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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.

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 especially as the seasons are changing. This year I had a lot of pain in my left (and only good) eye. It’s something that won’t heal easily and it has given me a lot of challenges in my working life, which includes giving art lessons and painting. So, my eyes are really having a hard time and what do I do with my spare energy? Stressing myself out that I need to do more…

too many things that I need to do

I need to finish a commission painting. I need to plan a series of cards. And, of course, still I need to do the last things on the online workshop. I need to see some friends. I need to make a portrait. And yes, it’s long ago that I made a self portrait too. I need to do an illustration for a project. I need to work out a proper social media plan. I need to clean up my computer and my photos. And so on. I need to choose a direction in my art, just to make this list of things shorter. That’s a good idea. I need to stop some things. Yeah, I need to figure out my own wheel again.

who knows about the list in my head?

And the worst of all, I need to justify myself for all the plans I have in mind. I feel like I am far behind in the race… but in what race and with whom? As if the world knows about the list of things I need to do. But, actually, I don’t need to at all… Nobody knows what’s in my head – until it comes out in the end.

insights of a day in the sauna

Breathe in, breathe out. What I need is rest. That’s what I’ve been thinking about yesterday, when I had a day at the wellness centre. I was sitting in the sauna, looked out over the water and saw the reflection of the sun. I saw little waves, little moves of the water and the sauna seemed to go up and down like a boat (it was placed above the river, on wooden poles). Some birds were swimming between the reeds and I felt like I didn’t need anything else for an entire day. O, and of course, having fun and good conversations with. my dear friend.

making a choice when you feel like you don’t have to choose anymore

For a moment I felt like I didn’t have to choose something at all. I don’t need to paint, I don’t need to eat something, I even don’t need to think about what I’m wearing. I am in the sauna! Yes, making choices is good. But it can also make you feel more distracted from your truth. If you are a thinker, like me, you’d better go with the flow and just start anywhere. If I sit and start to think about what I should do and what I won’t do I am just running circles in my mind and nothing will come out. Having small moments like these can help you get the magic back: you can only make choices when you feel like you don’t have to choose anymore.

with no plan in mind…

I will go where I will go easily and will – of course – find my difficulties and challenges on the road. But the more I’ll find, the deeper I go in this inner world. With no plan in mind I am… heading for the new things ahead! I trust that to everything there’s a right time.

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 painting. 
How do you decide to paint something over?

the process of staring at the painting and turning it around and around

The answer may be simply: when the painting tells you so. If not, you have to move on! And at that point, to me it’s often a long and tough challenge. Staring at my work, turning it around a couple of times… and then discovering that this one should be definitely horizontal! 
In the first layer of ‘Green view’ I worked with intense blue and green which would maybe be good for a small canvas, but for a piece of 100×70 cm it felt too bright. I like it more warm and more earthy. 
Another thing you’ll mention is the row of trees and the cloudy sky. It’s really becoming a landscape. 
But am I satisfied? No!

some criteria to decide whether your artwork is finished

Are there some criteria you can use to decide whether it’s finished? For me the intuition is the most important thing. If my feeling says: ‘no, it’s not exactly what I want’, I can question myself the following:

  • Is the composition well balanced? Are there too many things? Or does it need something more instead?
  • Has it something to do with the colors? Are they too pale? Too bright? Are the colors a good match together?
  • Has the painting more voices in it? So, maybe it’s telling a story or a landscape, but at the same time there are small details in it that doesn’t belong there.
  • Ask yourself: What kind of painting do I want to make? Landscape, abstract or maybe a figurative one with people in it?

 You maybe have to go back to the start and remind yourself of what you were first wanting to tell with this painting. Working on ‘Green View’ it was just that I wasn’t satisfied with everything I did. Colors were too screaming… then colors were too pale… the row of trees wasn’t placed well… One thing became clear: this has to be a landscape. It’s good to get back to yourself and ask: What do I mean with this? What do I exactly want? If you don’t know, that’s OK too!! Not knowing is great! It’s asking you to leave the painting for a while and work on it later. When it’s the right time, the painting will tell you what to do. Maybe that will be: paint me over. Or: just a bit more blue. 
In my case with ‘Green View’ I discovered that there need to be a diagonal line in it. Here, in phase 4 (or maybe more, but I think I didn’t cover all the stages with my iPhone…) I brought in that line and while I thought: these colors are far too pale, this is going into a right direction! Chapeau. 

time will tell!

