Saturday, 28 August 2010

Vineyard Tasting

With the wine harvest season coming up in this part of the world, grape picking and wine tasting holidays are being advertised with "tasty" photos. One of them in particular caught my eye and I used it for a watercolour sketch. Met de wijnoogst voor de deur worden druivenpluk- en wijnproeverij vakanties geadverteerd met "smakelijke" foto's. Een daarvan heb ik gebruikt als basis voor een aquarel.

Thursday, 19 August 2010


Some sunflowers in the garden broke off during a storm and thus wound up in a rather small vase on the dining room table, looking very picturesque. I tried to catch this in a watercolour. Not particularly satisfied with the result, but still, here it is. Door de storm omgewaaide zonnebloemen uit de tuin zien er in een vaasje op de eetkamertafel nog zeer schilderachtig uit. Hier een poging om het in een aquarel te vangen.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Sun King

In 1986, in the wake of their successful album "Love", British rock band The Cult performed at the Pinkpop festival in Geleen in the south of The Netherlands, near to where I live. As a young rock music and guitar enthusiast I enjoyed this performance very much, especially guitarist Billy Duffy's powerful guitar riffs and his use of mouthwatering Gretsch hollowbody electric guitars. In 1992 the band was back at Pinkpop (now in Landgraaf, the town where the festival is organized since 1988 and also the town where I now live) but this time delivered an ill-famed performance leading to the band being banned from future perfomances at the festival. Yesterday, 18 years later and after the ban was lifted, The Cult played the Pinkpop stage once again, now during the festival's Classic edition. This time I didn't go, but a photo in last weeks newspaper announcing the band's return to the festival and showing Billy Duffy in a heroic rock guitarist pose with one of his Gretsches triggered me to do a sketch instead. "Sun King", the title of the opening track from The Cult's 1989 "Sonic Temple" album again showcasing Billy's guitar work, seemed to be an appropriate title for this sketch. Ink pen and watercolour. Schets naar een foto in de krant van The Cult-gitarist Billy Duffy in actie met een van zijn prachtige Gretsch hollowbody elektrische gitaren. The Cult stond dit weekend voor de derde keer op het Pinkpop podium, dit keer in de Classic editie van het festival.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Dark Clouds over Étretat

Another sketch of Étretat, this time based on a photo by Olivier Mériel in a photography exhibition in Giverny, Normandy. Ink pen and watercolour. Donkere wolken boven Étretat. Wederom een schets van Étretat gebaseerd op een foto in een expositie.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Playing with Water

Used lots of water for an experiment in (very) wet-in-wet watercolour painting. Veel water gebruikt voor een experiment met (zeer) nat-in-nat aquarelleren.