10 days ago I had an art exhibition in a wonderful location, an old fortress in Ellewoutsdijk, a small village by the sea….a location so beautiful and inspiring that even though it’s been quite some time already, I still want to share some of it with you…

This is the wonderful space inside the fortress that I and Janneke Rottier shared. What an experience…to drive the car into the fortress! This is the excrutiatingly beautiful front end of our space.

The back end of the casemate was quite serene before my work was hung up. Gosh, it’s already ravishingly beautiful as it is! Almost a pity to hang anything on the walls!

Exhibiting my work in this space lead to resolutions to do larger paintings this year…I’m looking forward to the challenge! It was also quite a challenge to sort the works I was going to hang up and those that I’d leave out. And still I hung up way too much! It was quite an odd combination with my journaling workshop too… Credo for next year will be: minimalism!

These were presentation panels for my journals AND…some of my personal journals. It was quite strange to lay some of them wide open for visitors. Even though I show some of my pages online, that limits the views to those who are genuinely interested in art journaling. But here, in front of all those passers-by, I felt rather exposed. I’d picked old ones that featured topics that have been dealt with and have found closure. But still…it was beyond odd. Having said that, a lot of beautiful stories came out of it. People who recognized themselves in my pages…even tears ran down some cheeks. A very humbling experience…

I also taught an art journaling workshop…a really simple, yet lovely watercolour technique that always works!

See how pretty! It never ceases to amaze me how people open up to the journaling exercises…always a bit hesitant at first…and then they open up and share so freely. Always allowing a glimpse of who they are behind first glance. It’s wonderful! And it always shows in their work.

I did the same workshop last weekend at the open day of ‘t Westlicht, a spiritual centre here in town. To inspire people to give the visual and artful way of keeping a diary a chance, I brought my real journals along again. And again it lead to wonderful stories and a lot of interest. So many people long to get creative…

It’s a lot of work, prepping for events like these. But they were both really wonderful days that have inspired me enormously. So, with a head full of ideas, I’m heading back to my drawing table. Hurray!