an Artist with a Journal

 

“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.”

David Bowie on expression

 

 

Latest Activities…

Make Art & Help the Earth!

Make Art & Help the Earth!

Today the wonderful Art Package Art for Earth is launched, 25% of which is donated to Treesisters.org. I am one of the contributors with a brand new online course + bonus e-book!

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Morning Collage

Morning Collage

Kickstarting the day I am currently refurbishing my website and to be honest, it's quite a boring job and I long to paint. But since both websites and painting are time-consuming activities, the painting will have to wait a bit. A few days I crept behind the computer...

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And some more activity…

Storytelling with Tanka + Illustrated Tanka#4

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…

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

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,,,

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

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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Cool Watercolor Faces, a NEW online workshop NOW OPEN!!!

Cool Watercolor Faces, a NEW online workshop NOW OPEN!!!

Cool Watercolor Faces - an Intuitive Watercolor Workshop What better workshop to help you cool down in midsummer than Cool Watercolor Faces? (And for those on the Southern hemisphere...this is the perfect online workshop to get a summery buzz in midwinter...

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Color my Page! July Art Challenge

Color my Page! July Art Challenge

A new Art Challenge! Dear art challengers, today Summer has begun. With recess just around the corner I thought I'd chuck in the July challenge early so that I can just squeeze in an August challenge for those who'd like to do all months. This time the challenge is an...

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Color My Page Art Challenge: Green

Color My Page Art Challenge: Green

June 2017's edition of the Color My Page Art Challenge: "Green" I think it's high time to get some structure in the Color My Page Art Challenge. Something I can now do because all my deadlines are made and I have time to fill with my own projects. So first thing I...

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Speedpaint and new Art Journal Pages

Speedpaint and new Art Journal Pages

Speedpaint video + a little about gouache Last week I painted this floral pattern painting above. It was a wonderful, colorful and relaxing process that I wanted to share with you in this speedpaint. At the same time I was writing an article on gouache. I figured, why...

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Illustration Friday: Resist

Illustration Friday: Resist

Illustration Friday contribution Finally I had time to sit down and do another illustration for Illustration Friday! I've missed doing that and it's been a fab day working in between chores and errands. But the illustration is there. This week's theme was "Resist". I...

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Color wheel and meeting my unknown sister

Color wheel and meeting my unknown sister

The unknown sister Last Monday something VERY exciting happened. For the first time I met one of my YouTube followers in real life! Caroline visited our country and proposed to meet...which we did! We and our husbands spent an unexpected marvelous afternoon in the...

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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”