At last, the sun has finally come out! I was in Amsterdam early with my laptop as I was planning on doing freelance work at the Public Library. Before it opened I walked around the Central Station and did a little sketching toward St Nicholas church. It’s a stunning building standing tall amongst all the surrounding redevelopment work. I saw a good spot where the taxi boats were stationed. Very quiet with two empty plastic chairs on the decking. I love it when there’s somewhere to sit! I made myself comfortable, started sketching and the friendly taxi rank owner came over and handed me a coffee. It came in a plastic cup, with a powdered milk sachet but it was very thoughtful of him. I played around with different compositions in my sketchbook. I particularly liked drawing the towers and central window.
Then I moved on toward the library. I leaned against the wall to avoid obstructing tourists rushing towards the station and drew the cyclists and trams. I enjoyed drawing all the overhead cables and signs too. I also sat on a step and sketched towards Central Station before going to the library.
In just a couple of hours, I met so many friendly people who came over to chat. An english lady with her grandsons, a spanish tourist (we talked about the weather) and a talented musician who kindly gave me an old tshirt to mop up the mess I made with a leaky blue pen.