Foodmarket in a multi story carpark in Tarbes, France. Local farmers selling their home grown vegetables in the early morning (7 am). Quick sketch made with my Lamy fountainpen and some watercolour in a WC-moleskine.
Maastricht Jodenstraat. A quick sketch of this old street, which follows the route of an ancient Roman road. The street was called Jew’s street already back in 1295.
Ville propre. Another one from my recent trip to Tarbes, France. As I was drawing the shopwindow, which I posted last tuesday, this streetcleaningmachine passed by. I had just enough time for this quick sketch. They like clean streets over there.
Les dessous de Shaya. Businesstrip to Tarbes (France) last friday; I got up an hour early to make some outside sketches. But it was still cold and dark and the only warm looking subject within a block from the hotel was this shopwindow.
Snow of last saturday, in the backyard of some friends, Franck and Hellen. If everyone tells me my last scrapyard drawing looks romantic, why not making a romantic drawing after all.
Scrapyard in the snow. Drawn in Moelingen, Belgium. Something else than the romantic snowscapes of Trebor and Ziza, ha ha.
Ray Bradbury’s book “the martian chronicles”: that was the kind of science fiction I loved when I was young. Unfortunately I lost the book; but last summer in London I retrieved a copy in a specialised bookstore.
When I reread it, I remembered that in my schooldays me and my friends used to make random ballpoint scribbles in our schoolbooks. And we challenged each other to make some drawing out of it, something like “Europe after the rain” by Max Ernst. After opening some dusty boxes I found the old yellow sketch back, dating from about ’74 (see my blog http://www.renefijten.blogspot.com/).
That drawing was the visual representation of the world described in the “martian chronicles”. And I could not resist redoing the drawing in my watercolour moleskine, 35 years later.
Castle of Hoensbroek, in the frosty morning light, across the snow filled fields. It’s a large medieval castle located in my home town, in the Netherlands. This is the view from the front lawn of my former house (we moved a year ago).