But the best answer to the main question ‘is it done?’ will sometimes be: time. You just need to wait in order to know whether it’s good or not. In the moment, when you’re in the middle of it, you can simply get lost in the process. Only afterwards you can overview what you were in at that time and you can conclude: this was exactly how I felt it. Green View was put away for several times. While I was working on other things, it kind of had its parallel story. I found out a nice technique when I created the Angels postcard series. That was exactly the thing ‘Green View’ needed! I’ve just gone wild on that technique, to use it on such a large scale. The landscape became a field… a very wide view. A green view.

don’t stop me now

At this stage, I could finally feel joy in working on this piece. I can even say that I didn’t want to stop at all! The good thing of knowing that you’re almost there is that you can thing about one more painting in the same style. And while working on that next one, it’s becoming clear that this one is asking other skills and … time. O, it’s an endless circle. We are really never finished at all.

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 our home. The other part though, is much further away! Maybe I’m a bit tired thus exaggerating… It feels just EMPTY!

There is just one thing I want: take some rest. And after that well earned rest… I will paint again!

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 faces (I wouldn’t say that from myself at that moment…). Another thing is drawing a complete body and finding a pose that is not too static and stiff.

That was the face I wanted!

a beautiful face

In my latest painting Girl in the flax field I was struggling with the girl that was walking out of the field. I already had a background layer with a sky and grass. The first face I drew in the sky and I was so pleased with it. But, if I would add the body in the right proportions she would float above the grass and flax… I wanted her to come out of the field, pushing the flax away. I could do two things: either keeping the beautiful face and change the grass part and make more perspective or remove this face and start all over again.

How long can her legs be?

be my own model if there’s no model

I chose the last option, with pain in my heart. Sorry, dear girl… Another yellow layer for the sky… and then I was a bit afraid to do something. I needed a good strategy first. I’m not the one who puts in faces and removes them after over and over again. I needed a solid plan: what was her exact pose? A bit diagonal, but her head looking to the viewer. O my, and how should I do that neck and shoulders? The best idea came up when my partner and I had a short walk and I saw reed stems. I asked him to make a photo of me in different poses. At home, I would figure out which one was definitely the best.

OK it’s no flax but I can do the same as she does…

using a wooden mannequin

Back home I sketched several figures and I finally grabbed my wooden mannequin to define the final pose. I took pictures of the wooden doll and the painting, so I could measure how large the figure was going to be. I know, this sounds crazy, but it helped!

This is a very wooden pose anyway…

a new figure rises

Finally, I drew the figure on the canvas, with the contours of the mannequin. It’s strange, but it was good at once. Her face was even better than the first face. And her body became just like I wanted it to be. The process of coloring took me a while and unfortunately I have no pictures of every stage but I’ll show you the first details of the face here. The rest, you can see in the finished painting Girl in the flax field.

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 are the first to see them!

The hotel is beautifully styled with the furniture of the Fries’ brand Pilat and Pilat. Downstairs you can find the restaurant, the lounge room and the barroom. Upstairs are five amazing bedrooms. You can eat a formidable lunch (we had one!) and an amazing dinner, so if you’re ever in this area, take your chance! And of course, you can stay for a couple of nights, too. More information about De Waard you can find here. You can see the paintings here until the end of May, beginning of June, 2019. If you’re there, please take some time to write down something in my book!

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 match them together as a good collection representing me at this very moment? And then, of course, who am I at the moment? Well, I’m glad I made a lot of new work at the start of January, so I can take all those artworks with me. They’re bright, green, ochre, orange and all look very well together. I have the right color palette set and many older works do good with these new ones too.

And… I want a special new one, as Emmy, who arranges the exhibitions at De Waard asked me to join the ‘Flax route’ (Vlasroute) as well. From the moment the question rose, I had a bright idea of a woman coming out of the flax field, surrounded by the blue lilac flowers. She asked for two canvases in June, but if I could bring them coming Thursday it would be even better.

