Wednesday, 1 April 2015


I had to babysit this evening, to Tom, the half-year old son of Tamara, a good friend of my wife. He is such a cute, quiet and lovely boy. And his eyes keep looking around. After an hour he went to sleep, which gave me the opportunity to make these two drawings of him.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Transfer technique

Experimenting with new materials. This time "Transfer technique". Use a laserprint  copy of a photo, rub the image side in with Acrylic Binder, and glue it on paper (which should have a coat of wet acrylic binder as well). After a day you can rub off the copy paper with some lukewarm water, and the mirrored image is stuck to the canvas. Then paint over it, trying to preserve parts of the original and yet making something new out of it.
The image was based on a combination of two photos I once made in India. The result may not be very good, but it was a first try, and as such worth trying.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Horus returns from the furnace

Horus came out of the furnace looking great. I am really glad how it turned out. Unfortunately the picture is not that good, I hope to make a decent one after I made the cherry-wood sockle. That will be a challenge in itself, the bottom part will have to be incorporated.

Monday, 23 March 2015


An unexpected surprise, at least one that I had forgotten about.
I recieved a box with 100 postcards from 65 Urban sketchers. A beautiful set in a nice box. With all my favourite sketchers: Rob Carey, Lapin, Florian, Inma, Liz Steel, James Hobbs and so on.
And one of my drawings was in it: the drawing I made in 2009 of the Flatiron building in New York.
They asked for permission of course, but that was more than half a year ago.
It's by the same publisher as the Urban Sketchers book, Quarry Books.
ISBN 978-1-63159-021-4.

Thursday, 19 March 2015


Lunchtime last Tuesday. Beautiful spring weather, too nice to stay behind my desk.
I found this cute old facade just across the bridge over the Maas. I was standing at a busstop, and while I stood drawing an old man chatted me up, telling me that he had been draughtsman in the (famous) ateliers of architect Cuypers in Roermond. Nice to hear these kind of stories.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015


Firestorm, an impression based on the devastating air raids in World war 2.
I visited an art exhibition in Venlo this weekend. There was work of Jef Diederen on display, and one of his paintings, in red and black, made a huge impression. It reminded me of the old coalmines and cokes furnaces from my youth.
And an exhibition on war and peace, with work of Anselm Kiefer, Ger Lataster and Armando among others. These two impressions came together in this work, where I experimented with red watercolour and chinese ink. Actually this is version 6, the first that I was content with.
In a Moleskine watercolour book A4.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Update on Horus

Horus: I painted the glass object with enamel (emaille) today, in between the glass plates.
I will go into the oven this week to be melted. The big question: how will it come out....

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Lost, but still not found

A difficult painting this time. I worked a long time on this painting (made after a live model).
It all had to do with Terry Miura's "lost and found" technique: how far can you go with melting the background into the subject, without losing it's form and meaning. And then bring an accent into the game, like a focal point or light spot.
I was not content with the bottom version, the result after 2 live model sessions. So I reworked it towards the top one. But I am not sure it became better.
If anyone could offer some advice?

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Glass Horus

My new glass fusion project: Horus.
I posted it on facebook, and Jane Pereira Siebert (from Cape Town, South Africa) commented: "Wonderful shapes! How were you inspired to create this design?".
I must say that was a difficult question. 
I wanted to start on a new glass object, and started out with sketching a table with a vase on it. I drew it with pencil on the back side of an envelope. You can see the original envelope on below picture.
Don't ask me how
it evolved into this bird like object, but I think it has to do with the fact that I had visited an opera about a Egyptian Pharaoh the night before, Akhnaten (in Antwerpen, together with my kids, Rianne and Mart). I guess the image of Horus, the Egyptian god with the falcon head subconsciously played a role when arriving at this image.

But here is the funny part: I didn't make the connection that evening, the composition just looked like it was supposed to be. I realized the connection to the opera only a few days later.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Feed design lab

I was asked to attend a symposium about animal food innovation, organized by "Feed design lab" and Tebodin/Bilfinger.
The reason I was there because I was asked to visualize the outcomes of the brainstorm session.
That was very hard to do, in fact it turned out to be practically impossible. The session took 45 minutes, and there were 7 groups. The groups would be on steam after 20 minutes, so I had only 25 minutes left: that means about 3 minutes per group. To listen, catch the essence, think about an image and sketch it.
In the end I managed 6 images.

