Sketches

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Sketchcrawl Maastricht (2)

This is another drawing that I made during the sketchcrawl. The baroque pulpit of the St. Jans church in Maastricht, halfway the hall. The St. Jan is a  protestant church, Catholic ones like the adjacent  St. Servaas preach from the choir/altar.
The other drawings are less interesting or unfinished, so they will not be posted.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sketchcrawl Maastricht


I am a bit slow with posting presently.
So in between the Greece drawings, I'll post the results of the sketchcrawl of yesterday, in Maastricht.
The weather was horrible, continuous rain, so we drew inside. First the St. Jan, a protestant church. Second the Cellebroederskapel, the chapel of a former monastery. A chapel so hidden, I didn't even knew it existed.
The above drawing is of the structure of that chapel, dating back to about 1535.
The other sketches will follow.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Crete: Georgioupolis

Just returned from our anual holiday trip. This time to Greece, Crete to be more specific.
We had a terrific time in a small fishing village called Georgioupolis. large enough to have enough tourist stuff like beaches, car rentals and restaurants, but not so much tat you feel that you're not in Greece anymore.
This is a scene as seen from the beach, a little white chapel on a cliff in the water. We were chatting with some locals while making this.
More to come.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Doodling

Took my coloured ink and made a few random splashes of colour on a sheet of paper.
Then I stared at it the hard way, untill I found something within the splashes that I could draw.
Fun.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Glass Fruit Bowl

My latest Glass project, a fused fruit bowl. Made of several sheets of glass, with coloured enamels in between. It was for my mothers birthday, but it took a little longer, the birthday is aready a2 months overdue. The bowl had to be fired twice, and the heating spirals of the oven were broken in between.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Fiat 600 Multipla

I saw this cute Fiat on the weekly vintage car meting in Brussum. A Fiat 600 Multipla, from 1962.
The car was based on a Fiat 600 chassis, but could carry 6 pesons in a car hardly longe than the oiginal Mini of those days. It was beautifully restored.

I made the drawing in little more about than 10 minutes, the owner was about to leave, and it was getting dark.

The car and it's proud owner.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Nentershausen

Businesstrip to Frankfurt, after standinng for 2,5 hours ins severe traffic jam (the motorway was totally blocked), we took the byroads. But My Collegue had to stop for a short sanitary stop, by chance at this stonebreaker factory. It took just two minutes to make the pendrawing, and maybe another 10 to paint; we were driving again by that time. Exlaines the wobbly lines.
Somewhere near Nentershausen.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Riley and MG

Thursday evening, at the weekly meeting of vintage car enthousiasts.
There was this beautiful Riley from 1950 and MGT from 52, I could not refrain from drawing them.


The proud owner of the MG

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Boat stuck in ice

My brother in law, Richard Abbink, had an exhibition of watercolours in the Visserijmuseum in Woudrichem last weekend.
He makes great watercolours of that region, the Biesbosch. The landscape there are mostly wide rivers and marshes, but very beautiful and peaceful. Exactly what he manages to convey in his paintings.

During the opening I saw an old powerfull B&W picture of a boat stuck in the ice. Shot a hazy photo with my camera.
I used a water soluble brushpen (Koi-Sakura) in this drawing: almost all the grey tones come from diluting the ink and spreading it, to achieve that cold hazy look.
Not convinced by the result, but I am getting there.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Ellen Jordano

Saw a picture of a 82 year old woman in a magazine, Ellen Jordano. No idea who that is, but her eyes hit me.
I wanted to draw something with my regular pencils (Derwent HB). It feels good to draw again.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Utrecht

Utrecht Maartensbrug. Not much time to draw the last few weeks.
Not that I don't want to, but time escapes me.
But I discovered I had not posted this drawing yet, from the Urban sketching meeting last May. This is the Maartensbrug in Utrecht.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Off the Shoulder of Orion.

I wanted to draw something today. During Lunchtime I sat staring at a fresh new page of my just openened Moleskine sketchbook.
Made a quick thumbnail on a yellow post-it, and started drawing. My usual lunchtime is half an hour, but today I took a quarter of an hour extra.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Sharkeye & son, Private Investigators





As some of you may know, I am handling a collaborative comic, "No Right Turn".
This is chapter 5. Named after the detective bureau where it all started: Sharkeye and Son.
Storyline and production: myself. Drawings: Intro by me, then Cat Andrew (UK), Lee Kline (Florida), myself, Julie Henze (Dutch) and Jim Scheel (Los Angeles).