So I started working on one piece since last Monday, the girl in the flax. Today, I can tell you I’m sure I will finish this one. Earlier this week, I had some big struggles though. It’s never good for me to work with deadlines. Where I can flourish in a world without time, and if I’m having enough energy I WILL produce! But, still recovering from a heavy pain in my eye, I’m not able to work for more than 4 hours a day, spread out over the day with many moments of rest. And, there is some pressure, cause there are other things that need to be done, like taking pictures of the new paintings, making a price list, sending out newsletters and printing a flyer. But, all these things are so hard when the ‘figurehead’ of the exhibition is not finished yet! Everything depends on the girl in the flax now. And that’s a pretty stubborn one…

This week I read somewhere (I think it was Art Inc.) that the process of creating a painting is always going in a form of a U. Starting a work is easy, the middle part is the hardest. Many details are getting in and the painting is becoming to messy or full. There are more voices shouting in it… There are things that are not right. It’s in the continuous search for what is right and what doesn’t need to be in at all where you find the only right thing back. In my case, it meant painting a piece all over again, with pain in my heart. It was the only right thing to do. I killed a beautiful face and I am sorry for that.

And I started all over again, but now with the right proportions, with the right dress of the flax girl and another, beautiful face! By now I know I didn’t need to be scared at all. I could be confident about my skills and power to make something good – even better! – and I am proud! I am going up in my U. There’s no doubt I can finish this one and I can do all other things need to be done.

Now, back to the couch and shut my tired eye…

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 wonderful things to look at and I couldn’t. There was too much that I love in this world. Though it’s still a bit painful and sensitive it will be better with the new eye drops. I will not do too much the coming days, but just relax and share with you my brand new work. And keep on seeing beauty.

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, nothing really changed. My eye didn’t improve and have even got worse. So finally, we’ve went to the academical hospital of Amsterdam where the doctors told me this not just an infection. Since I’ve been suffering from glaucoma, a filter is placed in my eye to regulate the eye pressure. That filter seems to have a small leak. Pressure will be not too high, so there’s no danger for eye damage. But, the leak will cause low eye pressure, which will have effects on the (temporally) vision. And, of course, a leak must be fixed. This won’t go naturally. For now, they’ve given me antibiotics and an appointment for … already, today.

You might guess what kind of world I was in the last few days… A lot of uncertainties, cancelling most of my lessons (and don’t know for how long!), no screens, absolutely no Netflix (addiction alarm 1), almost no Instagram and Facebook (addiction 2!), and -that’s what I regret the most – no painting… (is that an addiction? I don’t care… I miss it!)  I still am so inspired and feel so much energy to work on some new pieces. I keep them all in mind and will turn to them again when possible. I hope that will be very soon. And also, writing this blog, goes with my last energy.

For now, I can only say: hope this all will turn out right and the doctor will bring me a good message! I keep you updated, maybe with a little help from others. I feel already now supported by lots of lovely people, thank you!

PS: If I don’t respond as quick as I am used to, please have some patience… As soon as possible I will answer all the messages, one by one.

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 expand. So, this is just the start of the list of things I intend to do in 2019, as this list is still growing:

making new cat cards

I’ve already created one series of Winter Cats a few years ago. This was a Gelli Print project and I had 3 series, one with Christmas Balls, one with Winter Flowers and one Winter Cats. I really liked to do this and I want to have more cat studies. Maybe there will be paintings out later, in the first place I want to study cats, make masks of my final drawings and print them… And, because I already have Winter cats I love to do it in a more Spring and Summer like way.

work lighter

There will be a new blog about this topic soon, as one client attended me on my paintings are mostly ‘dark’. That’s subjective, of course, but it started me thinking. For already a period I am trying to bring more light into my work – ha my name is Luz, isn’t it? Using more white and other bright colors is really a challenge because I always cling to the deeper colors. This is going to be a process where I work on the next year.

portraits

Last year I gave myself a portrait challenge: to draw every cousin of my family from my mother’s side. I’ve done some of them, but stopped because it was taking me so much time (working 2 or 3 full days on one piece) and I simply have too many cousins (around 20). This year I don’t want to put myself in 100-day challenges and things like that, because that gives me too much pressure. But, I feel the energy to work on some portraits again, whether they are from cousins, old masters like Rembrandt and Van Gogh, or selfie portraits.

blue

Currently I stepped in a new color phase: blueish and greenish and I think I stay there for a while in the start of the year. Spring will always tell me what colors there will be later in the year.

flowers, florals and plants

When I see bouquets of flowers or pictures on Instagram with flowers, plants and botanicals I feel the need to draw them. Especially when there are beautiful color combinations in it. I’m not sure what I’ll be working with yet, as I am not really a watercolor person, I think it will be gouache, or acrylics combined with acrylic inks.

gelli printing and pattern making

Over the last months I discovered I could use a lot of pattern work and gelli prints into my artworks. I used them for my last angel cards and now use pattern papers and ‘failed’ gelli prints into my paintings as well. It’s really fun to do, combining them with the background of a painting, fitting them in properly and adding more paint… It’s an amazing process that I’d love to continue.

