Saturday, December 29, 2012

give it a whirl!

I want to say goodbye to you for this year. A lot happened, good and bad stuff and I realy shared a lot with you on this blog. And all I want to say is THANK YOU! To all of you who follow this blog, read it once in a while and sometimes even take the time to write a comment. I mean it when I say that it means a lot to me that you spend some of your time here. I wish you all the very best for the next year, I hope it will be a creative one! And hopefully we see each other next year in this blog-universe;-)
So have a good time, were ever you celebrate and dance the night away!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

one more or one less...


This card made my dad for me for christmas. He let one of my Pippi's spread all the things I'm doing lately, all my different projects like the drawings, the crockery, necklaces and rings, the shop. I'm always worried if I don't do to much and if it all makes sence, because it's not one style and so on and on and on.... But now on this card it somehow does make sence and it just shows that I'm trying and working on it.  And maybe the projects aren't that different as I thought....

Sunday, December 23, 2012


So I did not find that small door to escape which I drew in my last post. It has been busy, the gifst are wrapped, the cooking is almost done so I hope today I can draw a bit more and relax.
This is a picture I took of a nativity scene which is build every year across our street at a farm. There is a day-care at this farm for mental disabled kids and they made this figures. I really like them, especially the animals make me smile.

What I want to say to you all: I hope you have a very nice christmas together with people you love, some nice food and well...some presents! Wish you some wonderfull days!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

fully underground

I know it's a cliche, but right now, during all this early-christmas-gifts-dinner-stress I want to disappear. Maybe I'll find a small door in a corner. You see: I have my handbag with me;-)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

soup for christmas!

Between all the new projects I started I maneged to get the last 5 soup plates ready. I now have 6 dinner plates and 6 soup plates ready of the same crockery. Maybe I surprice my guests during christmas dinner with these plates... I wish you all good week and thanks to the ones who left a comment to the last post!

Friday, December 14, 2012

some tears, trials, tribulations for new stuff!

I don't know were to start, so much has happened, mostly in my head... and all of it about my art, and what art is and why some of it is so caled "high" or "important" art and some of it isn't and blablabla. Anyway: it all started with another cancellation for my drawings. I became kind of depressed, very sad and angry! Other people deside if my drawings are oke and if they are good enough or if they fir into their concept. So I decided to put some more energy in the other stuff I make: the things just for fun or just for friends.  The things that do not count in the art-world: the so-called hobby things... I was so tired of this discussion about art and the feeling about my other stuff, that they are not good enough or at least not in the world I want to fit in. So I decided all the stuff I make mathers and I just start something new, more "commercial". And I have fun doing it! So: I started a new label that goes by the name "Atelier Spunk" (atelier means as much as studio) and here you can find the jewelery I make. The shop isn't online yet, I hope it will be next week. I even updated my facebook-account which I ignored all these years... maybe some of you are out there as well, you'll find me here. And if you think it is a bit okay what I'm doing you can like the page of Spunk:
Enough for now, more later on, I wish you all a nice weekend!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

circle of life

I few weeks ago I told you about my visit to the Gaia Zoo. Now I want to show you a beautiful sculpure they own. The artist Roger Geraerdts made it. About two years ago you could see the "Elephants Parade" in the city Heerlen. The Elephants Parade is the world's largest open air exhibition of decorated elephant statues that seeks to attract public awareness and support for Asian elephant conservation. As an artist you get a grey elephant statue and you can do with it as you like. The wonderful thing about this sculpture is that you really have to look twice and then you'll see what's going on...He build a lion out of wood and iron around the elephant. I just think it's great. And apparently more people thought that so the Zoo ordered a baby sculpture.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

drawing challenge

This weeks drawing challenge is hosted by WOOLF and her great theme is Cactus. I'm going more by her subtitle: "please, don't go sit on a cactus, ayayay! ooy!" I actually really like cacti, I have a lot of them and this year some of them got some really nice flowers. And if I got my fingers full of the cactus needles I always blame myself for being not that carefull, not the cactus!
For more drawings on this theme please go to the wonderful WOOLF's blog!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

come and play

I finished another dinner plate in red, the same playfull girl as in my header. Let's see where this is going...

Friday, November 30, 2012

up and down around again

This drawing is based on one of those old wooden christmas-figures for in your christmas-tree. It's an angel sitting on a rocket.... It was not my design or idea;-) I post this because on sunday it's the first Advent, so count down to christmas! I wish you all a nice weekend.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

as she comes

I finished a new drawing. What do you think of this one?
For those of you who don't know how big these drawings are check out this post.
I wish you all a good week!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

drawing challenge

This weeks drawing challenge is hosted by Patrice and she has this great theme: little red riding hood. This time I didn't make a drawing but a photo just because I finally saw a change to use a great little figure of mine. I don't know, I just think she is so sweet and funny at the same time, and different. And I think she can manage this situation: the sun is shining and that wolf... well... she can handle him;-)
For more little red riding hoods check out Patrice blog and I wish you a nice weekend!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

favourite girl

Meet my favourite almost-every-day-girl. I have to pass her when I deliver my mail (my job to earn some money) in a small village.  She stands in front of a house which used to be a gallery but now it's a bed and breakfast. She's the only one who is left and I don't now the artist. I like her. I like the long legs and her socks and her orange hair. Maybe it's because she reminds me of my drawings.

