Art and Illustration

 

“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

For me, it’s colour and texture

 

Latest Activities…

Absolutely wonderful new Watercolor Paint: Aquarius

Absolutely wonderful new Watercolor Paint: Aquarius

Watercolor face I did with the Aquarius paints, Queen of Hearts The Discovery A little while back I ran into the Jane Blundell's blogpost about Aquarius watercolor paints by Roman Szmal. I had never heard of the brand before - which isn't crazy, for more and more...

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What’s on My Desk?

What’s on My Desk?

A second blog post in two days?! I must be on a roll again after such a long period of quietude... For today's post I let myself be inspired by my friend Marit Barentsen who takes part in "What's on Your Workdesk". I was a bit tired of working on an illustration...

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Storytelling with Comics

Storytelling with Comics

Comic(al) Attempts You'll probably know me from my online courses, my art or my visual journals. Those who've been following me for a longer time, may know that I actually also have a thing for drawing comics. A wish, mostly. And I have actually made some comic-style...

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And some more activity…

a Tanka illustrated: #6 every day raindrops…

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

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…

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

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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