Thursday, 18 January 2018

Still not painting

I don't know what it is, but I just Don't.Feel.Like.Painting. I look at my painting, I look at my brushes, I think of the lessons in Fonda's workshop I still want to try, and .... nothing. I can't bring myself to do it. It feels like so much hassle. Really weird. I hope this is just a passing phase, and that it'll pass real quick!

In the meantime, I'm drawing. I got out my alcohol-markers again. This one is not finished, I want to put text around her and I have some ideas in my head, but I'm not sure how and what yet. So for now I'll just post her like she is now:


And I did another sketch. I want to make one every week this year, although I already missed the first week. So I'll have to make one extra some time. But I like sketching again, and it only requires a sketchbook and my pencil-case. Less hassle than painting ;-)


And that's it for this week! I'm not being very productive at the moment, guess I'm still a bit in holiday mood :-)

So it's time for the funnies:











and the other ones ...






Linking this to Paint Party Friday. Thanks for your visit and your comments! Really appreciate it :-)

Hope you're having a great day! I'll be back next week ♥ ♥ ♥


Thursday, 11 January 2018

Happy New Year

Happy 2018 to all my blog-readers! Wishing you a year filled with creativity, fun and contentment!

The holidays have been really hectic, and I didn't get much art done. I did little things here and there, but nothing major. Didn't touch my painting ...

But I did make a journal page, and a sketch :-)

Here's the start of my journal page:


Leftover paints scraped and stamped on there, a looong time ago .... And yes, I saw two blobs which resembled (in my eyes) faces


So I brought them out


and painted them in

added some highlights to lighten it all up, and my first journal page of the new year was finished :-)
I hope it's the start of many more!

I also started sketching again. I really need to practice more, and I always tend to forget how much I love sketching ...


My sketching skills are getting a bit rusty. So one of my intentions for this year is to make one sketch a week for the whole year. Hmmm. I really wonder whether I'll manage that. But I'll certainly try!

I haven't been on the internet much in the last couple of weeks, and I intend to keep it that way. But I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone at Paint Party Friday.

And one thing I intend to keep on doing in this brandnew year is keep sharing funny and not-so-funny pictures. Everyone needs a good laugh now and then, as well as a good think, don't you think so?

So here goes :-)








And the ones to think about ...




Me, hubby and our two kids started doing this! Every Sunday evening at dinner we each write down something that we enjoyed that week and put it in a jar. It's fun!


Okay, that's it for now. It's almost midnight and I need to get up early, so it's off to bed.
Thanks for your visit! Enjoy your day and have a wonderful weekend!
I'll be back next week ♥ ♥ ♥

Friday, 22 December 2017

Overview of my creative year

Since two years I've been making an overview in December of things I've done creative-wise during that year. It's quite an eye-opener sometimes, because I always have the feeling I did less than it turns out I did. And it's also just plain fun to look back that way :-)

So here's my overview for 2017!

In January I decided to finally do something with some old trays I had laying around. This one I dotted on, and the other one I doodled on. We're still using these today, and they still look new :-)


In February I finished my first painting of the year: "Heal the world"


In March I was quite obsessed with finding images in my old roadmap-book, and looking for fitting quotes for them. This for me was a way to deal with all that was happening in the world:


In April I finally doodled again :-) Seems like I can hardly find the time to sit down with this nowadays, although every time I make one I feel how relaxing it is ....


In May I finished another of my very large paintings on canvas: "Feeling Blue"


In June I tried my hand at some digital journaling. I would love to do this more often, but it's a steep learning curve and somehow, yes, well, the old song .... I can't seem to find time for it....


July was filled with a new obsession of mine: keeping an art diary. I kept it up for about 2 months, but then I got more and more behind until in the end I gave up... I'm still looking for a way to fit art into my every day life. If someone has a tip: please share!


August was a very slow month art-wise. We went to Portugal for a few weeks, and I did a few ink drawings there... 



In September I participated in an art market, and finally finished a mosaic figurine that I had started when we were still living in Australia! Sometimes it takes a long time, but in the end things usually get finished :-)


In October I participated in my first online auction. To help Puerto Rico after the devastating tornadoes. Both of my pieces sold for more than 100 dollars! Wow, I'd never expected that! This is one of them:


November is always my calendar-month. I made 3 calendars for 2018, one with Dutch quotes and 2 English ones. In case you haven't got a calendar for 2018 yet: the links are in the sidebar!


December was and still is taken up by a workshop I'm doing with Fonda Clark Haight: The Down Deep. Very interesting workshop, I'm still working through all the assignments. Here's one of them:


And that's it! I love looking back and remembering things I had forgotten already. The new year looks promising with a new workshop I signed up for: Paint your heart and soul 2018. A course with 24 teachers, can't wait to dive into that!

This'll be my last post for 2017. I'll be linking up to Paint Party Friday and visiting all artists there in the coming days :-)

Just one more thing to do now: end with some funnies :-D











hahaha! LOVE this one!

And also some more serious ones:





Laura Adel Johnson


To all of you who have come here this year to visit my blog, to leave heart-warming comments, to show your support: THANK YOU! It means a lot to me and keeps me showing up as often as I can to share what I've been doing, to express doubts and ideas, to ask your opinions, to just be in the presence of people who "get" me. I want to wish you all the best for the holidays: warmth, joy, kindness and laughter. Here's to you and to 2018 ♥


See you in the new year ♥ ♥ ♥