Sunday, September 7, 2014

Walking sketches

It happens way too rarely that I will actually sit down and sketch during one of my walks. I take tons of photographs, but sketching always seems like just too much work to do while on the road.

These are piles of poles and planks to be used for the festival called Into The Great Wide Open.

I have a great admiration for urban sketchers and nature sketchers. You know, people who actually go out and about to draw and paint. I do draw and paint, but I always prefer the comfort of my own home to do it. I'm not uncomfortable with people seeing me or something, but I am uncomfortable for the sheer fact that I don't have a table to work on and put my stuff. I'm a luxury sketcher. ;-)

A little view from the dyke along the Wadden Sea. Those things in the field are horses by the way.

However recently I was inspired by the urban sketchers blog and last weekend during two of my walks I actually sat down and sketched. I brought a little sketchbook and my tiny watercolour box plus a waterbrush and a drawing pen. And it was...well...doable, haha.

Scene from a road through the dunes. Um...not so good with perspective, but I like the colours.

Now I realize that these aren't great sketches, but that is not the point. The point is that I did it. I took the time to do them and now I have a self made visual memory of some scenes I came across on my walks. I would really like to do more outdoorsy sketching. I don't care if the sketches are wonky, I just want to make more of a habit of it. Let's keep our fingers crossed I can make it work somehow.

Wishing you all a wonderful and sketchy day! ;-)


  1. Daar gaat het om, dat je het gevoel terug vindt in je tekening. Ik deed het jaren geleden als we op vakantie waren, mijn man hield ervan om rond te lopen in of buiten een stadje en ik probeerde dan iets te tekenen, op een terrasje of zittend op een muur.. Maakt niet uit of het persfectief klopt enz. het gaat om het gevoel en als je na jaren terug kijkt weet je nog precies hoe het toen voelde.
    Veel plezier ermee en groetjes, misschien moet ik mijn scetchboekje ook maar weer eens meenemen.
    Fijne dag

    1. Het lastige voor mij is, zeker als ik op een vreemde plek ben, dat ik ook liever rondloop en alles bekijk en veel fotografeer, dan veel tijd voor één plek te nemen en te tekenen. Maar er zit wel een bepaalde rust in het tekenen op zich, het kalmeert, dwingt je rustig aan te doen.
      PS zeker je schetsboekje weer eens meenemen! Hopelijk doe ik het ook weer eens vaker. ;-)

  2. One thing I've found when I paint and draw on the spot is that I have a much better memory of the scene than if I only took a photograph. I've done both, but I like it when I can calm down enough to draw while I'm there.

    1. It doesn't really work that way for me. For me photography IS a way of looking. I do agree with the calming down factor though. You have to slow down your mind and movement in order to draw, it really does feel soothing in that way, but as a memory a photograph works just fine for me too. It's more the act of drawing itself that I would like to explore more of.

  3. I loved seeing these sketches. I hope you do more, more, more.

  4. Mooi Caatje, Geeft absoluut de omgeving goed weer, enne ik herkende de paardjes hoor.

    1. Dank je wel, ook namens de paardjes! ;-)


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