Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ink bottles

Fed up with not doing anything  for a long while, yesterday morning I took matters in my hands. Nothing inspired me, so I settled on sketching the ink bottles that were on my table. The page was prepainted with leftover gouache. I sketched the contours first blindly with one pencil, then corrected with a different color and finally added the shadows with watercolor.

 In the evening, I sketched a side table I have in my office where I keep a knick-knacks - a reproduction of Rodin;s hands, a crystal vase, a candle holder ...Colored pencil.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Imaginary landscapes

Another assignment was to draw landscapes either loosely inspired by something we saw or from imagination. We began by painting a sky and a ground and then added shapes. I used guache for lack of other opaque materials. Maybe watercolor crayon could work, but I am not convinced it would give the same flat one tone shapes as the opaque watercolor does. I suppose it is something to try. Until then, here is what I came up with:

The fist two are loosely based on pictures I took on vacation. The last two are marks from imagination. the idea is worth exploring I like that it gives a certain freedom. I do not feel obliged to strive for a certain likeliness - which is only in my head anyway, somebody looking at the end result has no idea how the landscape or the object looked like anyway. Maybe one day I will have time to explore things more ....stuff like this makes on the list of to do-s only to never get done ...

Saturday, November 14, 2015


An assignment in Cat's course was to sketch shapes with a heavier brush. She uses opaque watercolors, but I did not have any so I used guache instead. The effect is not the same of course but I think the idea is.

Here are the results - a bit fauvistes but that is in part because I only have few tubes of guache. And in part because I like color anyway.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Love / hate ....

....of shoes!

Blind contour - I think I will use them more often. Even if the result is somewhat crooked, it has charm. I used watercolors from the palette I prepared for my vacation. Needless to say, they are all dry by now ....

Friday, November 6, 2015

Station W

I was over at my favorite neighborhood
coffee shop and I tried to sketch what was in front of me. People moved and/or left before I had a chance to finish. I did not know how to add color to it so that it looks "pretty" so I didn't ..

Thursday, November 5, 2015

What I ate today ....

Inspired by Koosje, here is today's food record. If I took to seriously drawing all the food, I would probably loose weight! I think Liz also kept a food journal - of a different style of course.

In any event. it was fun to do ...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


I was short of ideas and time to sketch and I remembered Koosje and her selfies. Here is my selfie:

I seem to be drawing long noses , which in turn make the face much longer than normal ... and of course about 10 years older... oh well...