Monday, July 28, 2014

Blog Hopping

My dear creative friend Nini Ninina invited me to participate in a little bloghop. We answer a few questions and invite some other creative friends to do the same.
Here's Nini"s blogpost. Take a look at her blog, she makes geougeous things; all sorts of things: she sews, draws, glues, paints….she does it all :-D. And she CAN do it all :-). Wish I was that handy with a needle for example ;-).

O.k., here are the Q&A's:

1. Why do I do what I do?

I've just always LOVED drawing ever since I was little. A few years ago I suddenly had the time to spend more time at it again and I rediscovered my love for it and couldn't stop doing it. It developed into a wish to become an illustrator. And it's getting better and better and gradually my wish is coming true :-).

Hare I drew in my Moleskine recently
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I'm not sure of this….I know I like to draw and illustrate many many many different things and  styles….

3. How does my creative process work?

Well…hm…Usually something catches my attention, something I see, hear, experience, dream about etc. Then I feel a spark of inspiration and start investigating. I google the subject a bit, this usually gives me more ideas and inspiration and then I write a few words down, sometimes make a very rough sketch and then just start! I start to draw and often it happens that along the way the drawing or work turns into something unexpected or details get added I wouldn't have thought of in front. Then when the work is finished it sometimes needs a little tweaking in photoshop and that's it!! I work quite intuitively I suppose.

4. What am I working on now?

I just finished an illustrated recipe I made for The Holland Road. They organize dinners and activities to connect people in Rotterdam. And they serve a marvelous Date-pie I made the illustrated recipe for.

I will pass this blog-hop on and will invite lovely artist Suzi Poland to write a  similar blogpost and answer the above questions too. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Donkey Love and Patience.

I love donkey's.

That and I'm not the most patient person in some areas. Letting things evolve and unfold in time versus holding on….Also on my facebookpage.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Earth, Love, Tree.

Last year I met a very sweet lady called Nancy who makes very beautiful oil-paintings of (mostly) Dutch scenery's and landscapes (lovely work, take a look overhere). She's a very lovely, open, beautiful, funny and sensitive person.

Ever since I was a kid I've loved animals and especially horses and I was very happy when I met Nancy and her sweet horse named Theo. The first time I met him he was more interested in his green grass than he was to meet me :-), but the second time around he allowed me to cuddle him for a long time in his stable.
A little while ago Nancy asked me to make a little book especially for her. This is the book I made. She gave me a few words/themes that meant something to her: Earth, Love and Tree.
It's an accordeon-folded little book on thick watercolourpaper.

Part of the book.
The little book folded

Friday, May 23, 2014

Tree Museum

The other day I heard the song from the Counting Crows: 'Big Yellow Taxi'.
This part of the lyrics suddenly made me see a clear image in my imagination;

'they took all the trees and put them in a tree-museum
and charged the people dollar and a half to see them.'

Just hope it won't come to this the way we treat our earth…

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

From sketchbookpage to quote in yellow and pink.

Hi all! Have been practicing some hand-lettering. This has been something I've been wanting to get better at for a long time. I like the illustrated quotes I see around very much. And now, finally, I'm getting a little better at it and I'm actually liking some of the things I've made.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


It seems there is a a sea-and nautic related theme going on in me and my art at the moment (also see my previous post). Interesting to think a bit about where this might be coming from.