Drawings of everyday life

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Piano performance

At the end of the school year the music teacher of my daughter, Fonsa ten Velde, organizes a performance afternoon. All her younger students play for the other students and their family. Fonsa is a wonderful teacher, her youngest student is 7 years old, her oldest 89 (!) years.

This drawing was drawn from life on my iPad with the Paper53 app.


Artis Zoo

My 11-year-old daughter has joined the Artis Ateliers, drawing lessons at the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam. Every time she comes home with beautiful drawings. And she is very enthusiastic herself too, about the lessons themselves and the results.

Bird at Artis Zoo, drawn by Barien (11 years)
Steenbok / ibex by Barien

Meetup with JKPP members in Oxford

Last saturday I was together with my daughter at a meetup of Julia Kay’s Portrait Party in Oxford. We drew, ate and socialized from 11 in a community centre. Julia Kay’s Portrait Party is a virtual Portrait Party in which artists draw each other from photos posted on Flickr for that purpose. All members of the group are therefore both subjects of portraits and creators of portraits. Members of JKPP sometimes organise meetups IRL (in real life). Martin Beek, Jane Sherwood and Margarita Perez Garcia organised a third (or fourth?) IRL meetup in Oxford. It was again great to meet the JKPP members I already met in Oxford and Brussels in 2011.
JackJaques for JKPP meetup Oxford 11th of May
JackJaques for JKPP meetup Oxford 11th of May
Julia Kay for JKPP, Oxford meetup May 11th
Julia Kay

Paper 53 drawing app

Barien with the flu

I found on Flickr the funny drawings of Ellis Nadler the Paper53 drawing app. This app doesn’t have endless possibilities like the apps Brushes, Procreate and Inspire Pro. Though Paper53 does have limited possibilites (no layers, no image import, fiveand pencils, it does give very beautiful results.

Paint a fish to safe the fish

Me, my daughter and her friend painted a fish to support the Paint a Fish campaign. This campaign aims to restore EU fish stocks for future generations. You can add your picture to their gallery and help build a big virtual stock to tell EU leaders to take action to refill our seas.
Paint a fish campaign by Barien 10yo
Paint a fish by Shea 9 yo
Paint a fish by Grietje 46 yo
We made the drawings with the Brushes app and then uploaded it to Paint a Fish site, you can also make the drawing online, with the paint-a-fish online tool.

I found this through the Facebook-page of the Dutch Campaign for Drawing.

My daughter drawing

Drawing my daughter while she is drawing. It is much more easy to draw old, wrinkly people then young children. I did draw her on the ferry from Rotterdam to Hull in October. We stayed in Hull for one day, visiting The Deep aquarium. And we visited the Wilberforce House Museum. William Wilberforce was a famous campaigner against the slave trade. From the website: “The museum tells the story of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its abolition, as well as dealing with contemporary slavery. Galleries also offer a fascinating glimpse into West African culture.”

On the ferry to Hull

Drawing animals together

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My daughter started to draw animals, from a how-to-draw book, and I joined in. She is very satisfied with her results. This is rather new, she used to be very unsatisfied with her own drawing, especially if she wanted to draw realistically.

My 10-year-old nephew

My nephew while listening to a book on an iPod.

My daughter asleep

Barien asleep in Brussels
I did draw my daughter while we were in a hotel room. When she is asleep I’m able to draw her while she is not moving.

Watercolor pencil and a wet finger

Anna Black for  JKPP
I bought for my 9-year-old daughter the dutch translation of the book ‘Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered’ by Quentin Blake and John Cassidy. It is a fun book and my daughter loves to draw in it. Blake advises to use a watercolor pencil and then rub over it with a wet finger. I like the simplicity of it and used it in this drawing of Anna Black. It seems as a good starting point for me to discover the use of color.