I just finished a masterclass with Marenthe. Two days filled with information and inspiration, contact with fellow makers and Marenthe as our radiating teacher. But also filled with confusion that seems to belong to a happening like this. At least for me.
So today is for letting it all sink in through doodling, relaxing, making art and taking a nap.
Today my parents would have had their birthdays. My father would have turned 90 years old and my mother 93. They are still missed a lot. But today we also remember what they gave us. For instance they gave us a whole bunch of brothers and sisters with whom we can share life and memories. But they also gave us a way of looking at life like it is a colorful road, where there is a lot of interesting stuff and people to see and where stories are spread all over the place.
I am forever grateful for that. Thanks Mom and Dad!
I made this one in honour of Heather and Jan, who came to visit me the other day. We had a conversation about the friendlyness in the English language.
This is a paper collage and drawing in which I later put some of my patterns. I reworked that again digital. A whole lot of work for one image and I think there is some more work to do on this one. It is funny: the more I know about drawing, scanning and digital reworking the longer it takes to finish a piece of art.
In 1999 I wrote a small story that accompagnied a couple of sketches like the second one you see here. Over the years I have rewritten and redrawn this story time and time again. Two years ago I was sure it was finished and ready for publication.
However I am working on it again. In the 2019 version the second image is replaced with the first one.
It’s raining and it so gray outside here in Leyden, The Netherlands. Well, I guess that’s what our little country is famous for: rain. Still, I am really looking forward to springtime. The smell of new flowers, the feeling of nature waking up. Of us waking up actually! Here is to that bubbling spring feelings!