Plein-air pen and wash on paper


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Eindoven has a vibrant town centre with an international mix of people. One can hear several different languages and people dressed in garments from various foreign cultures when walking around in the downtown area. Again, several streets are for the most part dedicated to pedestrian traffic only, which provides a festive  and lively atmosphere.

Some of the new buildings have amazing architectural shapes. Many of the former Philips industrial buildings have been converted into residential and commercial facilities, featuring innovative layouts and detailing.

This sketch was made while sitting on a bench in front of the tall church tower in the centre of town.



We visited the van Abbe Museum to look at the contemporary art exhibits with various themes in a modern architectural setting. Some of the exhibits are engaging and provocative, while others are approaching repulsion with vulgar graphics or texts and irritating sound effects.

Some pieces of their permanent collection displayed include paintings by Picasso, Mondriaan, Kadinsky, Max Beckmann, Karel Appel, Georges Braque and others. Overall, visiting this museum is a captivating experience, somewhat of an adventure and is highly is recommended. We spent 3 hours there including a coffee break.


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