Hergo in Amsterdam is one of the best butcher I found so far (the other is Chateaubriand in Heemstede). They sell fresh very high quality meat, that most local butchers and all supermarkets cannot beat. So sometimes during lunch time, I buy meat at Hergo and carry it all the way back to Utrecht. Today, I bought two Irish ribeye steaks for dinner. And they were superb!
An oil lamp which was on the table of Restaurant/Tapas bar Abrikoos (Oude Gracht a/d Werf, Utrecht). We were there Friday evening. The place was packed with people, which was amazing considering that the food was just ok. The serve mix match mediterranean food: tapas + mezze. The place is cozy, but the tapas they served is no way near the tapas of Barcelona. It’s just dutch tapas.
Fanta orange, one of my favorite drinks, and some rambling. I think I have come to a point where I need new inspirations of what subjects to draw. I know that there are still many and I can do them in other medium, etc. But they all do not seem to be really interesting…everything just seems ‘bland’. Hmm…(thinking).
The interior of Restaurant Balkangrill Boro on Oudegracht a/d Werf in Utrecht. This was our table, when we were there for dinner a couple of days before Red’s death. I made a simple line drawing sketch back then, and used it as a reference for this pastel drawing I did yesterday and today. Although I am still learning to handle pastel, I think I like the medium. Using pastel makes me feel like a child again who is playing with her crayons. I also like the fact that I have to work less uptight with pastel.
In my fight against cold, I use the following medicines. I really have no idea if they actually work or not. Because the last time I went to a doctor over here, he said that there is actually no cure against cold. Just take enough rest. What they sell in the market, is just an illusion. Yes, I still buy that illusion and I just wish that they find the real thing against the ‘simple’ rhino virus.
I used Conte Pastel Pencils for the first time and it was a messy business. I am wondering how other people can get their pastel drawings look so neat (no smears)? I am guessing that they may work on large papers, or they sharpen their pencil very often.
Added 29/01: If you happen to know the technique on how to use pastels or pastel pencils, could you please share it with me? I really appreciate it! Thanks!
Following the drawing that I made for a farewell card, there was a small farewell party. It was on Thursday night, after office hours. We went to a chinese restaurant (favorite of the person for whom we were throwing the party) on Warmoesstraat and had a set menu. It was ok, but I don’t think the food can be considered as authentic. It was more of international chinese food. The street was packed with tourists and strange people that night. We saw a naked man passed by at one moment, and a while later a man with a flower pot on his head walked by. He wasn’t holding the pot at all, and it was well balanced on his head. Bravo for him. Although he was clearly under influenced.
At the end of the party, the owner of this tiny restaurant gave each of the female guests a long stem pink rose. We were surprised, didn’t know where they came from. It was beautiful and it smelled so lovely. Well, unfortunately, my rose didn’t survive the trip home. It broke when I tried to get in my car. I was quite unhandy with it and completely forgot about the length.
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