh but sunny (let's briefly forget about the wind, it's still the Netherlands). The group was quite large, 18 people of 3 nationalities, but the enthusiasm of the participants was heart-warming.
As always, I'll post the results the coming few days, on http://sketchcrawllimburg.blogspot.nl/
Friday, 19 April 2013
This is the 8th year old boy Martin Richard, who got killed in the bomb explosion. His sister lost a leg, his mother suffered from brain damage. And he lost his life, only because he went looking for his father to finish the marathon.
May we all live by the words of the drawing that he put on Facebook: no more hurting people.
Thursday, 18 April 2013
Nowadays I am trying to be more carefull about choosing the right angle/composition, and what to draw and (occasionally) what to leave out.
I deliberately stopped a little early, in order not to lose myself into those little details that sometimes spoil a drawing. Did the last enhancements at home, just by memory, to try and catch what my eye remembered seeing.
I will still stick to reality, but I more and more feel that trying to capture the "spirit" of the subject is more important than correctly fitting in all the details.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Friday, 12 April 2013
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
So yesterday, returning from a visit to a client in Roermond, I passed this little chapel in the middle of some bare fields. It was located just across the border in Germany, and there it stood: quiet and alone, guarded by two huge solemn trees.
Time to stop the car and draw!
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Another life portrait session. This is Anne; she wore a very large flaboyant hat, and had a nice delicate face. Goal was to paint without linework or preliminary study; just go for it, using large brushes with dynamic strokes.
Saturday, 30 March 2013
The last 15 years Ton was responsible for the international growth of our company in Eastern Europe, the middle east and south east Asia, but in the 90's he was director of Tebodin Maastricht. During that time this was one of the projects he worked on.
I handed the drawing over to Ton last thursday evening in our main office in The Hague; we had a good party afterwards. I really hope this drawing will be a token of our gratitude for everything he did for Tebodin.
Some of you may recall an earlier version of this drawing, made 3 months ago. Unfortunately that drawing was made in a sketchbook, so I couldn't tear it out. As the subject was so fitting for Ton's present, I remade the drawing (again on location) on decent paper 2 weeks ago.
The drawings was fitted in a nice frame 45x55cm, but I forgot to make a picture of that.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
So I was thrilled to be able to visit the Piranesi exhibition in London (in the sir John Soane museum). As far as I am concerned, the highlight of the exhibition was a fantastic drawing of an architectural fantasy, consisting only of red chalk lines and brown ink. It inspired me to make this fantasy in the same style. My own carceri d'invenzione.