Friday, November 16, 2012

happiness hit her

I've finished the dinner plates, now I started with the soup plates. First one is ready.
I wish you all a nice weekend!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

shoplift a thought or two

Thank you for the nice comments on my birthday-post! I had a really nice weekend with family and friends, food and beautiful and sweet presents. So I welcome the new year!

And because of this I didn't had much time to draw, so today I show you a page of my "collecting-words-and-sentences-sketchbook". I collect sentences I read from newpapers, magazines, books and songtext. I love words, I'm just really bad in using them myself (that's why I draw;-), so I collect them and shuffle them an create new ones I use for the titles of my works. On the right page you can see my interest for woman's right or problem's...

Friday, November 9, 2012

hip, hip....


This weekend I celebrate my birthday: on sunday I'll turn 32...Celebrating my birthday gives me always a funny feeling. I don't like the numbers, because I don't feel like 32. It sounds like so much and in a way old (I now that you're all laughing out loud, those who are older then me;-) and at the same time I'm lucky to get older, I just have to think about my mother. That's way I look so funny in my selfportrait.

I wish you all a nice weekend and if you feel like it: check my other blog for what I'm going to do with my quests.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

animals are always right

No, this is not my rabbit Pollock or a new friend of him (which would be nice) but a Belgian hare in the Gaia Zoo, where I spend my sunday moring. This zoo was started in 2005 and it's about 15 minutes by car from where we live. I don't like the concept of a zoo that much, especially the old fashion cages, but because this zoo is so new they have a new concept. They used nature environment and everything is made of wood or glass. No iron cages or weird rocks for lions but big places for the animals so there is a risk that you can't see them. And it's just great that it's so nearby that we can visit it anytime and see it develop and the newborn animals. And we can buy this cheap card which we can use the whole year. I couldn't resist: here are some more animal pictures:

Friday, November 2, 2012

dreams in a glass elevator

Yesterday I saw a documentary about ballet-dancers. When I was younger I wanted to be one. Not like a little girls dream, but for real. I danced and practised a lot. I didn't want to be a classic ballarina but I wanted to dance in modern productions. When I was about 16 something in my knee broke and my dream was over. I stopped dancing and even today when I see something on TV I get little melancholy and I wonder... About a year ago my sister asked me if I wanted to join her to "zumba" classes. It's not the same and I didn't danced over 14 years but it's even better: we have fun! And I can be fanatical one day a week;-)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

the order of the day

As you might remember a few weeks ago I was quite sick and since then new ideas just keep crashing into my head. Maybe it's true what they say: if you slow down for a moment, your mind opens up to new ideas, just think about nothing and then.... Maybe this functions really well if you're forced to do nothing, like me, when you're sick. Otherwise I find this very hard to do, but maybe it's just not such a bad idea. But anyway: me being busy with new stuff like my other blog, the crockery or making racks kept me away of my big drawings which I noticed today. I really have been neglected them so this week I have to give my new drawing some attention. So back to the studio!

Friday, October 26, 2012

in the sun or rainy days

Now summer is definitly over. The last week was abosulutely beautiful: sunny and the colours of fall were so bright.  Now it's raining and the leaves are turning brown. So here are the last lomo-pictures of the flowers which were left in the garden. If you look closely you can see a bee on top of the flower in the first picture, it's out of focus but still..... Everyone a nice weekend!

Monday, October 22, 2012

pink ribbon

In the Netherlands October is the month of Pink Ribbon: an organisation who creates  a worldwide awareness for breast cancer. I'm not sure if it's the same in the rest of the world. Some of you know that my mother died of the effects of breast cancer. Because of this and just to make sure I have to go the docter myself every two years for a check up. This is not in October, my mother's birthday or the day she past away isn't in October but I'm still very aware of it in this month and I just think a bit in pink. That's way this drawing.

And just to make this post not to heavy: I posted a funny quote on my other blog and placed the "follow-link" which I forgot;-) I wish you all a good start in this new week!

Friday, October 19, 2012

something different and new!

