an Artist with a Journal

Long time no journaling…

Long time no journaling Gosh, it's been such a long time since I was here and since I'd journaled. It sounds like a boring cliché, but I was busy. Before I tell you about what's been keeping me so busy, let me start by sharing the journal page I finally got to do last...

End of year, Tanka and some neat Inspiration

Dear readers, we've come to the end of this year...already! Time is rushing by so fast I feel its velocity might toss me off the planet sometimes. Gosh...almost 2018 already! High time to review, look ahead and fuel our minds with a little, or no...a lot of...

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a Tanka illustrated: #6 every day raindrops…

Summer has fallen and my Tanka couldn't but follow... English translation of the Tanka: every day raindrops on the map - it's sunny now beckoning me out but I find my feet frozen in the work I have to do The skies have turned a dull kind of heavy and...

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Some collage practise and weekend inspiration

It's time for a little bit of weekend inspiration and an update on what I've been working on. The past week I've been practising my collage skills. Inspired by the work of Sara Fanelli, I finally got started on a collage journal, something I'd been...

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a Tanka illustrated: #5 So high…

I'm still working on my series of illustrated Tanka. I searched for a way to combine writing poetry with my art work for years and now it feels like I've found it. The more I write, the more ideas are growing, the harder my fingers are itching. I made some...

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Storytelling with Tanka + Illustrated Tanka#4

English translation of the Tanka: four paws are walking to the horizon with me I never get there no matter how much concrete slides past under my two feet Storytelling is majorly important in art Without a story, art is basically just a pretty (hopefully!)...

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a Tanka illustrated: #2 For those willing to see…

I'm still writing and illustrating Tanka's. Partly in preparation of my LIVE workshop on 9 December - for which there are still a few seats available, see the link below - and partly because I'm working on a series. One of my latest Tankas is this one....

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Transforming a Filofax into a Traveler’s journal

Do you know the quest for the PERFECT journal/planner? If you're as nuts about notebooks and planners like me and if you have a butterfly mind like me, you probably do and have probably been caught in the planner mania of the moment like me. In this post I...

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a Tanka illustrated: #1 Far away mountains,,,

English translation of the Tanka: Far away mountains behind which gold lies hidden that I'll never see because a renewed chaos shot it with an old order LIVE cursus Tanka Schrijven en Illustreren Op 9 december aanstaande vindt de ééndaagse workshop Tanka...

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LIVE Workshop Writing and Illustrating Tankas

Why Tankas? My first love was words. I filled tons of diaries with words. And when plain words weren't enough anymore, I began writing poetry. I think I was 11 years old when I started. I poured everything that happened in life into poetry. In poetry and...

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My art is universal and flows from my journals. My journals are 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”

 

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.”