As I had to work fast, I used markers. I had not used those since my studies in architecture, back in the 80s. Here is the testimage I made during the symposium. Just within a few minutes.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015


Another businesstrip, this time for a seminar held in the centre of the Netherlands, in Zaltbommel.
Zalbommel is an old Holland town, located on one of the large streams, the Waal.

After the seminar I had an half hour left before dark, enough to draw and paint this scene of the harbour. But is was very cold, a bit above freezing point, 3 degrees Celsius. This meant the water on the paper dried very slowly and formed pools. It took me another half an hour to get warmed up again.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Goslar again

A business trip to Goslar (Germany) again. As it is early dark, and I was travelling with colleagues, I had no chance to go into town and make a drawing of the beautiful houses over there.
So what was left is this early morning view from my hotel room window. I made this in about 10 minutes, and added some touchups later that day in the car driving home (I was not driving).
I hope to be able to do better sketches next time.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Peleosso 2

Last Sunday I wanted to draw something. Anything. Just another fantasy city.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Glass fusion

Another glass project that I have been working on this new year. After making stained glass, leaded windows, and glass objects, I went to experiment with glass fusion.
This object is about 30 cm high, an abstraction of a city scape. It was my first attempt at glass fusion: I made it to find out how enamel colours behave when pushed to mingle in between sheets of glass. And what it looks like after its melted together.
As example: the left part consist of four sheets of plain glass, one with enamel in three colours in between, the other with aluminium and copper foil, and one with (special) wire in between.
I am going to use this experience in the next object.

Monday, 23 February 2015


On my birthday, yesterday, I treated myself and my son Mart and daughter Rianne to a modern opera: Akhnaten, by composer Philip Glass. It was performed yesterday evening in Antwerpen.
Absolutely superb (the pictures are not mine, these were found on the internet by Annemie Augustijns).
The music of Aknathen (together with Einstein on the beach) has always been my favourite piece of music.

The opera was about the life of Aknathen, a Egyptian Pharaoh, who arguably "invented" the monotheism.
At least he was the first to accept the idea of a common God, called Aten, instead of the previous worshipping of countless lesser gods, stars, moons and suns.

Thursday, 19 February 2015


The last of the carnival drawings, like the previous one this one was made during the "Konkours van de zaate herremeniekes". There were a lot of sambabands playing in the streets, at least five of them. This one is Passatempo, a very good and colourful band.
I made the drawing on location, and talked with the drummers afterwards. Here is a picture showing some members of the band.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Ut Konkoers in Maastricht

Today is the last day of Carnaval, for some a good reason to go for the last mile, but not for me. I went back to work today.
Luckily my office at present is in Maastricht, so after work I went into town, to visit the "konkoers vaan de zaate herremeniekes" (to be translated as: the musical battle of the drunken brassbands).
All carnaval brassbands and samba bands assemble on the main square "Vrijthof" and play for the BIG prize: eternal glory. Everyone wins of course.
I was able to draw and paint a few sketches, one of this fantastic dressed up group. As you can see my drawing does not even come close to the purple beauty of reality.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Optocht Heerlen

More parades, today was Heerlen (Hoensbroek, my home town is part of the municipality of Heerlen).
Over 200 colourful groups walked the parade today. They had started at 12.15 PM, and when we left at about 16.30 there were still some 30 numbers to go.
Yesterdays parade was about elaborate floats and huge numbers of dancing youth. Today's parade was about bizarre and baroque dressed up groups with less elaborate floats.
Anyway, I drew and painted this on location. I had to work fast, as the group would continue to pass, and I had to capture the image within something like two minutes.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Optocht Meers

Carnaval is here again. Today we visited the first of the carnaval parades, this time in Meers, near Stein.
My daughter Rianne lives there now. They had a very long and good parade, especially if you consider that it's a tiny village. And we had nice weather: a bleak but already warm sun.
At a certain point the parade came to a halt, which gave me the opportunity to sketch and paint this scene on location: a float of the group: "de Flierefluiters" from Stein.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

1000 posts !

This post is the blogpost number 1000.
A regular milestone, I never thought I would be doing blogging for such a long time. Or sketching for that matter.
I started exactly 8 years ago, in February 2007. And this is really pure coincidence: my first post was about "Cowrunning". Back in those days I was still captain of a running team, and I remember we won that year the B-I-G prize.
And guess what: tonight the tournament was held again, as starter for the Carnaval weekend.
Unfortunately I cannot participate, our team fell apart three years ago, but I still enjoy watching the spectacle. This drawing was made on location, but painting the sketch did not work: too cold and too crowded.
I am ready for the next 1000 posts.