Saturday, May 30, 2009

Quick sketch

Very quick sketch at the Zuiderpark today. The small size of the sketch forces me not to go into detail. I took little time to create the sketch, so I had to make descisions fast. This kept me focused on the main values of the composition.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Urban gouache sketch

Even an ugly city like Rotterdam can be fun to draw. I am using a very limited palette, using only ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, chinese red ,violet and white. Using a limited palette gives you the oportunity to get creative mixing colors, and the image gets tied together.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I often grab a book or a magazine and make sketches of the pictures in it. It is fun to do, and a great way to explore new sketching techniques and keep up my drawing skills...

Monday, May 25, 2009


I spent the weekend in Belgium, Ardennen. The weather was beautiful, and the environment beautiful. These are a few gouache/watercolor sketches.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Moleskine gouache sketch

I lost my moleskine sketchbook some time ago. After weeks of searching and hoping to find it, I decided to forget about it and buy myself a new one.... These are my first gouache sketches in it...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Plein air pleasure

Gouache is a great medium for quick outdoor sketches. It takes less time to pack your stuff and start painting than oils, but gouache gives you the same possibility to start with transparent layers, and then move to opaque painting.

Arne let me know he went outside yesterday to paint ( see his and my outdoor sketches here ). I felt I could not stay behind, so even though the weather was rainy, I took my sketchbook and went outside for some serious sketching...
I had to be quick this time, because it started to rain soon after I started painting. Because of that I had to make desicions really fast, and focus mainly on the basics of the composition. I would have liked to stay and add a little more detail here and there, but because of the rain I had to quit.

This is Arne and I painting last sunday in 'de Hoeksche Waard' .

Wednesday, May 06, 2009


I made this watercolor to practice my understanding of value and color.The composition is very basic, and I left out most details to focus mainly on the value of the different areas.