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little lady

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.

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a fruitful day

Yesterday I gave myself an assignment: ‘design a pattern using only the computer’. So I learned how to turn a red round shape into an apple, making leafs out of ovals. The image above is the result.
The orange apples I added because today it is Kingsday here in The Netherlands. On Kingsday everything turns orange because of the king’s famous anchestor Willem van Oranje (oranje = orange) who sort of started The Netherlands back in sixteenth century.

Happy Kingsday!

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100.000 ways to live our lives

This morning I sketched the carpet on the upper left side of the image above. Then I thought about trying to figure out many different ways to fill a square. All this was meant to draw a carpet with much more different details than the one I made.

Drawing and filling all the squares made me think that this exercise is actually a metaphore for life. If I can make so many different squares, I can probably imagine as many different ways of living. And that is something worth to remember: there are may ways to live my life and it is up to me to choose how I want it to be. And that, my friend, is called FREEDOM, which we have here more than anywhere in the world. Let’s cherish our freedom.

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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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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.