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To me, my art is the connection with myself. If I’m not able to work out my artistic needs, I can’t feel my deeper self. It helps me get by in a lot of situations. Here, you can read my insights and the stories behind the paintings. You can also find stories about my sight and how I deal with low vision, connected to my artwork.

Integration of flowers and ladies

Integration of flowers and ladies

Recently I met an amazing artist on Instagram, Angela Smit. I love her drawings and journaling and she uses a wonderful colour palette. What I adore is the calmth and space in her work. For a long time I wanted to do some more journaling. I saw she had a great art exchange with my art friend...

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Morning Pages

Morning Pages

Today I've started with writing 'Morning Pages' again. That means: write 3 pages, each morning. I don't know if I am able to do that each morning, and I don't want to be too hard for myself. But writing is a very good way to find my voice, my real voice. I have had periods in my life writing...

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Painting, teaching & living without a plan

Painting, teaching & living without a plan

Recently I've been changing my way of working a bit. I am a very organised person, who plans a lot and wants to know what's to come. When I'm teaching, I prepare a lesson with a theme or a particular technique. I create a step by step programme. Although there's enough space for everyone, I plan a...

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Why do we paint?

Why do we paint?

It’s something I keep asking myself. Is it the invitation of a blank canvas? Or the colours I want to dance with? Is it the joy of those playful moments? However, it’s something I can’t do without.And yes, it’s a bit of my ego, shouting for attention. Let’s be honest about that! I know many people...

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What it is like to have no ‘real’ art studio

What it is like to have no ‘real’ art studio

When students come to follow art lessons, they're always getting a first free lesson. Most of them stay for a year, some of them much longer. Not often it happens that adults and children just don't show up after that first class. I always ask them why. Once there was a girl who answered: 'I...

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10 Tips To fnd your painting flow again

10 Tips To fnd your painting flow again

Whether you are a professional painter or you are someone who likes to paint sometimes, you might be interested in how to stay in flow. After a busy period it can be hard to tune into your creativity and find your painting flow again. You first need to still the mind... or do you just start? Here...

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Nature

Nature

No matter what it is you're searching for, if you can't find it in yourself Go outside and see in nature who you really are

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Pushing yourself too hard in art

Pushing yourself too hard in art

Challenges of living with an eye disease For many times in my life I feel that I want more than I can do. The one and only strategy to solve this problem is to choose. What do I REALLY want, in art and in life. I'd better focus on one thing, one technique. My body has given me the signals that I...

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Is it finished or not?

Is it finished or not?

hundreds of paintings in one artwork There can be hundreds of paintings in one painting. It’s about the process every time I paint. Every painting is asking other skills and another composition. With this one, finally called ‘Green View’ I had several stages that I’ll share with you. I sometimes...

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