zondag 13 januari 2019

2019. the start

However cold and rain is present at this first month of 2019,
there is always an opportunity to go out and draw something!

 The drawing below is made at the entrance of the park called  " Waalbos",
were I do  a lot of walking , birdwatching, and drawing.

  © Gertjan Velthuizen


The next drawing was made at the Waalbos too.
It's made with brown ink, brush and a reed-pen .




Reed-pens are nice to use, they act a little unpreditable in the way they give the ink to the paper,
above that it was  so cold i wore gloves, but i am happy with the result:


                                                        © Gertjan Velthuizen

The last drawing in this post was done in the Crezee-polder ,a new reserve. 
It was so utterly cold that I stayed in the car to draw.
Used reed-pen , brush and brown ink again.










                                                         © Gertjan Velthuizen

woensdag 5 september 2018

Time flies.

Time flies when you are having fun ...
It was May since I last posted on  my blog.
Did I mention I was bizzy drawing ?
Well, to catch up we will make a time leap to August.
I was then on holiday in England.
A guided bus tour through  the Lake distrikt and Yorkshire.
It involved a lot of travelling and tight time schedules so it was hard to find some drawing time.
But I managed to do a few pages and here is one of them:

                                                    © Gertjan Velthuizen

On the first of September there was a national sketch day in Rotterdam!
Organized by the Urban Sketchers Netherlands and Rotterdam.
I made a few drawings but the one I want to share here is of the White House.
Built in 1898 and  has been for years the highest office building in Europe.

                                                        © Gertjan Velthuizen

Some nature drawing was done too !
Here are  two  recent pages of that :

                                                             © Gertjan Velthuizen


                                                              © Gertjan Velthuizen



maandag 21 mei 2018

Urban Church drawing.

Last week I attended a sketchcrawl in Geertruidenberg , a very small town with a nice centre with old houses. I started with a coffee at a  terrace at the market-square from where I had a nice view on the old trees around the square and  the top of the tower of the old church just visible above the trees.

                                                        © Gertjan Velthuizen

While drawing this I had no idea that some time later  I would be on top of the tower, making my second drawing of the day !
The organizer of this sketch session had arranged that we could visit the  Geertruids-church. 
The verger  welcomed us kindly and gave us a guided tour .
And took us up the tower. From were we had a stunning view.
With a strange contrast.
One sees the market-square, the old trees, the old houses , and lots of green trees further away
and then .....the  giant chimney of the powerplant . Dominating the horizon.
At first I thought not to draw it, but this was an urban sketchers trip, we draw what we see.


                                                                 © Gertjan Velthuizen
So there it is .
There was a nice old ballustrade to keep us from falling down, so I drew  some of the pillars too.
As happens with old churches , during the ages , there were parts destroid, rebuilt, things build but never finished, parts added and taken away. So this building has a rich history.
The last drawing I made in the church , a small one. Well most of my drawings are small, but this one is really small.



                                                                      © Gertjan Velthuizen