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Sharkeye and son

I am still working on that collaborative comic: "No right turn". Proceeding slowly, but still proceeding. Chapter 5 is almost finished. Carlos Merlo could not continue with his drawing of the private investigator "Sharkeye", so I stepped in myself.
Sharkeye got beaten up by the cops; they wanted to find Desirée, the Femme Fatale of the comic. And Sharkeye let her and Bob (his son) escape.
A scan of the original sketch.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Zuyderland hospital, Sittard

The Zuyderland hospital in Sitttard. Only a few years old, state of the art.
It was so state of the art with new ways of technology, digitalisation and separation of patient, personnel and material (pharmaceutical) streams, that it was very, very expensive. And went bankrupt within a few years.

But even if bankrupt, and saved by the government (what else could they do), the hospital is there for the region to use.

This is the giant central atrium where all departments open into, and where all patients proceed towards the stations. On the exterior walls the corridors for personnel and medical devices are located. They ever cross.

I made this drawing while waiting for Gertie, to recover from surgery.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

KFC eating.

These two were sitting across my table, when I was having dinner at the Kentucky Fried Chicken in Sittard. Not my usual hangout, but it's across the bridge from the main hospital Zuyderland in Sittard. I was there while waiting for Gertie, after she was recovering from some knee surgery.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Jake's painting

video

Last weekend my grandson, Jake, made a nice surprise painting for his Dad, Bob. For Fathersday.
Just imagine, he's barely 18 months old.
It was just great to see him working at it, with that determination that all great artist have..... It looks like creativity jumped a generation (haha).

In  the end the tape was peeled of.
You could hear him think: why did Mom destroy my beautiful abstract work? 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Terraforming


I haven't posted much drawings lately. I had a dip in inspiration and preferred reading books in the present warm spring weather under our walnut tree in the back garden.
A few days ago I started drawing an eye, (of the left astronaut) in ink. Slowly, and completely unplanned I made this ink drawing. The drawing evolved under my hands.
You can find it below. Then with Gimp I added colours and a background.
You can seethe result above. It's about astronauts making a remote planet into a habitable environment. No Aliens so far.
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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Camaro SS

Not the best of my car drawings, but I loved making it, and admire the curves of this beautiful car.
A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS, as seen at the Cruise-in meeting for vintage US (and other) cars, in Brunssum.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Our Castle

Our town has a huge medieval castle, dating from the 13th century, and probably long before that.
It's not a good sign to have a castle like this, it means that there were a lot of wars and gangs roaming this region. You don't need a castle when there is no threat.

An impression of the total complex, the drawing represents the central part. You have to cross three bridges to get there,.

Anyway, I decided to make this drawing today, it was nice and sunny on the terrace across the moat.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Mila, with Cat-titude.

Quick sketch of one of our cats, Mila. Sitting quietly in our garden.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Liege, marche de puces

I noticed I forgot to post this drawing, made a month ago, during our little trip trough Belgium and France. The flea market in Liège, belgium. It was not very warm that day.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Utrecht Domtoren

Utrecht National Urban Sketching Meeting. I gave the "negative space" workshop, which means I only have little time left for drawing.
I managed to make this one of the Domtoren, which used to be the highest tower of the Netherlands.
I was sitting on the terrace of an Indian restaurant, which was pure luck, because it briefly rained. Short but strong. Luckily we were covered by a canopy.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Neu-Isenburg

Before I post the drawings of the Urban Sketchers meeting, here is a drawing that I made yesterday morning. Businesstrip again, to Neu-Isenburg (Germany), just below the flight path of the Frankfurt airport.
Stood up half an hour early to sketch this scene. Before I started I made a big coloured stain on the page, and made te drawing on top. Somehow it interferes with the drawing, which (sometimes) gives a vivid effect. A good way to loosen up the drawing style.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Utrecht, National USK day.


Last Saturday we had a national Urban Sketching day in Utrecht, with 100 enthusiastic participants.
I helped organizing it, my part was mostly organizing the workshops.
There were three: Christiaan Afman Veenema did "blind drawing and continuous lines", Julia Henze did Lettering of Urban Sketchers", and I did "Negative space".
The workshops were a huge success, not in the least because of the dedication of the participants. In my workshop they worked hard and concentrated, I did not make it easy.
Unfortunately I did not make pictures during the workshop, have to think about that the next time.
As teacher you don't have a lot of time left to draw, I only made 2 drawings. Will post them later.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Forgotten lives

I made this painting for the biannual exhibition and amateur artists competition "Inbeeld".
The theme was "silent lives".
It reminded me of about how we wiped out our shared history of the coalmines in this region. I said it before, there is nothing left but ugly scars in the landscape.
And the miners themselves (almost all are gone now), they kept silent about that era. If I remind correctly, back then they didn't even talk about underground. As if it were 2 different worlds, below and above.
I used fibreboard, put tilemortar on it, gessoed it, then an underpainting of acrylic. Finally oilpaint,
60x70cm.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Kitty

My last live model painting of this year. Kitty this time. We were supposed o work on this painting 2 saturdays in a row, but I was finished after 2 hours.

