Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Roccantica, Italy - September 2010.

Quick sketch (less than an hour) - watercolour and a little gouache.
(14,5 x 9 cm)

Ginni & Laura

Pencil sketch of Ginevra and Laura (Laura's in the stroller!).
It was very cold yesterday morning in Villa Sciarra, Rome.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Photoshop trick

I created more contrast with photoshop to add a more "animated-movie" atmosphere on this previously posted scene ...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Washington, CT

Quick watercolour sketch made in Washington, Connecticut, while visiting friends.
15 minutes. Arches paper - Travel book. 23x15cm.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Light and shadow.

From imagination.
Watercolour and gouche on Fabriano Studio.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fallen tree

Quick sketch from imagination.
High contrast with drawing pen, a little like in comic books.
Pitt Artist Pen and watercolour.
21x17 cm on Daler Rowney drawing paper

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Watercolour and gouache study after J. D. Harding
(the original is a pencil drawing)
27x18,5 cm on Fabriano watercolour studio, 300g/m2

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A classic view

After a pencil drawing of J. D. Harding (1798-1863) from his book "On Drawing Trees and Nature - a Classic Victorian Manual", first published in 1846. I found this "must-have" in Amazon for a very cheap price (Dover publications, 2005).
Watercolour and gouache on Arches paper. 25x18 cm

Friday, October 15, 2010


Trees in the snow. Experimental watercolour from imagination.
(on Annigoni Disegno 250g/m2)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Deep forest.

Sketch from imagination.
Watercolour on brownish paper (Annigoni Disegno 250g/m2). A4

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Waterfall, Monte Tancia, Sabina, Italy

This is one of my favourite spots to make a walk. Though I go there a lot I made this sketch from a foto in the studio. I think it shows, it's not very spontanious and looks a little fake. I tried to work with blu tints but it made it all too cold and I didn't really get the atmosphere that makes this such a wonderful place. I will try again!
Watercolour and gouache. 15x25 cm. 2 hours(+-)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Roccantica, Italy

Mountains, rocks and woods in Roccantica, beautiful nature just 60 km away from Rome.
Watercolor and white goauche on brown paper. 5 minutes. 12x8 cm.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Farfa river

Painted the same day as the previous Farfa-sketch but worked longer to make it (1,5 hour).
Watercolour on Khadi Paper.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Cloud studies

watercolor on brownish drawing paper (Annigoni - disegno 100% cotton - 250g/m2)

Friday, October 1, 2010

river Farfa

Uncompleted watercolor of a small river close to our home in Sabina, Italy. I've been studying a lot on british watercolors of the 1700-1800's. This is a really quick sketch but it shows the colors and the mood of that period in England. This sketch is bigger than my scanner (A4) so here is just a portion.

Little stream, Monte Tancia, Sabina, Italy

I am a graphic designer and illustrator (www.koenivens.com). In this blog I will put landscape watercolours, gouaches and drawings.

This gouache was made on location. It was done on a gray day last winter close to our house in the countryside near Rome. Some aditional details were done in the studio.