Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Florence: waiting for the Uffizi

Waiting in line for the Uffizi Museum in Florence, for two hours. Enough time to make this sketch.
It was worth it.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Switzerland, Guernico

I could not post the last few days, I travelled with a group of students to Italy, Tuscany.
I had to teach dawinng and architecture there. But the Wifi was terrible, hardly any connection.
I had enough time to draw though, here is a sketch of the first day: a view from aa bridge in Guernico, in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Maastricht city hall

City hall of Maastricht. Very quick watercolour. It made this on location as instruction during drawing class.
Next to my daytime job, I also teach young architecture students how to sketch and draw.
Yesterday evening we went out, to do some outdoor exercises. You can still see the thin pencil line of the cube, which I used to build the perspective of the drawing.

Thursday, 17 September 2015


Bussinestrip to the Harz, Germany, for a new project. We stayed the night in a hotel in Wolfshagen, before dinner I made a walk through the village. There was nothing to see (except for a lot of Dutch senoir tourists, who looked fit enough for long walks through the steep hills with their nordic walking sticks).
I found this home for elderly people, which had nice woodstructure.
If I have to go here more often I will have trouble finding interesting things to sketch.....

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Brussels: thurn & taxis

I am running behind with my sketches, and don't have enough time to sketch at present. Regular work, the usual hobbies, teaching architect students to draw and organizing a sketching workshop in Volterra (Italy).
So this is a leftover of a quick sketch I made during an architectural visit with the students to Brussels.
It's an abandoned and burned out railway house on a former trainyard, called thurn & taxis. The new office towers are slowly creeping towards this part of the town.

Friday, 11 September 2015

10.000 kilometres

I just found out that I ran 10.000 km in 10 years and 3 months.
Even though I am running regularly since 1981, I started to keep track on a simple excel list since may 2005. Just the distances. I am surprised that I came that far, considering I had a serious ankle injury some years ago; and could not run for almost a year.
I did not run all these kilometres on these shoes of course, this is my ninth pair of Brooks Addiction since I kept track.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Liège: houses

I am lagging behind. I lost some data with the loss of the computer, and I just noticed that I did not post this drawing of about a month ago.
A row of colourful houses in a suburb of Liège.
I took a wrong turn on a road I had traveled a lot of times (I ended up in the wrong lane, it turned left). But sometimes something like this delivers fresh views and new subjects.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

An architect's dream

Experimenting with coloured inks. I bought a book with illustrations by Sergio Toppi (italian), he has a fantastic style of drawing. It inspired me to this drawing.
The head is based on a picture by Le Corbusier, for me the symbol of the visionary architect.
The building in the background is just a fantasy design of mine.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Sta. maria della concezione

A little morbid scene this time. This is a scene in one of the chapels of the Capucine monastry Santa Maria della Concezione. They used thousands of skulls and bones of deceased monks to decorate the chapels.
Obviously we were not allowed to take pictures, but a drawing was less of a problem.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Rome: Miguele

A beggar at the steps of the church Sant'Agnese in Agone, on the tourist ridden Piazza Navona.
He notticed me drawing him - obviously, a guy like that will observe the public around him with a lot of attention.
He told me he liked the sketch very much, but the was after he received my decent tip.
He told me his name was Miguele. These steps were his regular hangout, As a matter of fact, I had made the photograph I show here quite accidentally two days before.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Maastricht Jodenstraat

Just an in-between sketch. I still have a few Rome sketches to post, but for a change of taste here is one I made last friday.
Made during a (somewhat extended) lunchbreak. The Jodenstraat in Maastricht.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Bernini on Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona, in the centre of Rome is probably the most crowded square. I made this drawing of the big foutain in the middle (Fontane di Fiumi, fountain of the four waters). the four sides represent 4 continents, with its major rivers symbolized: the Donau, the Nile, The Ganges and Rio de la Plata.
The fountain was made by Bernini, and features in the Dan Brown book of course.
I wanted to draw the oblisk (on top), and the church (St. Agnese in Agone) in the background as well, but all together would have made the fountain too small. Especially in a A5 booklet.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Rome: forum Augustus

Drawn along the central Via dei fori imperiali, in the midst of the excavations.
The strong forms of the pinetrees struck me in this particular view.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Rome: EUR

This is the Rome as Mussolini would have liked to see.
He wanted to show the world how brilliant fascism was (I am cynical), so he organized a World Expo meant to open in 1942, the "Esposizione Universale di Roma".
A whole new borough, just outside the city center, with wide lanes and impressive neoclassical buildings.
Quite a megalomatic enterprise, and this building was meant to be the highlight: the Palazzo della Civiltà del Lavoro. (the palace for the civilization of work).
It's also sometimes referred to as "the square colosseum".

Anyway, a worldwar interfered, and the area was never totally finished. What is left is a city layout and some stark buildings, whose architecture is not even all that bad. It's meant to impress, and it does that very well.
I just get a foul taste in my mouth recalling where these ideas originated.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Castel Sant'angelo

A sketch of the Castel Sant'angelo.
The one from the books of Dan Brown.
We had just returned from the tourist ridden Vatican city, and it was nice a quiet along the river bank.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Rome Colosseum

Two sketches of the Colosseum in Rome. The bottom one was made while standing in line to get a ticket.
I mean, the amount of tourists in Rome was huge, in this case we had o stand in line for 3/4 of an hour. Nothing compared to the row in front of the Vatican Museum though - 2 hours.....

But I had to be quick.
The top one was made in the Colosseum itself.
I had forgotten how impressive the building is.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Rome Pantheon

Rome the Pantheon.
I visited the city with my son, Mart. A good father-son moment in time. We had a terrific time: enjoyed the immense heat, saw all the beautiful places, enjoyed good coffee and italian food. What more to wish for.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Rome. Forum Romanum

I am in rome right now, visiting the city with my son mart. I am writing on an iphone, no long stories this time. More to tell When i am back. Drawing of the Forum Romanum. 

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Liège: fleamarket

Had a nice day of making drawings in Liège (Luik) yesterday. Nice weather.
Here a scene on the large fleamrket in Outremeuse, held each fridaymorning.