I'm quite exited because I started another blog! It's not that different because I still post drawings but it's all about food. On this blog you can find recipes and quotes about food. Maybe you'll ask yourself "why?". To answer this I'll have to tell you something about myself: I have some really bad food allergies. When I eat peanuts or nuts you'll have to bring me to the hospital because I can't breathe. When I eat yeast, sugar or milkproducts it will make me sick after a few months: daily stomach ache, headache and very tired. If I tell people this the maint point is often that they focus on the allergies and not what I can eat and that they feel sorry for me. Even if I tell them that they don't have to be because I feel better this way because I'm not sick. Even on the internet the focus is often so negative that I wanted a change for me and maybe even for other people who can't eat this stuff. So I started this blog with a lot of positive energie and my way to share recipes: by drawings! Maybe you want to have a look, leave a comment, or even follow it... Maybe you even have a tip-off! I just started so there're only 4 post yet. The drawings are in dutch, but you can find the english version on the bottom of every post.
The name of the blog is "plant-aardig", which means in dutch as much as "vegetable" but in dutch it has the word "nice" in it.

Maybe I'll see you there ( if you want te know the whole recipe of the drawing above you'l have to take a look ;-)) and otherwise I wish you a nice weekend!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

more in store

A picture of my working table which is now full of drying dinner plates. I finished all 6 of the dinner plates of the service of my grandmother. All togehter they look nice I think. Now I start drawing on the soup plates and after that maybe some more red plates.

I wish you all a good week!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

drawing challenge

This weeks drawing challenge is hosted by the lovely Mano and she has a great theme: driftwood!
I absolutely love wood and in particular the wood I find. In our home we have lots of wood we found and we made things out of it or just put it somewhere as decoration. I also love furniture made of driftwood, my dream is to have a nice cupboard made of it. For this challenge I tried something new: I took a photo and put it together with a drawing of mine. I like the atmosphere in it. For more driftwood inputs check out Mano's blog! (which you should do anayway!).

And to start the weekend: some changes on my blog!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

old habits die hard

And again I reached out to the colour red, which has become "my colour". While working on my blue dinner plates I also made this one last week. A new, modern plate for a red girl (more magenta I would say...). And I'm still not sure what to think of it. What I like about the blue ones is the combination of old and new: the old flowers and my drawing connected to it. This one is very "modern" already in it's shape. So what do you think of it?

Friday, October 5, 2012

lovable lions

Last weekend we had some of the last beautiful, sunny days. Since then it's just rain, rain and some more rain. So we made a walk through Maastricht and visited the lions of Marjolein Mandersloot. She made these sculpures for a part of Maastricht that has been renewed and I just love them! They are made of cast iron but they look like stuffed animals and very cuddly. I wish you all a nice weekend, sunny or rainy: it really doesn't matter, just enjoy it!

Monday, October 1, 2012

know a colour blue

After my frustrations with the spirograph I turned back to what I love to do at the moment: making some more dinner-plates. I really like making them so I think I'll make some more and try out some other plates. I realized that if you find something you like do draw or make, you'll get into some kind of flow. No stress, no thinking, just the colour blue and the drawing. It doesnt't always work that way off course but for the moment this was my Mandala, it just looks different!

Friday, September 28, 2012

drawing challenge

And what a challenge it was!!! This time the challenge was hosted by wonderfull WOOLF and her theme is "Mandala" and the good old spirograph (find out more about these two things on the tinyWOOLF blog). I immediatly got excited because I did get a spirograph as a kid. I search for it and found it! And because I'm working on a personal challenge to get more relaxed and less stressed out, the Mandala theme was perfect! So it seems... My positive energy was gone in 5 minutes and I really got frustrated: I simply couldn't make nice Mandala's! My pen slipped away and I ruined one after another. I'm not made for doing this! I'm the kind of girl who finds peace in colouring Mandala's someone else has made, that's peacefull! Maybe I'll give it anoher try someday. Thank you for this challenge: I again have learned something about myself: I really have to work on my stress-level;-) And I'm sorry, this was the best I could do:

You can find more Mandala's on WOOLF's blog. I wish you all a nice weekend!

Monday, September 24, 2012

my own little world

While searching for something at our addic I found an old wooden wine box of my dad. A box were they transport wine in if you buy it. The more expensive the wine, the more beautiful and better the box is.  I ask him if I could have the box and transformed it into another nice little rack for my little stuff (and I have a lot of it!) I painted it white but on the side you can still see the " grand vin du france". I put in on a wall which I papered with mostly pages of the dutch magazine Flow. These small things make me happy. I wish you a all a good week!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

no, this is not a test

Well, that is not completely truth: at first this dinner plate was a test, including the plates I made before this one. All because of my search for a water resistant marker to draw on porcelain. And now I found one and I started drawing on an old dinner service of my grandma. To be honest I'm really happy with it, I like the colour blue and also the combination of my drawing and the flowers on the plate. Now I start drawing on the rest of the set and I also want to try out some other plates. It will be water resistant but not scratch resistant...
What do you think of it?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

learn to say please

This is the last big drawing I made and I wanted to show you a better picture then the one I showed you here where I'm standing in front of it. This one is a bit different then the rest of the drawings but I like it and I feel sorry for her, even if you can't be sure that maybe she just did something very bad...
What do you think?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Pippi and Mister Nilsson

Yesterday this beautiful necklace arrived, it made my day! It's so perfect, like it's especially made for me to wear it. It fits beautiful with the drawings I make, perfect inspiration and funny and the same time. It's made by Karamboola. If you like nostalgic jewellery you should definitly check out her shop!
I wish you all a nice weekend!

