Stephanie Bower

Stephanie Bower | Architectural Illustration: | Sketching Workshops: | Sketches: on Instagram at @stephanieabower & | Urban Sketchers Blog Correspondent | Signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society

Monday, January 2, 2017

Sketching in the Heart of Holland

As I think ahead to the travel and workshops for 2017 (Australia in March, Italy in June, Oxford in July...!!), I realize I haven't posted all my sketches yet from last summer!  

While visiting my family in Holland, I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful group of Urban Sketchers from Den Haag and Rotterdam. After a short demo (below), we all sat and sketched on what was a freezing cold day in July. Thank you so much, Marleen Dambrink for setting things up to meet everyone, for the lovely card and stroopwafels, and for sitting with me and sketching all was SUCH a pleasure, such great fun!!

The location sketch above was probably my favorite sketch of the entire summer--it is the Binnenhof and Ridderzaal (dates back to the 13th Century) in Den Haag, the heart of Dutch government. We sat on a bench chatting, it was so relaxed and wonderful that I got to take my time and get quite a bit of detail in. The Dutch brickwork was just amazing, I wish I could have gotten a better sense of it in the sketch. But it is a beautiful space and a great place to sketch my favorite wide angle views.

Demo for Den Haag Urban Sketchers, a view of the back of Mauritshuis, home of Vermeer's famous painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring. It was FREEZING cold, we could see our July!

Posted again so you can see it bigger!

Thank you again, Den Haag and Rotterdam Urban Sketchers! I hope to see you again in early July 2017!!


  1. Beautiful!
    How do we find out about these other workshops (Oxford etc.) before they fill up?

    1. Hi Parisbreakfasts (I have always loved that line!), I'm doing sign ups for the Australia workshops this week, will probably do Oxford in a week or two. I'll post something on my blog. I do think there is already a lot of can also contact Dougie Simpson via Facebook, he is in Oxford and helping to round people up for the workshop!
      Thank you~~