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November 21, 2012

Tower bridge, London

Tower Bridge, London
I just returned home to the Netherlands from a lovely weekend in London. Our daughter presently studies for her Master at the Imperial College London, and we took the opportunity to visit her and the city as well.
I drew and painted this sitting in front of the large windows of the 1st floor lobby of our hotel (hotel the Tower). I could rest my sore feet and have a nice Guinness while drawing this scene. Sometimes you have to make your luck.

Unfortunately the perfect weekend had a nasty ending: on our journey back in the Brussels railwaystation our backpack with all my travel sketching gear and one of my sketchbooks with London drawings was stolen.
This one is the only drawing left of the trip, it was packed in our suitcase.
Infuriating, it took years to assemble a comfortable travel sketching set, and now it's all gone.


Sand Hill Art said...

and the thief most likely will not appreciate any of his ill-gotten loot. What a shame.

Murray Dewhurst said...

What a tragedy, this is a sketchers worst nightmare! Many items can be replaced easily, but not a sketchbook, and we will all miss enjoying the rest of your excellent sketches like this one of the tower.

Shari Blaukopf said...

I think upon reading this we all feel a little knife in our hearts René. It is the worst nightmare. The gear can be replaced but the sketches, well that is a tragedy. At least you have this beauty.

TIA said...

Oh no... I too lost my brush pen and my favourite pencil case on the plane but my own fault. But compare to you, it is nothing. Hope you feel better now.

kumi matsukawa said...

Oh no, that's too bad! But at least you have this beautiful Tower Bridge drawing and your memories from London in your heart can't be stolen.
Hope in case someone find the sketchbook and recognize that it belongs you some how.
I do also lost my favorite item : in my case, that were a set of pearl accessories when I traveled to the US. I have no idea how I lost them. I now feel that they were a kind of sacrifice. Except it my travel was perfect.

Rene Fijten said...

Thanks Sand, Murray,Shari, Tia and Kumi, you already make me feel better. Luckily I had just started with the sketchbook, it contained only a few drawings (although I dearly miss the drawing I made of this drunken man sleeping in one of the seats of a local Starbucks) Replacing my well worn special pens and drawing/painting tools is bothering me more at present.

Linda said...

Hello, I'm so sorry of your misfourtune, I will carry you in my heart softly,

RobCarey said...

I am so glad you did not lose one of your full sketchbooks. I'm sorry to hear about your sketching tools, though. How maddening. This sketch is wonderful, however, and I hope Christmas brings you some new gear my friend.

Rene Fijten said...

Thanks Linda,
Rob, thanks for the idea - you may recall we give presents at Sinterklaas, not christmas, but I get the idea.

Liz Steel said...

Oh Rene!!! So sorry ....that is awful. I have lost a paint tin and recently my favourite pen but only through my carelessness of not checking....but to have it stolen and most of all your sketchbook ...oh! how tragic. The only thing that I can say is that the joy of sketching at the time and the experience of the moment can not be taken away!
I hope that somehow someone will find your sketchbook is found and someone contacts you to return it!!!

Lucia B. said...

I'm sorry for what happened to you, it's very sad. But I hope you'll soon put together a new set of drawing tools, and surely the joy of being able to make such wonderful sketches will help you to forget this bad adventure! I love the shadows in this one!

Rene Fijten said...

Thanks Liz and Lucia. One good thing about it, I am now trying other tools in lack of my favourite ones. Nice to be experimenting again.