Sunday, 19 March 2017
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
And it was beautiful weather: spring has arrived, soft temperatures and nice smells in the air.
During my lunchbreak walk I passed along the polling station in Elsloo, where some senior citizens were chatting with all the time on their hands. I had to return to office. Tsja.
Tuesday, 14 March 2017
A horse head, sheet glass with mixed emaille colours, and small stripes of glass on top.
Yesterday I finished the base glass, added the colours, and made the horse's manes.
Here is an image of the design, the statue will be about 30 cm high.
Friday, 10 March 2017
Modern day communication. In the 10 minutes that I made this impression he did not even move his hand or shifted in his position.
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
It's an ancient technique in which small glass particles are glued into a mold, and then heated.
It's very hard to make. I started with this technique in May last year or something like that.
This is the 4th trial of the blue bowl, and the 2nd version of the brown one.
And even though the brown one looks good on the picture, it has a deep cut in the bottom.
Keep in mind that each version cost at least 3 weeks (monday evenings in atelier) to make.
We found that the oven is probably not balanced enough for this type of heating.
I don't know if I will ever do this again.
Saturday, 4 March 2017
I already reworked the picture into an urban sketch, which eventually lead to a comic in which sketchers all over the world participated. The sketch is shown below.
I tried to learn from the fantastic work of the L.A. based artist William Wray, who does similar treatment of Urban scenes.
I tried his themes before, without much success, but this is the first time that I am really content with the result.
Gonna do more like this.
Thursday, 2 March 2017
Monday, 27 February 2017
Each part of town has it's own Princes, dressed up groups and carnaval floats. This is the float of Mariarade (where I live). The group is called Blauw-wit (blue-white, I guess after the iconic colours of Mother Maria). The colourful dressed up group is walking/dancing behind, on the rhythm of local Carnaval music.
We were lucky with the weather: the forecast had told us about heavy rain and gusts of wind, but that started only after the last float (of the prince of Hoensbroek) arrived at the market square.
Saturday, 25 February 2017
The parades sometime halt for some time, as some large floats have difficulty to make turns in the narrow streets of these small villages.
That gave me enough time to make above sketch.
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Sunday, 19 February 2017
A very quick sketch of my lunch there, Curry Wurst. This was not the local Niedersachsiche dish, but the Ruhrgebiet version. In the the latter the curry is more spicy, the sausage is of the "bratwurst" type, and cut in pieces. But they both taste good.
Houses and the theatre across the railroad tracks in Goslar.
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Sunday, 12 February 2017
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Afterwards I visited the Maastricht Library "Centre Ceramique", where I had a coffee. And I took the opportunity to draw this man reading a newspaper.
Sunday, 5 February 2017
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Monday, 30 January 2017
Of course, the aim is to make a production plant, efficient and clean, compliant to all latest food regulations (you can fill a truck with those regulations....). Even so, I always try to give it some touch.
But sometimes you just have to let go, Russians don't like foreigners to be in control.
The plant will be opened within a few weeks, and this is what the building looks like in reality.
Try and spot the 10 differences....
Saturday, 28 January 2017
I made this paiting for him, to hang in the children's home. Not in his own room in Meers, but in the guest room we have here in our house. It was my former painting studio, but I still have my large self-portrait hanging on that wall. I don't want to frighten Jake whever he stays in our house. :)
The dog is painted after the little dog of Mart and Lisa, he is called Miku. And the cat is our very own Mila. The rest is just fantasy.