July 28th, 2010

urban sketching

I went out and painted in the centre of Ghent today. At first it was uncomfortable — people swarming around you, cars, trams, bikes. Ok perhaps not swarming. Milling.

But once I got into it, I forgot where I was and what time it was, and enjoyed it a lot. Drawing urban scenes is completely different to drawing the natural forms of the countryside.

I was almost finished when I was approached by an old man who talked to me about painting. That was nice. He said he was thinking himself of sitting in that position but with a different subject. And he was politely complimentary about my picture. It was a nice exchange and I thought: that’s something that wouldn’t happen in the countryside.

The picture above is taken from a poor angle using my camera as I don’t have a scanner here. Maybe I can get a proper scan of the image at a printshop.


Comment by Kasina
  • this is a great piece; very well done! i especially like the two hooded figures, on the bike and standing on the right. something about them, maybe even the fact that they’re hooded, it’s very pleasing.

    it’s nice to hear you enjoyed this experience, i look forward to seeing more paintings of yours.

    July 31, 2010 @ 5:43 pm
  • Comment by James
  • Hey Jon,

    You should think about incorporating you blog into your facebook profile. I had no idea you had taken up painting and drawing. Love what you’ve produced so far! The above would make a brilliant album cover.


    August 10, 2010 @ 3:34 pm
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