Sunday, 28 April 2013

More Sketchcrawl

I tried a different technique, on larger format, of the people enjoying the music of the band "Miserabel".

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Sketchcrawl sketches 2

A guy selling marmelade and self made juices, made during the sketchcrawl.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Sketchcrawl 39

Gisteren hadden we een geslaagde sketchcrawl! We stonden in Heerlen bij het raadhuis, tijdens de kunstmarkt, als onderdeel van de Jaarmarkt. Het was ondanks de straffe wind toch wel goed weer: fris, maar wel met een fraai zonnetje.
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

Friday, 19 April 2013

Timeline April: Martin Richard

Timeline (every 15th of the month I choose an image to draw) was easy this time: the Boston Marathon attack. Enough horrible pictures of the explosions aftermath, but none as impressive as this one.
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

More Chemelot

Another lunchtime sketch today, somewhere on the chemical plant "Chemelot" (a.k.a. DSM-Geleen). Actually it was just five minutes walk, but it took some walking around to find an interesting spot.
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

Sketchcrawl april 20th

I am organizing another sketchcrawl next sarurday (I know, the real one was last saturday, but I was busy). This time: art market, Heerlen, 13.00 hours, assemble at the cityhall, entrance Geleenstraat. Want to join?

Friday, 12 April 2013

St. Odiliënberg

Another sketch returning from Roermond. A nice view across the fields to the Dutch village St. Odiliënberg. The church is the Basilica of the Saints Plechemus, Wiro and Otger. I must admit I never heard of them, but they founded this church in around AD 765. There is not much left of the original Roman basilica, most was "restored" in the 19th century, destroyed in the 2nd World War and rebuilt in the 50's.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Herkenrather Kapelle

Weather has been horrible for outside drawing lately; snow, frost and freezing wind. But since a few days the weather has improved!
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

A large hat

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.

I am the most content about the second try, below the first painting. Both took about one hour to make, acrylic paint on paper 50x60cm.