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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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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!