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studio view on Tuesday morning

collage and mixed media pieces in process

This is what my working table looks like this morning. I am working on a lot of pieces of art at the same time. All of them collage and painting/drawing in one. I work with whatever I find at that moment so I never know before what will happen. That makes this kind of work more like playing and adventure than like real work.

Today there are lots of color and flowers on my mind so to see with the yellow tullips dancing on one of the pages.

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Princess Carmine

‘Princess Carmine’, mixed media on paper, printable on 60x 44 cm max

Lately I find myself very easily distracted by all kind of thoughts, smartphoneshit and whatever comes around. What I miss because of that is time to create deeply from the core. I miss ‘listening to the Muze’. The Muze, at least my muze, is a voice inside of me that wispers her instructions very softly. So I have to be quit and concentrated to be able to hear her when she says for example: ‘take the red, put a line there, now work on big paper.’

Making art becomes much more easy with her by my side. Much more fun also, because her ideas and suggestions are usually different than my ‘own’ thoughts around art. And they are better also, so I have learned.

This morning I managed to get up a little bit earlier, put out my phone and just went for the paper and paint. And then, after a while I could hear my Muze again. ‘Princess Carmine” above was created under her guidance. Thank you!

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portrait of a fashion girl taking a stroll

‘portrait of a fashion girl taking a stroll’, markers on paper, digital rework, 19×33 cm max when printed

Sometimes I can keep on working and working on the same drawing and nothing really happens. Other times the fastest drawings turn out quite well. Like this one.

This fashion girl in her white and red outfit makes me feel like it is summer and it is time to go take walk in the city, sit in the sun on a beautiful terras and have a nice drink.

Have a good weekend!

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bird walking in the sun

‘bird walking in the sun’, mixed media, digital rework, up to 36×41 cm


Looking at this image I guess it is a reflection of me thinking a lot about going on vacation to sunny Spain. I will do that in real life somewhere in the very near future. Jippie!


This image started as a doodle this morning. Just using a ballpoint. Than I added marker and Pitt pens (FaberCastel). I scanned the image into the computer and cleaned the image from smudges and other artefacts. After that I made a digital background.

I like to combine these different techniques. They all have their own beauty (and disadvantages). The Pitt pens have their natuaral irregularities when filling a form with their color. The computer has just the opposite possibility, creating evenly colored surfaces.

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experiment with acrylagouache

‘Hello birds’, mixed media on paper, size ca 30×40 cm

I bought a (small) box of acrylagouache paint by Holbein and some beautiful paintbrushes. O my God, how great is that paint. The colors are so bright! I keep going back to them again and again. Today I tried scanning them and that worked very well also. Thank you Judith at Splendith for advising me so well on this stuff. I’m going back to my paint now! See you!