This is the fifth drawing of Gouda, a beautiful city in Zuid-Holland, Netherlands, not far from where I live. In fact you can see me there regularly and the main reason is Museum Gouda. They have a great collection of painters of the Haagse School and from the Barbizon period. The drawing itself shows a depiction of the Sint-Janskerk from the Market (de Markt). Anyway, I can highly recommend Gouda to any visitors, especially from outside our country. It is intimate and not so spoiled yet by mass tourism and cheap fast food chains catering it.
The nicest of things is when the sun shines in old cities and crawls through small alleys. It creates light planes in streets and squares. Perhaps it is as if the light gives meaning to matter by girdle new forms around it. Light offers context for viewers and the context is changing all the time. Such is life and an artist like me are registrars. What can I say more? I just love those edgy square cast shadows that block in beautiful abstract light planes.
To complete it, I added an elephant. Every town needs an elephant I think and those rare dutch elephants keep wandering about. Some years back I spotted them for the first time in Gouda. Be aware of them! As long as you let them be they participate in society, do their own thing and go their own way. In order to prove they are friendly as long as they are not bothered I drew myself in the front. Another reason for doing so was that the corner down left tended to become too dark. I needed to have some smaller lighter planes.
Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Canson Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm – A4 format)
Artist: Corné Akkers