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 the inspiration you’re looking for. I don’t want to be overwhelmed and prefer a few good contacts rather than a lot people who are not serieus interested in what I do and who I am.

TELLING STORIES

I’ve always loved writing and I’ve only just begun! This blogs are important for me to guide myself through this sometimes crazy and chaotic world, just like art does. But I want to share it with you so you can have inspiration or ideas too! I’d love to write more about paintings, the process of making art, the challenge with having a low vision, and lots of other things. Though I have enough ideas, please ask me what you want to know! Then I dedicate a blog post to that item.

DOING ONLINE ART WORKSHOPS

As I’ve told you, we’re busy with creating our first online workshop ‘Landscapes in Lines’ which will be launched soon. Already now I’m full of ideas for a few brand new workshops. And yes, also here I ask you again: What do you want to learn? I will keep everything in mind by creating the next art lessons.

TRAVELING TO CREATE

We’ve started thinking about online classes because I wanted to meet more people in other countries. My love and I had a wonderful van trip one year ago and we want that again! We want to be inspired by new landscapes, new people, new food and all other new. We’re not sure yet where to go, but sure is that we go! And I’m even thinking about giving workshops at other places, I’d love to do that, if you have ideas, you’re welcome to share them with me!

PAINTING

And, last but not least: PAINTING so much. more… All I do doesn’t feel like work really, but painting is my meditation and relaxation. I need it to be close to myself and feel what’s all in me. I will write another blog about what’s happening when I paint and how I can cope with life and everything what that’s about. But for now, this is my list! Hope you will share what your plans for 2019 are!

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 especially as the seasons are changing. This year I had a lot of pain in my left (and only good) eye. It’s something that won’t heal easily and it has given me a lot of challenges in my working life, which includes giving art lessons and painting. So, my eyes are really having a hard time and what do I do with my spare energy? Stressing myself out that I need to do more…

too many things that I need to do

I need to finish a commission painting. I need to plan a series of cards. And, of course, still I need to do the last things on the online workshop. I need to see some friends. I need to make a portrait. And yes, it’s long ago that I made a self portrait too. I need to do an illustration for a project. I need to work out a proper social media plan. I need to clean up my computer and my photos. And so on. I need to choose a direction in my art, just to make this list of things shorter. That’s a good idea. I need to stop some things. Yeah, I need to figure out my own wheel again.

who knows about the list in my head?

And the worst of all, I need to justify myself for all the plans I have in mind. I feel like I am far behind in the race… but in what race and with whom? As if the world knows about the list of things I need to do. But, actually, I don’t need to at all… Nobody knows what’s in my head – until it comes out in the end.

insights of a day in the sauna

Breathe in, breathe out. What I need is rest. That’s what I’ve been thinking about yesterday, when I had a day at the wellness centre. I was sitting in the sauna, looked out over the water and saw the reflection of the sun. I saw little waves, little moves of the water and the sauna seemed to go up and down like a boat (it was placed above the river, on wooden poles). Some birds were swimming between the reeds and I felt like I didn’t need anything else for an entire day. O, and of course, having fun and good conversations with. my dear friend.

making a choice when you feel like you don’t have to choose anymore

For a moment I felt like I didn’t have to choose something at all. I don’t need to paint, I don’t need to eat something, I even don’t need to think about what I’m wearing. I am in the sauna! Yes, making choices is good. But it can also make you feel more distracted from your truth. If you are a thinker, like me, you’d better go with the flow and just start anywhere. If I sit and start to think about what I should do and what I won’t do I am just running circles in my mind and nothing will come out. Having small moments like these can help you get the magic back: you can only make choices when you feel like you don’t have to choose anymore.

with no plan in mind…

I will go where I will go easily and will – of course – find my difficulties and challenges on the road. But the more I’ll find, the deeper I go in this inner world. With no plan in mind I am… heading for the new things ahead! I trust that to everything there’s a right time.