I kept the bottom half unpainted, the white is the gesso, to emphasise the head. The purple was chosen as contrast to her very white hair (the real background was bleak grey).
I was very pleased with the portrait, and so was Kitty.

Acrylic on fireboard, 40x60cm.



Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Zeche Zollverein

Before we visited the opera "Einstein on the Beach" in Dortmund, my son and I visited the old coal mines of Zeche Zollverein, near Essen.
This coal mine has stopped for years, and is now preserved as monument to Industrial Architecture.
It's fantastic, especially the part where they used to make cokes. This scene.
The coal would be heated for hours to 180 degrees in the closets on the right, and then dumped into the water and transported.
It reminds me of my youth: there was a huge coalmine around the corner, literally (Staatsmijn Emma), and I still remember that I could see the same kind of cokes-furnaces from the bridge crossing the railroads on the Akerstraat.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Einstein on the Beach, Dortmund

Yesterday my son Mart and I went to Dortmund (Germany) to see the Opera "Einstein on the Beach" by Philip Glass.
My favourite composer and my all-time favourite piece of music.
This was an exceptionally good performance. I saw the same opera in Amsterdam a few years ago, in original the 1978 and even the original perfomers. And that was really 1978.
This was contemporary, abstract, with computer steered visual displays (the background images pulsate, move and change with the actual performed music, so each concert is different).
It was 3 1/2 hours non-stop repetitive music. I would go again tomorrow if Dortmund wasn't a full 2 hour drive away. 
Above picture is mine, at the start of the concert, the bottom one from the site of the Operahouse Dortmund.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Montmedy and Tetaigne

I had a nice weekend in the North of France, last weekend. To celebrate out 28th wedding anniversary. Even though the weather wasn't all that good, we had a terrific time.
We stayed in Tetaigne, a tiny village near Sedan. Our former neighbours have a Bed & Breakfast & Dinner there, Lovely place to stay and dine. We exchanged many good stories of the old days.
On saturday we made a trip through the surroundings. Montmedy is an old military town, with a fortified citadel. The weather was good enough for a coffee on the terrace on the market square, so I had chance to draw this scene.
 This is a view of Tetaigne from our lodgings. More or less all of the village. :)

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Jake's song

I sometimes make music.
My Grandson, Jake, now 15 months old, was brabbeling away, and I used that soundbite to compose this song. Made with MusicMaker and Beatbox, I played most instruments myself.




Sunday, 23 April 2017

Germaïn again

The same model, Germaïn again. (I made a mistake with his name, not Jamin but Germaïn).
This time I took a simple sheet of plywood, and tried to paint subtle, trying to keep the wood character into the painting. Even though the resemblance is ot striking, I think it looks vivid. For a life portrait session I guess that accounts for something.
Acrylic on plywood, 50x60cm.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Hulsberg

The church of Hulsberg.
I made the sketch while waiting for the Easter mass to begin. As Gertie sings in the choir, they have to warm up their voices half an hour before the start. I walked around the church and made this fast little sketch.
Just added the background colour at home.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Germaïn


This is Germaïn, a very good model, which we had the pleasure to paint last Saturday during live portrait painting class. It was supposed to be a two mornings session, but somehow the painting worked out so vivid, that I decided to leave it at this. I had something totally different in mind with the red background, but somehow the red appearing in parts of the face, together with the gesso-white of the fibreboard just worked out fine. Acrylic paint on wood, about 40x60cm.
Here are the earlier stages of the painting, and a picture of Germaïn (I posted this picture without his permission, I don't know how to reach him, if there is any problem I will remove it).
I show it here to show which choices I deliberately made.

(editorial note: I made a mistake with Germaïn's name, it's corrected now).

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Klimt again

Pretty busy lately, it's often like that in this time of year.
One of the things I did the last few months is (re)working this painting.
I was not content so far. I changed a few things, like trees and skin. It's done now.
If you want to see last years version, see this link.
http://renefijten.blogspot.nl/2016/06/girl-reading-klimt.html

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Elsloo, view from my office

View from my office window. I was just in time to make this. The last few days the trees in front of my window start getting leaves, and this view will be obscured until autumn. Not a great loss.