Category: Holland

Leiden Rooftops

I’m always on the look out for a good view. I recently parked in a multi storey car park close to Leiden market and loved the view from the top. I decided to return when I had the opportunity. It was a windy day so I made sure I brought my cap as well as my trusted water colour pens and pastels. I have a slight fear of heights and although not very close to the edge I felt giddy arching my head to look at the buildings and people below. Here are a few of the drawings I did. I distorted some of the perspective on a couple of the drawings. That’s one of the best things about drawing on location.

Den Hague

Had a lovely time in Den Haag.¬† Met a Girl with a Pearl Earring and a Goldfinch (at the Mauritshuis). We enjoyed a coffee at a new coffee shop/library on Noordeinde. So cool it doesn’t have a name . . .yet!

Enjoyed sketching the interior. Loved the colourful orning, lighting, 60’s record player and old school side tables and arm chairs. Unfortunately became so engrossed in my drawing that my coffee went cold. (not the first time nor the last!)


I always enjoy returning to Utrecht especially on such a sunny day. I arrived very early and it was nice watching the city wake up. I sat by the canal, plugged myself in and sketched the pretty scene ahead. Later walked to the park and sat under a tree and sketched the passing cyclists with the Dom tower in the background.

Utrecht Cafe linocut

I’ve just finished a new cafe linocut. The scene I composed from drawings I made in a coffee shop in Utrecht. This time when I printed the colour I tried the reduction method. So I worked on one piece of lino and printed 3 tones of cream/yellow and then two tones of grey. I’ve limited the edition to just 20. I really enjoyed the approach and will use it again for my next print.


Another favourite city to visit in the Netherlands is Leiden. It’s particularly lively on Saturdays when the market is on. On this occasion I was here for a couple of hours mid week. I took a walk up the Burcht, an old 11th century stone keep built on top of a hill. There are lovely views over Leiden and a particularly good view towards the Pieterskerk. I enjoyed drawing the Gothic church with all it’s angles and the surrounding houses and skeletal trees.


Always enjoy visiting Utrecht. It’s been a busy few weeks and it was lovely taking time out to relax by the canal and sketch. I included¬† the Dom tower in both drawings.

Happy New Year

It’s been a lovely break. Spending New Year in Amsterdam was great. A day out in Utrecht was enjoyable despite the wet and windy weather. Plans for sketching outside were put on hold and relaxed in a cafe instead. I spent hours here and lost track of time whilst I sketched visitors from different view points and angles. Here are a few.