Tuesday, September 6, 2011

ITGWO 2011

Outside the first autumn storm is raging over the island and it's not even autumn yet! All I can say is that we were lucky the past weekend, because it was a couple of the rare days of good weather we've had all summer. Actually for me (cold weather lover that I am) it was even too hot on Saturday! Anyway, the festival is over and it's back to normal over here.

Something between 7000 and 8000 people swarmed the island for three days of music, art and fun! For perspective: we have about 1150 inhabitants. It was fabulous. ITGWO stands for Into The Great Wide Open and was organized for the third year in a row. The festival is such a success that as soon as tickets were available (last November) it took about an hour for the whole thing to be sold out! I am lucky because I live here and all the islanders get to go at a discount and they don't have to fight for a ticket either. Everybody gets to go!

My friend Monk came over and we saw many concerts and some cool art too, but there was just too much to see and do to really see everything. And we were exhausted at the end of each day (in fact the last day we were exhausted at the start of the day too, haha). But we had a good time and I got to see some new to me musicians that were absolutely wonderful. I bought three cd's at the festival of artist's I'd never heard of before. My discoveries were Laura Marling, Kings of Convenience, Agnes Obel and Secret Sisters.

And we even took some time to draw! Well, on the first two days that is. The third the weather was a little rainy and frankly we were a little too tired (or lazy?) to do anything ourselves. Anyway, in this post I wanted to show you my quicky sketches. Now please keep in mind that that's exactly what they are, so be kind in your feedback. ;-)

The big central stage. Think many many more people than this!

A couple watching a concert.

A couple leaning into each other at the end of the day.

Yes, the signs really were that crooked!

A pattern from a fence that I wanted to remember.

My friend Monk put her feet up, we're getting old! ;-)

I took a lot of photographs too, but so did my friend Monk and she already put them on her blog for all to see. Mine are pretty much the same, just not as good. So head on over here for a photographic impression of ITGWO 2011! Sending you there saves me the time of downsizing all those pictures I took, I'm nothing if not lazy practical.

All in all I had a great time at the festival, but I'm also glad we are now heading into quieter times on the island. Now school vacations are over and the festival is done, things can get back to normal, whatever that means. ;-)

Wishing you all an artsy week!


  1. Geweldige schetsen!!! Het hele festival gevoel komt weer helemaal terug.

  2. Caatje, Caatje, Caatje... your sketches are fabulous. You make me miss my friends from Florida so much because your blog sounds like the type of things we used to do. I haven't gotten into that kind of groove yet here in Colombia. Glad you had a great time...and happy you're back to blogging. I'm off to see Monk's pictures!

  3. Great sketches!! I looked at your friend's photos too...the festival looks like such fun! What a great way to end the summer.

  4. Hello Caatje,
    What wonderful sketches.
    Fantastic artwork.
    Love and Light.

  5. WAt een prachtige schetsen Caatje! Ik hoef hier niet 'voorzichtig te zijn in mijn feedback' want je hebt het hele gevoel van een festival op geweldige wijze in een paar lijnen weten te vangen! Ik ken het gevoel van 'het eiland weer helemaal voor de bewoners' Ik groeide op op Walcheren (een schiereiland, maar door de bewoners nog steeds 'eiland' genoemd) en dat werd in de zomer overstroomd door toeristen... September was voor mij dan ook DE maand van het jaar, diepe zucht en een leeg strand! PS Ik ga nu ook je vriendin's blog nog even een bezoekje brengen... ben benieuwd naar de foto's!

  6. These are great - rapid sketches that capture events are usually my favorites. The two pedestrians standing next to one another is fabulous!

  7. As 'quick' sketches they are full of depth and style, Great!

  8. I think they're great- and give a good sense of what it was like. And I like the way you write around the drawings- maybe not understanding the text makes me more aware of what the words look like.

  9. Sjeempie! En ik heb nog nooit gehoord van dat festival. Zal wel heel erg gezellig zijn met al die mensen...

  10. Love the sketches of the festival goers!

  11. What great sketches! It certainly looks like you had a wonderful time! nancy

  12. I love your sketches! I only wish I could do "quick sketches" half as well :-)

  13. Very nice life sketches! I like that you can do crowds as well as individuals.

  14. Thank you all so much for your kind words!

  15. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I meant to say before- Laura Marling- good choice! She's one of my favourite musicians, and if you saw her live I'm really envious...

  16. These are such cool sketches =)

  17. Sketching in such a busy scene like this is hard! You've done a wonderful job! And you have to do quick when in environments like that! Well done!


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