In the Netherlands May 4 is the day we remember ‘all those who have died or are murdered in warsituations or during peace operations since the start of the second world war’ (as stated by the may 4-5 committee). They died due to violence, brutal discrimination or in an attempt to stop that.
All the media are overflowing with stories to make us remember. I hope we learn that violence will seldom solve problems whether it is between people or between nations.
But doing nothing, saying nothing is not an option. We have to keep protesting loud and clear when human rights are violated, when people preach hate and when greed takes over.
Today it is may 5 and we celebrate our freedom, because 74 years ago the Germans capitulated to our allies. The Netherlands are covered in our national colors: red, white, blue and orange. Yes even our windmills are dressed in flags.
Yes, let’s celebrate our freedom, but let us also celebrate non-violence and talking to eachother. Loud and clearly please! Again and again!
Today I downloaded some new brushes (called Kyle’s brushes) for Photoshop. This image is the result of my first try out with this new set. It feels a bit like having new ‘real’ art accessories. Than I always have a lot of fun while playing around to discover the possibilities.
This is a very small drawing (ca 10×10 cm). I love to make these to keep my hands busy and my head empty. Just a stack of small papers and all I do is putting lines on them and sometimes figuring out if it really represents something. You could call it therapeutic doodling. Very calming!
By the way: this one I reworked with photoshop, which took a much more time then the original drawing did. So much for efficiency when working with computers.
Squares, tilted ovals, round forms are the parts of this composition. I was a little bit into abstracts these last days, but I still see these forms as flowers. Maybe that is because of the colors. I love bright colors and these days of spring they are all around us.