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 painting. 
How do you decide to paint something over?

the process of staring at the painting and turning it around and around

The answer may be simply: when the painting tells you so. If not, you have to move on! And at that point, to me it’s often a long and tough challenge. Staring at my work, turning it around a couple of times… and then discovering that this one should be definitely horizontal! 
In the first layer of ‘Green view’ I worked with intense blue and green which would maybe be good for a small canvas, but for a piece of 100×70 cm it felt too bright. I like it more warm and more earthy. 
Another thing you’ll mention is the row of trees and the cloudy sky. It’s really becoming a landscape. 
But am I satisfied? No!

some criteria to decide whether your artwork is finished

Are there some criteria you can use to decide whether it’s finished? For me the intuition is the most important thing. If my feeling says: ‘no, it’s not exactly what I want’, I can question myself the following:

  • Is the composition well balanced? Are there too many things? Or does it need something more instead?
  • Has it something to do with the colors? Are they too pale? Too bright? Are the colors a good match together?
  • Has the painting more voices in it? So, maybe it’s telling a story or a landscape, but at the same time there are small details in it that doesn’t belong there.
  • Ask yourself: What kind of painting do I want to make? Landscape, abstract or maybe a figurative one with people in it?

 You maybe have to go back to the start and remind yourself of what you were first wanting to tell with this painting. Working on ‘Green View’ it was just that I wasn’t satisfied with everything I did. Colors were too screaming… then colors were too pale… the row of trees wasn’t placed well… One thing became clear: this has to be a landscape. It’s good to get back to yourself and ask: What do I mean with this? What do I exactly want? If you don’t know, that’s OK too!! Not knowing is great! It’s asking you to leave the painting for a while and work on it later. When it’s the right time, the painting will tell you what to do. Maybe that will be: paint me over. Or: just a bit more blue. 
In my case with ‘Green View’ I discovered that there need to be a diagonal line in it. Here, in phase 4 (or maybe more, but I think I didn’t cover all the stages with my iPhone…) I brought in that line and while I thought: these colors are far too pale, this is going into a right direction! Chapeau. 

time will tell!

But the best answer to the main question ‘is it done?’ will sometimes be: time. You just need to wait in order to know whether it’s good or not. In the moment, when you’re in the middle of it, you can simply get lost in the process. Only afterwards you can overview what you were in at that time and you can conclude: this was exactly how I felt it. Green View was put away for several times. While I was working on other things, it kind of had its parallel story. I found out a nice technique when I created the Angels postcard series. That was exactly the thing ‘Green View’ needed! I’ve just gone wild on that technique, to use it on such a large scale. The landscape became a field… a very wide view. A green view.

don’t stop me now

At this stage, I could finally feel joy in working on this piece. I can even say that I didn’t want to stop at all! The good thing of knowing that you’re almost there is that you can thing about one more painting in the same style. And while working on that next one, it’s becoming clear that this one is asking other skills and … time. O, it’s an endless circle. We are really never finished at all.

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 our home. The other part though, is much further away! Maybe I’m a bit tired thus exaggerating… It feels just EMPTY!

There is just one thing I want: take some rest. And after that well earned rest… I will paint again!

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 faces (I wouldn’t say that from myself at that moment…). Another thing is drawing a complete body and finding a pose that is not too static and stiff.

That was the face I wanted!

a beautiful face

In my latest painting Girl in the flax field I was struggling with the girl that was walking out of the field. I already had a background layer with a sky and grass. The first face I drew in the sky and I was so pleased with it. But, if I would add the body in the right proportions she would float above the grass and flax… I wanted her to come out of the field, pushing the flax away. I could do two things: either keeping the beautiful face and change the grass part and make more perspective or remove this face and start all over again.

How long can her legs be?

be my own model if there’s no model

I chose the last option, with pain in my heart. Sorry, dear girl… Another yellow layer for the sky… and then I was a bit afraid to do something. I needed a good strategy first. I’m not the one who puts in faces and removes them after over and over again. I needed a solid plan: what was her exact pose? A bit diagonal, but her head looking to the viewer. O my, and how should I do that neck and shoulders? The best idea came up when my partner and I had a short walk and I saw reed stems. I asked him to make a photo of me in different poses. At home, I would figure out which one was definitely the best.

