Carnival Maastricht, café den Ouden Vogelstruys by Karen Nijst

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Karen Nijst Profile picture Fantasy drawing made in October 2022. Carnival revellers on the Vrijthof square in Maastricht in front of café den Ouden Vogelstruys. Also called the Struys or the Struisvogel. For many Mestreechtenere, carneval is the most beautiful event of the whole year. According to Rhineland tradition, Maastricht carnival largely takes place outdoors. Most carnival revellers can be found mainly on the Vriethof, the Markt and O.L-Vrouweplein, but there are also a few noteworthy pubs that I have always enjoyed visiting during the crazy days (if you got in, at least). Like Café den ouden Vogelstruys. During the three crazy days, -as they say themselves- café in den ouden Vogelstruys is the true epicentre of Maastricht culture. Once the big wooden building burned down but it was reopened in 1730. It has always had the name Struysvogel or Vogelstruys and has housed a café for centuries.

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Karen Nijst has lived in and near her beloved hometown of Maastricht for many years. She currently works as a web developer (Kahlo Websites in Hapert, Brabant) and is responsible for both programming and graphic design . The latter has undoubtedly influenced some of the drawings you can see here.
Karen likes to draw and write as often as possible and sees herself primarily as an illustrator. She can also become fascinated by a photograph. Like the drawing of the market in Maastricht. What are those people thinking? Where are they going? What would their lives be like? Something like that remains fascinating while drawing each little figure -no matter how small- .
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Of course also the vastelaovend in Mestreech is subject of many a drawing. A grateful subject even, because only in Maastricht you can find the shoenste scenes. Beautifully dressed up people, wonderful colors ... imaginative and above all: 'chic'.
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In recent years, Karen has enjoyed working on paper and, increasingly, on her IPAD Pro.
Karen: "I enjoy the challenge of looking for the best color palette, the right composition and cut-outs. I also often combine different scenes. In addition, it is not my primary goal to portray people in a recognizable manner, unless of course it is a portrait. I just want to capture a certain atmosphere as well as possible!"

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