This is how I see an important part of my art, as: ‘Making vague ideas more clear’. After I’ve drawn something it seems like I can move along to something more important, bigger, better or just new; because I’ve out-crystalized something which was nagging deep inside. This especially happens when I draw with the colorful soft pastel medium.
One of the drawings below is from 2007 as captioned. The others are from just these last couple of weeks. Sizes are all roughly A3. Some have some charcoal in them.
The estrangement in modern society is surely a returning theme. These two below are studies for something bigger which I might make.
A self-portrait with pastel and charcoal.
At the start of the 2013 summer I drew a couple of sketches in the outdoors. Most notibly one of the protection of the Dutch delta. I tried to tone it all a bit down. All the sketches of the last two months together make interesting experimental art I think. Sketches nonetheless.
18 Juli ~ Windmill of Veere, Perspective II.
21 Juli ~ Dam to Enclose the Oosterschelde.
In the hight of spring, which started a little late this year, I made three sketches of the surroundings of Middelburg on the countryside area called Walcheren.
Veere was the first place I cycled to with my material. It is really one of the most beautiful old cities I have ever seen, though the tourism crowds it a lot these days.
2 June ~ Windmill of Veere.
Then I went to a castle I cycled past every day when going to high school when I was young.
6 June ~ Front of Castle Ter Hooge.
And another castle I drew was in the nice and calm Oostkapelle.
14 June ~ Roman bridge in the park of Castle Westhove.
It is nice to sketch ‘en plein air’ as they call it. It gives you a sense of easily achieved utility while you don’t need much inspiration or worry about motivation so much.
These are four pastel drawings conveying one story (finished at the beginning of 2013).
Please click to enlarge, these four are some of my best.
And two quick sketches made around the same time. They don’t match up in quality against the ones above, but they make an interesting sight in the time window.
A lovely place.