OK it’s no flax but I can do the same as she does…

using a wooden mannequin

Back home I sketched several figures and I finally grabbed my wooden mannequin to define the final pose. I took pictures of the wooden doll and the painting, so I could measure how large the figure was going to be. I know, this sounds crazy, but it helped!

This is a very wooden pose anyway…

a new figure rises

Finally, I drew the figure on the canvas, with the contours of the mannequin. It’s strange, but it was good at once. Her face was even better than the first face. And her body became just like I wanted it to be. The process of coloring took me a while and unfortunately I have no pictures of every stage but I’ll show you the first details of the face here. The rest, you can see in the finished painting Girl in the flax field.

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 are the first to see them!

The hotel is beautifully styled with the furniture of the Fries’ brand Pilat and Pilat. Downstairs you can find the restaurant, the lounge room and the barroom. Upstairs are five amazing bedrooms. You can eat a formidable lunch (we had one!) and an amazing dinner, so if you’re ever in this area, take your chance! And of course, you can stay for a couple of nights, too. More information about De Waard you can find here. You can see the paintings here until the end of May, beginning of June, 2019. If you’re there, please take some time to write down something in my book!

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 match them together as a good collection representing me at this very moment? And then, of course, who am I at the moment? Well, I’m glad I made a lot of new work at the start of January, so I can take all those artworks with me. They’re bright, green, ochre, orange and all look very well together. I have the right color palette set and many older works do good with these new ones too.

And… I want a special new one, as Emmy, who arranges the exhibitions at De Waard asked me to join the ‘Flax route’ (Vlasroute) as well. From the moment the question rose, I had a bright idea of a woman coming out of the flax field, surrounded by the blue lilac flowers. She asked for two canvases in June, but if I could bring them coming Thursday it would be even better.

So I started working on one piece since last Monday, the girl in the flax. Today, I can tell you I’m sure I will finish this one. Earlier this week, I had some big struggles though. It’s never good for me to work with deadlines. Where I can flourish in a world without time, and if I’m having enough energy I WILL produce! But, still recovering from a heavy pain in my eye, I’m not able to work for more than 4 hours a day, spread out over the day with many moments of rest. And, there is some pressure, cause there are other things that need to be done, like taking pictures of the new paintings, making a price list, sending out newsletters and printing a flyer. But, all these things are so hard when the ‘figurehead’ of the exhibition is not finished yet! Everything depends on the girl in the flax now. And that’s a pretty stubborn one…

This week I read somewhere (I think it was Art Inc.) that the process of creating a painting is always going in a form of a U. Starting a work is easy, the middle part is the hardest. Many details are getting in and the painting is becoming to messy or full. There are more voices shouting in it… There are things that are not right. It’s in the continuous search for what is right and what doesn’t need to be in at all where you find the only right thing back. In my case, it meant painting a piece all over again, with pain in my heart. It was the only right thing to do. I killed a beautiful face and I am sorry for that.

And I started all over again, but now with the right proportions, with the right dress of the flax girl and another, beautiful face! By now I know I didn’t need to be scared at all. I could be confident about my skills and power to make something good – even better! – and I am proud! I am going up in my U. There’s no doubt I can finish this one and I can do all other things need to be done.

Now, back to the couch and shut my tired eye…

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 wonderful things to look at and I couldn’t. There was too much that I love in this world. Though it’s still a bit painful and sensitive it will be better with the new eye drops. I will not do too much the coming days, but just relax and share with you my brand new work. And keep on seeing beauty.

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, nothing really changed. My eye didn’t improve and have even got worse. So finally, we’ve went to the academical hospital of Amsterdam where the doctors told me this not just an infection. Since I’ve been suffering from glaucoma, a filter is placed in my eye to regulate the eye pressure. That filter seems to have a small leak. Pressure will be not too high, so there’s no danger for eye damage. But, the leak will cause low eye pressure, which will have effects on the (temporally) vision. And, of course, a leak must be fixed. This won’t go naturally. For now, they’ve given me antibiotics and an appointment for … already, today.

