vrijdag 27 mei 2016

Sketching in Utrecht

Utrecht is one of my favorite places on the world. First of all, I was born in Utrecht ;-). And I still live in a village very close to Utrecht. So yesterday I took the bus into town and walked to the Dom Square (Domplein). The Dom tower, the Dom church and the Pandhof are all on the Square. The Pandhof is the garden of the old church and I love this place. It is beautiful and peaceful in the middle of a busy city center.
I was sketching in a new watercolor journal, the Travelogue from Hand Book. Love the paper and the format (I used the square). Both sides of the book stay flat, really enjoyed working in it.

Black and white sketch in pen (on site)

Colored sketch with watercolors (added at home)

maandag 16 mei 2016

Hello again

WOW, it has been a long time since I blogged anything. October 2015 was the last one, after my vacation on Samos in Greece... In the meantime lots has happened, my mother passed away in December and my sister and I were extremely busy with not only getting thru all the paperwork but also with clearing my mothers' house. Very stressful and emotional... My sister and I went almost 2 weeks to Curacao in February to recover and actually take some time to let everything sink in.

And now it is already May, I have been painting and sketching in between. I will show you the sketches of Curacao later.

This weekend I participated in the WetCanvas Weekend Drawing event. I choose the image of some beautiful red pomegranates. I decided to paint them with watercolors in layers. Pfff very painful process that needs a lot (too much?) patience. In the meantime I did a 5 minute watercolor sketch that came out really nice and another one in gouache. I love the spontanity in these 2 quicker paintings.

 Pomegranates in watercolor - 5 hrs. On 300gr Fabriano Artistico. 10" x 7"

Pomegranates in watercolor - 5 minutes. In Moleskine watercolor journal. 11" x 8"

Pomegranates in gouache - 45 minutes. In Moleskine watercolor journal. 11" x 8"