Gent

June 10th, 2013

Spent a couple of days in Gent following a wonderful wedding in Holland. Still beautiful sunshine. ( In sharp contrast to my last visit 4 years ago when it poured down with rain – see ‘Belgium’) Stopped off for a morning coffee at friendly and relaxed cafe OR. Magazines and papers to hand however my flemish isn’t too good so I stuck to sketching. The front of the cafe has large open windows with benches outside to sit. Sketched the view on the street with people sitting out on the pavement drinking coffee and passing traffic. Headed down through the shopping area to St Nicholas church, one of the oldest churches in the city. A new development has been built nearby including a modern wooden Market Hall. Very striking.
Good to have a rest in the heat at the green meeting area. Whilst I was sketching a little girl (about 3 years old) came upto me and gave me a red paper heart So sweet! Then later a student came over and offered me a strawberry to have a look at my drawing. Very friendly!

Ventured to the Keyserlei along with most other tourists Looked towards the Graslei Wonderful medieval Flemish facades.

I was spotted by Aki. A fellow sketcher from Japan. He came over to greet me and have a look at my drawings. He took a couple of photos so I did the same. This my favourite drawing in his sketch book. Time flew, sitting outside by the riverĀ  people watching whilst sipping Belgium beer. A great trip!

Rainy day in Gent

July 13th, 2011

Went with a couple of friends to Gent. They had work commitments so parted late afternoon and met up later. In the meantime, I went sketching. Unfortunately it coincided with a downpour of rain. I waited and waited and it would not stop! Took cover in a cafe and drew the Bestand church and people passing beneath their umbrellas.

The cafe closed so my comfy stool was taken away. I walked on and dashed across the road to take cover. Skidded in the middle of the road and almost got run over. Very embarrassing! Ok but v wet. Went to pub, sat and sketched view and sampled a couple of local blond beers. Houblon Chouffe very strong! Drawings got looser as I enjoyed listening to the music; Roxy music, David Bowie and some 80’s classics. Then friends turned up!