You might guess what kind of world I was in the last few days… A lot of uncertainties, cancelling most of my lessons (and don’t know for how long!), no screens, absolutely no Netflix (addiction alarm 1), almost no Instagram and Facebook (addiction 2!), and -that’s what I regret the most – no painting… (is that an addiction? I don’t care… I miss it!)  I still am so inspired and feel so much energy to work on some new pieces. I keep them all in mind and will turn to them again when possible. I hope that will be very soon. And also, writing this blog, goes with my last energy.

For now, I can only say: hope this all will turn out right and the doctor will bring me a good message! I keep you updated, maybe with a little help from others. I feel already now supported by lots of lovely people, thank you!

PS: If I don’t respond as quick as I am used to, please have some patience… As soon as possible I will answer all the messages, one by one.

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 expand. So, this is just the start of the list of things I intend to do in 2019, as this list is still growing:

making new cat cards

I’ve already created one series of Winter Cats a few years ago. This was a Gelli Print project and I had 3 series, one with Christmas Balls, one with Winter Flowers and one Winter Cats. I really liked to do this and I want to have more cat studies. Maybe there will be paintings out later, in the first place I want to study cats, make masks of my final drawings and print them… And, because I already have Winter cats I love to do it in a more Spring and Summer like way.

work lighter

There will be a new blog about this topic soon, as one client attended me on my paintings are mostly ‘dark’. That’s subjective, of course, but it started me thinking. For already a period I am trying to bring more light into my work – ha my name is Luz, isn’t it? Using more white and other bright colors is really a challenge because I always cling to the deeper colors. This is going to be a process where I work on the next year.

portraits

Last year I gave myself a portrait challenge: to draw every cousin of my family from my mother’s side. I’ve done some of them, but stopped because it was taking me so much time (working 2 or 3 full days on one piece) and I simply have too many cousins (around 20). This year I don’t want to put myself in 100-day challenges and things like that, because that gives me too much pressure. But, I feel the energy to work on some portraits again, whether they are from cousins, old masters like Rembrandt and Van Gogh, or selfie portraits.

blue

Currently I stepped in a new color phase: blueish and greenish and I think I stay there for a while in the start of the year. Spring will always tell me what colors there will be later in the year.

flowers, florals and plants

When I see bouquets of flowers or pictures on Instagram with flowers, plants and botanicals I feel the need to draw them. Especially when there are beautiful color combinations in it. I’m not sure what I’ll be working with yet, as I am not really a watercolor person, I think it will be gouache, or acrylics combined with acrylic inks.

gelli printing and pattern making

Over the last months I discovered I could use a lot of pattern work and gelli prints into my artworks. I used them for my last angel cards and now use pattern papers and ‘failed’ gelli prints into my paintings as well. It’s really fun to do, combining them with the background of a painting, fitting them in properly and adding more paint… It’s an amazing process that I’d love to continue.

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 the inspiration you’re looking for. I don’t want to be overwhelmed and prefer a few good contacts rather than a lot people who are not serieus interested in what I do and who I am.

TELLING STORIES

I’ve always loved writing and I’ve only just begun! This blogs are important for me to guide myself through this sometimes crazy and chaotic world, just like art does. But I want to share it with you so you can have inspiration or ideas too! I’d love to write more about paintings, the process of making art, the challenge with having a low vision, and lots of other things. Though I have enough ideas, please ask me what you want to know! Then I dedicate a blog post to that item.

DOING ONLINE ART WORKSHOPS

As I’ve told you, we’re busy with creating our first online workshop ‘Landscapes in Lines’ which will be launched soon. Already now I’m full of ideas for a few brand new workshops. And yes, also here I ask you again: What do you want to learn? I will keep everything in mind by creating the next art lessons.

TRAVELING TO CREATE

We’ve started thinking about online classes because I wanted to meet more people in other countries. My love and I had a wonderful van trip one year ago and we want that again! We want to be inspired by new landscapes, new people, new food and all other new. We’re not sure yet where to go, but sure is that we go! And I’m even thinking about giving workshops at other places, I’d love to do that, if you have ideas, you’re welcome to share them with me!

PAINTING

And, last but not least: PAINTING so much. more… All I do doesn’t feel like work really, but painting is my meditation and relaxation. I need it to be close to myself and feel what’s all in me. I will write another blog about what’s happening when I paint and how I can cope with life and everything what that’s about. But for now, this is my list! Hope you will share what your plans for 2019 are!

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