Sketches

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

Miyo

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.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Mouzon, France

I just returned from a great weekend in France again. Not Strasbourg (there are still drawings from that trip to be scanned) but Tétaigne, near Sedan and the Belgian border.
I had a plein-air painting weekend again with a group of dedicated painters, under the charming guidance of Annemiek Jongen. I will show the results in due time, but here is an appetizer.
This painting was made as a study for a larger painting. I added two rather random blobs of watercolour, and after drying tried to fit in the view over the city. A bit like Tia Boon Sim or Parka Sung. Not 100% satisfied,I have to do this more.
Anyway: a picture of the group: Tina, Jolanda, Jose, Annemiek, Gertie, Pam, Nienke en ikzelf.
Not on the picture: the perfect hosts of the Logies in Tétaigne: Han en André Linssen.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Garage JoJo Strasbourg


Another Garage that we made drawings in. This time Service JoJo, a restoration atelier specialised in restoring Citroen 2CV, aka "eend" (duck) as we call them in the Netherlands.
Here you see the sketchers clogged around a car to sketch it.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Carosserie HH Services


Cars, cars, cars. A feast of drawing cars in that vintage car repair shop: Carosserie HH Services.
I don't even know all models: MG PA 1935, Citroen Traction Avant 1948, Georges Irat around 1950, Morgan 2 seater about 1945. The Mercedes Gullwing is on another page.
Still more to come.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

First meter of Strasbourg

Here is the first meter of my drawings that I made in Strasbourg. There are 2 meters more to follow.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Merc Gullwing

Two images of the USK weekend in France, Strasbourg. Below another scene of the old houses in the centre of town, in this case next to the Cathedral. Quite German looking. Which should be no surprise as Germany is 2 km away across the river.
We also went to a vintage car restauration workshop, which had some beautiful cars in repair. Like this old Mercedes 300SL, the famous gullwing. The name comes from its flapping doors, hinged to the roof. But these doors were not yet mounted in this car. A beauty.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Harlingen, Friesland


Before I continue with the Strasbourg series, I will show you the drawings I made yesterday.
I had a business trip up north, to Harlingen, to visit a salt production plant. Harlingen is a very old Dutch town located directly on the sea.
It is as Dutch as you can get: canals, gabled houses, ship locks, sailing-boats, fishtrailers and so on.
Here are two sketches: above the old sail ship "de Marieje", dating from 1898. It just returned from a trip and was mooring.
The other is a gabled house on the Noorderhaven. There were a lot of these, hard to choose which to draw.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Strasbourg, France

I was in Strasbourg, France last weekend.
There was the national French Urban sketching weekend, organized by Lolo Wagner and his team (very well organized by the way!).
Over three days I met hundreds of other enthousiast sketchers, and made three meters of drawings in Leporello style (harmonica folded sketchbook).

This is the first drawing, of the cathedral.
I will post the other drawings in the coming days.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Fair in Heerlen

I was half an hour early for an appointment in Heerlen this morning. Enough time for a quick sketch of the fair in Heerlen. I painted it this evening, outside under the veranda.
The attractions were still closed, it was 8.00 AM. Funny, to see all these bright and yelling colours impatiently waiting for an an audience.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Città Imperiale

Invented cityscape. For those familiar with architectural styles: it's like Piranesi meets Sant'Elia. Not that I chose those two styles on purpose. I just had an idea and started drawing, and it evolved into this.
I had read a book on the italian interbellum architects Terragni and Libera recently, so apparently that futurist/rationalist/Mussolini building style stuck in my mind. Just drawing for fun.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Chevrolet Bel Air 1957


 I went to the Cruise-in, an American Vintage Car meeting in Brunssum.

There are always beautiful cars to sketch there. Like this shining red Chevrolet Bel Air dating back to 1957. The proud owner imported it from Virginia in 1987, and fully restored the car.
He even showed me the original Virginia number plates.
Here is a picture of the sketch, the car, and the owner.