Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amsterdam Sketches

Last Saturday, I met up with my drawing buddy Yvonne. We brought the husbands along - mine played the banjo, hers played with the kids. It was a very warm and humid day, but we sat in the shadows of the trees alongside of a water playground.
It felt like a holiday. In the jungle. An Urban Jungle, that is.

On Saturday 12 July, The World Wide Sketch Crawl took place on... um, yes, as the title implies, many places around the world. In Amsterdam, we gathered with a wonderful group of about 30 people to have a 9 to 6 sketching day.

To kick the morning off I sketched Amsterdam's largest Chinese Restaurant, Sea Palace. It is a boat with three floors. They have great dim sum by the way. Not that I had any that morning.
Then we fuelled up with coffee and a bite to eat at a cafe with a great peaceful terrace. On the right there,  you can see the concentrated way we all worked in, by just looking at the slightly hunched shoulders of Joke, who is a student in Sketchbook Skool and came over for a few hours of sketching with her husband and their 2-year-old daughter.

Joke and I looking at each other's sketchbook pages
We moved to the science Museum, which is in the harbour, and I sat down to draw the historical boats.

Great group of Amsterdam sketchers!
Sketchbook Skool students Frans and Alexa (she came all the way from Cologne, Germany to join us!) are comparing Skool homework

After taking a break to awe at each other's sketchbook pages and make a group photo we walked to the park, to join a hippie-like small festival, where everyone was invited to bring their instruments to jam, and their art supplies to make some art. So that's what we did, we made some more art. After a bite to eat, sitting in the grass and chatting to the other sketchcrawlers, I made this last sketch before heading home.

11 comments:

  1. Interesting to see all sizes and shapes of sketchbooks there.

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    1. And very interesting how the different sizes ask for different styles too!

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  2. Great post! Drawing can be such a lonesome effort - not that it makes me feel lonely, but it's so cool to draw together & chat - a change of scene :) Love hanging out with you & draw! Thanks for that! x

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  3. You make me wish I was living in Amsterdam!

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    1. I'm sure your surroundings are just as interesting!

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  4. Thanks for your GENEROUS posts, Sketchbook skool and your optimism and encouragement.
    Love hearing from you. Alice kolb

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  5. I particularly like the last drawing, the simple line of the edges of the crowd with just enough detail conveys the feeling of the moment without spending lots of time.

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    1. That's interesting, because I was struggling a bit at that point. A bit tired and very distracted and chatting with people. So I got up, taking a bit of distance from the scene and drew that last one in just a few minutes. adding the white in the background did the trick to blow some extra life in it.

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  6. So nice to see the rest of these sketches, Koosje. On Flickr, only the first was visible, although there were descriptions of the others--a little confusing ! Hope to see you in October's session of SBS 2.

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