Amsterdam: Windmill and some easy-sketching

Spotted just one windmill in Amsterdam. And it was a pretty long walk to get to it. When we got there, it was backlit, but I wanted to pull out atleast a hint of the color and facets that make up it’s shape. Of course, it wouldn’t have been an authentic scene without atleast a few bicyclists. Note how upright the Dutch are when they ride their bikes? No racer-style bikes for them. windmill

Two views of the Amstel River over a beer and a sunset. This is post-Symposium sketching, just to unwind (more about the Symposium in a separate post). Chatting with friends, and getting back to sketching after being in teaching mode for a few days. It takes a little while to make the switch.
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More easy pages. This one over a highly-recommended apple pie.
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This one over tea and coffee on a rainy day.
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When I’m chatting and sketching, I tend to do far more talking than sketching and also do little fiddly things on my sketch: patterns, textures and repetition (like the shutters, windows and brick in the background) lend themselves well to conversation-sketching.

What I like best is that looking back at the sketches reminds me of the conversations with friends old and new that I loved meeting.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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6 Responses to Amsterdam: Windmill and some easy-sketching

  1. Priya Verma says:

    Breathtakingly beautiful !!

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  2. rhodadraws says:

    I didn’t see the windmill on my wanderings. And I missed out on the apple pie. BUT, I had a great Dutch pancake (with apples and cheese) on my last morning before heading home to Mexico. I love hearing you talk about “conversation-sketching.” Don’t you love the word “Winkel” for shop?

    On Fri, Aug 2, 2019 at 1:26 PM Sketch Away: Travels with my sketchbook wrote:

    > Suhita Shirodkar posted: “Spotted just one windmill in Amsterdam. And it > was a pretty long walk to get to it. When we got there, it was backlit, but > I wanted to pull out atleast a hint of the color and facets that make up > it’s shape. Of course, it wouldn’t have been an authentic s” >

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    • the windmill was near the zoo, if you wandered that way, Rhoda. Happy we got to share a hug, wish there was time to sketch with you. I saw you and Meagan in passing, mostly when I didn’t teach I was cooling off in my hotel room…

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  3. Wonderful sketches of one of my favourite cities. I’m inspired to have a go myself on my next visit (possibly September).

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