Mandy van Goeije

Welcome, I’m Mandy.

I’m a Dutch artist, teacher and a passionate visual storyteller.

It is in our stories I feel we share something universal in which others read or see a reflection of their own. It is through stories that we connect. That’s why I make art and why I help people use art and language to tell their own.

By looking at our stories, those in the light of our lives and those tucked away in the shadows, we can find strength, healing, joy, relief and confidence. In our own unique visual language we can do so safely.

My work is personal. “What’s wrong with being personal anyway? Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal.”
– Meg Ryan in “You’ve got Mail”

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Latest Blog Posts

Leafing through Memory Lane

Have you ever reread your old diaries? A gruesomely hot and long summer is behind us. And I'm so glad. How did you get through? The Viking blood I must have in my veins was seriously uncomfortable in the heat and I did little more than read 21 books. I'm so glad we...

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End of Summer Books

Hello dear reader, Are you still there? Or did you melt this summer? Boy, was it hot, wasn't it? The area where I live is normally cool since it's close to the sea. But this summer all that once was normal, evaporated in the heat. The viking blood in me (which is by...

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When a girl discovers Jane Eyre

She barged starry-eyed into my studio, jumping and dancing around... Mr. Rochester had asked Jane Eyre to marry him after all! To the utter satisfaction of my daughter! It was nothing short from touching to see my teenage daughter swoon over a romantic novel dressed...

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Blockx Watercolor Review

Today I have another watercolor review for you! Another Belgian brand called Blockx. I heard about this brand of watercolor paint for the first time on the Handprint site. In my video review I say I read that these were one of MacEvoy's favored paints. But I...

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Isaro…what a discovery!

Do I have something exciting for you! Or at least for me it was! A few weeks ago I received a set of 'testeurs', dot samplers, of the Belgian Watercolor and Oil paint brand Isaro. I had not heard of them until a few days before then and was very excited to try out,...

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Hello again! And hello Spring!

Hello dear readers, I'm back! I hopped on the back of Spring and flew back with it to the virtual lands to share new work with you, For starters I made this video review of Nila Colori watercolor paint. I received this paint months ago, to try and review. And it's...

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David Bowie on expression: “There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along. It’s always been my way of expressing what for me is inexpressible by any other means.”