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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.

which voice to listen too when you have too many projects?

which voice to listen too when you have too many projects?

https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/abstractart/ busy creative kid Ever since I was a child I worked on more than one project. Yes, since I was a child. I wrote little stories, that came out of playing endlessly. I also drew a lot and also that led me to stories. Mostly I had one main theme that took me completely for a while. One of these...

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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 thought there would be a real studio!' Well I have a...

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10 tips to find your painting flow again

10 tips to find 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 are some tips to get your way in! Calm your...

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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

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 needed rest. My eyes are as always my weakest spot...

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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 wouldn’t even imagine this is the same...

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all the girls are gone…

all the girls are gone…

After a very nice afternoon when I opened my new exhibition I feel relieved, happy, proud and... sad. Why is that? I feel like some paintings are still close to myself, I've only just finished them. And now I'm already leaving them alone in a strange place like a hotel... Part of my paintings is at Restaurant van Schaik, which is pretty close to...

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figure painting without a model

figure painting without a model

drawing portraits out of boredom at high school I did not paint a lot figures over the last years. As I started painting in my 'early years' around 2003/2004 I worked with many figures in my work though. Also in my time at high school that was dominated with boredom I doodled a lot of comic like girls. I became pretty good at giving expression to...

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new exhibition at Herberg De Waard van Ternaard (Friesland, NH)

new exhibition at Herberg De Waard van Ternaard (Friesland, NH)

A brand new exhibition! I'm proudly showing you the pictures of the hotel/restaurant Herberg De Waard in the small town Ternaard in Friesland, the north of The Netherlands. Now, my work is partly in Markenbinnen (Noord-Holland), partly in Ternaard. There are a few pieces that are never shown before and aren't on the website and Instagram, so you...

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enough to do for upcoming exhibition

enough to do for upcoming exhibition

I'm very proud to announce that my new exhibition at Herberg de Waard in Ternaard (Friesland, NL) will be arranged next Thursday. After a few weeks of doing (almost) nothing because my (only) eye was hurting too much, I need to take some steps and make some decisions. As always there will be the question: Which paintings will be in and how can I...

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Thanks again, universe!

Today at the hospital: there's no leak in the filter in my eye! That means, no worries, stay calm... and paint again! I feel so relieved. It's really wonderful how suddenly your life can change when you hear good news. When your one and only eye is not lost. I realize there's so much depending on that eye. This morning I tried to count all the...

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forced to rest: when my eyes don’t allow me to make art

After the very productive month of January, in which I created 6 larger pieces of art, and several smaller artworks, I was suddenly forced to stop all my activities. My eye (the only one I have left) was hurting for a week or so. I first thought I overworked a bit, because all the energy of inspiration... But, when I kept calm for a few days,...

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my art intentions for 2019

my art intentions for 2019

I've already posted some important stuff I want to do for my art business this year, but there came up so much more by writing those down. What do I want to create in 2019? In my paintings and artworks I want to grow and I want to do some new things. There are some new series I want to start with, but also things I've done in the past I want to...

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my business intentions for 2019

my business intentions for 2019

MEETING INSPIRING PEOPLE Building up my social network, meeting wonderful people whether they are art colleagues, inspiring people or customers. All to keep the business inspiring, but of course running! To me it's important to have everything balanced. Not too much social media, but a few moments a day it's good to share your thoughts and choose...

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The top 5 most remarkable art related adventures in 2018

#5. having a great time with the group of local artist that set up a project to save the trees last summer This summer I worked on a project with a couple of local artists because there were some trees to be chopped. I love the estate of Marquette, it's one of my favorite places to go with students to paint. Missing those hundred year old trees...

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the power of getting lost

the power of getting lost

we take the same road often We use to take the same roads again and again, literally and also in our painting process. We take the paint, the colors and the surface that we're familiar with and everything's going well. But, sometimes it's better to do something completely new. Or, do it in a way you've never done before. Have you ever painted...

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giving yourself permission to paint

For the second time this year I had a group of wonderful students in my painting class. All of them were starters. Two of them already did a lot with drawing and other techniques, but never with acrylic paint. The other one was totally blank. My goal with the course is to make people paint from within theirselves. To give them confidence to...

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too much on my mind to make art (is it true?)

October ends, November starts... Basically not my favorite time of the year. I just feel a bit overwhelmed by everything I've been doing lately. My work is not only about creating art, I have around 20 art students that take lessons, individually or in a group. Next to that, there was an exhibition ending this week, so we had to pick up my...

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painting

When a painting starts seeing YOU and tells you her story, you're on the right path

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