Freya’s day.
The day began with a visit from my mom.
We did a little tour in the awakening garden.


appelbloesem mandy van goeije
Apple blossom about to burst open as the pear lets go of its petals
So much is happening in these spring weeks…
Blossom, budding leaves, flowers that spread their petals to stretch and inhale after their long winter’s sleep.
Clematis Montana
In the garden Pim van Lommel‘s “Consciousness beyond Life” made perfect sense.
The flowers that died last year
were never really gone.
They lay there dormant in the essence of the plant
to come back into our world again this year.
How wonderful would it be
if we humans could look at life like that?
After my mom’s visit, I sketched a bit more and listened to the last piece of Pim van Lommel’s lecture
and some accounts of people’s near-death experiences.
The stories gave me goosebumps.
And yet, I can’t get enough of them. I will listen to this audiobook again and again.
It’s ravishingly fascinating and gives so much hope and affirmation.
In his lecture Pim van Lommel speaks of Robert Fludd,
a 17th century physician who already claimed
that the human consciousness wasn’t just residing in the body,
but also ‘in the cloud’ so to speak.
Fludd spoke of different levels of consciousness,
depicted in this image below.
Robert Fludd: Utriusque cosmi
maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica physica atque technica histori.
It’s incredibly fascinating that in the 17th century already
people were thinking about our consciousness in a modern way.

For anyone interested in books by Fludd or in 17th-century books,
“Utriusque cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica, physica atqve technica historia” by Fludd
 has been scanned and made available online in part 1 and part 2.
It’s really worth a look…the diagrams and ink drawings are amazing!
And isn’t it an unprecedented wealth that it’s possible to study such a book
from behind your own computer?

It hasn’t been that long since I transcribed old manuscripts in an archival room on the top floor of the University library in Leiden,
for some I even had to wear gloves to protect the antique pages.
My discovery of these online fascimile editions makes my heart tick!

Then it was time to dive back into the sketching process again.
First more sketches of poses and expressions,
with many thanks to gorgeous model, Isis…♥

Sketch with watercolour

Sketch of which I ad♥re the eyes…