Monday, September 10, 2012

searching for cheese

Actually, these two cute little mouses are searching for chocolate. This weekend we had a family trip to a amusement park in Germany. I still don't feel like my old self but I really wanted to go and just have a nice day. And this park had a new ride "maus au chocolate" about a backery which has trouble with mouses and you can find the two in my drawing at the entrance.

And thank you for the nice comments on my last post, it really does a lot for my self-confidence!

Friday, September 7, 2012

crashing into something new

Yesterday I had some visitors: an art-committee who is interested in my work. I don't know if it's going to work out, so I don't want to say to much about it. Maybe it was just this visit and that's it, apart from making room in our living room to hang the drawings which was an evening of work. But at least it gave me another opportunity to hang my drawings and to try something new with an older drawing next to the new ones. The one I'm standing in front of is a drawing I just finished. I will post a better picture of it next week.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

closer and closer

The summer is sneaking away and you can feel that autumn is slowly coming. In the morning and in the evening it's already a bit colder. I don't mind, I love the autumn with its beautiful colours. So I made this drawing to welcome a hopefully beautiful autumn in about three weeks. I wish you all a good start in the new week!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

photogenic Pollock

This is another experiment with a lomo-camera. This time is not a fisheye, but a camera which has 4 lenses. The camera takes 4 pictures each time you push the button. It takes the pictures very fast and on one print you get 4 pictures. Each picture of my rabbit Pollock is as big as a creditcard and together they make a normal size print. What you see above is a normal photo. You never know exactly what the lenses capture, especially when the oject moves, like Pollock. It was a lot of fun taking pictures of Pollock, he just wanted to see if he could eat the camera...

Sunday, August 26, 2012

all for a happy end

I finished this drawing even before I went to Norway. I realized that I forgot to put in on my blog, so much came inbetween: the pictures of Norway, the lomo-pictures, a drawing challenge, my shop and then I got sick. But at least I started to feel better this weekend, so here it is: my new Pippi-drawing!
I wish you all a good start in the new week!

Friday, August 24, 2012

and the winner is...

To all who left a comment on my post "news!news!news!" where you could win a pocket-mirror to celebrate the opening of my online shop. I did it the old-fashioned way: I wrote all your names down on a piece of paper and mixed them up in a bowl and just took one out. And the (hopefully) lucky one is Annton! She has this wonderful blog "the tiny fishbowl collection" so if you have time you should take a look!

I wish you all a nice weekend!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

me, myself and I...

I'm still sick, but already doing a bit better. Thank you again for your nice words on my last post. I can't do very much at the moment which means that I also can't draw a lot. So I started to doodle in my sketchbook and I tried to make a comic-figur out of myself... Funny, but I'm not sure if this has a future ;-)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

thank you and sorry

Thank you so much for your comments on my shop and your encouraging words! (don't forget: you can still leave a comment on that post to win the pocket-mirror).

And I'm sorry that I haven't been around this week in the blog-world or leave comments your blogs and look at your new post. I've been quite sick and to be honest I'm still not doing okay, so I can't surf around that much on the net, because I've to lie down. The hardest part for me is that I have to ask for help, which I find very hard but at the same time a good lesson to learn. But I wish I would feel better learning it! And hopefully I'll remember it when I'm better... I wish you all a nice weekend and a good start in the new week!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

news! news! news!

Now I'm also one of those people who have their own online-shop, but I'm still pretty exhited! I don't have much items to sell yet and I'm not sure where it's going, but still: something new!
One of the items I'm selling is the "to die for" pocket-mirror: size 7,6 cm and perfect for your handbag or pocket. And to celebrate the opening of my shop I'll give one pocket-mirror away! If you leave a comment you can win this one! Next week I'll let you know who the lucky one is...
Please let me know what you think of my shop!

Friday, August 10, 2012

the fisheye view 2

I few weeks ago I showed you some experiments with a lomo-camera. We took the camera with us to our trip to Norway and here are some results. It's not so easy, you have to experiment a lot. If the horizon line is exactly in the middle you hardly see a difference from a normal photo. I still think it's quite funny, especially the one with the boat made me smile. Below a picture of our car, we drove 3.800 km on our trip...