donderdag 10 mei 2018

A sad and life-changing reason why I wasn't posting on my blog lately #sketching "sketchbook #watercolour #pencil #drawing

The last six months were all in sign of care taking of my Mom, after a fall she couldn't live on her own anymore , for her ,a very strong and idependent woman , career woman 'avant la lettre',  this was very hard to accept , we , my sister and I, visited her every day for the last six months to make her life as comfortable as possible but unfortunately we had to say goodbye to her after she passed away in March and it couldn't be more characteristic her funeral was on 'International  Women's Day' . The grief is hard , the emptiness huge ,and step by step I try to crawl gently out of the dark hole and get back to my daily routine of making art . Here some of my sketches I made in my small sketchbook.

I hope you have something to keep you going and remember life is short so enjoy every minute of it !

donderdag 4 januari 2018

Pen and Ink small sketchbook. #sketchbook #artjournal #dailysketch #watercolour

I received again a box filled with little treasures from my best friend Ester and one of them is this small 'Pen & Ink' sketchbook (5-1/2"x3-1/2" - 14x9 cm) . The paper is thin ,acid free and actually not suited for watercolour but I just love to use watercolour on this kind of paper as it gives a lovely crispy sound to the paper when you turn the page , real sketchbook users know what I mean by this , yeah it can be a bit weird our artist mind but nothing wrong with that if you asks me . I couldn't wait till my other sketchbook was finished so I just jumped in wright away .

I hope you had as much fun as I with the presents you received for Christmas.

donderdag 28 december 2017

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

As every year I've made my own Christmascard. This time I looked in the amount of old family letters for a letter related to this time of the year , I decided to make a collage and drawing.

I hope you all can enjoy a peaceful and joyfull time with friends and family.

zaterdag 16 december 2017

Food drawing and sketching .#sketch #sketchbook #daily art #food #fountainpen #watercolour

I used my larger Hahnemuehle water color sketchbook (30x22 cm /11x8 inch) to make a few sketches around the subject "food" , I love to do this when I have a few moments left between other tasks or when I am not in the mood to paint .I used my Lamy Pen with sepia waterproof inkt and watercolour.

I hope you all do some fun stuff in moments you don't want to be to serious .

maandag 4 december 2017

Do you think there will still be enough snow for our childeren? #oilpainting

A new 'Tiny Adventure' (small) painting about global warming / climate change.
Every year we have to see how the snow borders are changing.
"Do you think there will still be enough snow for our childeren?
Oil on canvas 18 cm x 13 cm ( 5x7 inch)
I love to make these smaller paintings but I have to admit it is certainly not easier than the larger ones but it gives me the opportunity to approach painting in a different way .
I hope you all have a beautiful day !
#oilpainting #winter #ski #wintersport #softcolours #climatechange #globalwarmingup #artwork #painting #people #snow

donderdag 9 november 2017

"Do you like unexpected visitors ?" #oilpainting #tiny #softcolors #people #cars

I think we Belgian people are not the most easy /flexible when it comes to meet each other , it is certainly not the habbit here to just jump in without previous notice in contrast with more southern countries like f.ex. Greece where it is normal just to jump in whenever you want and you're always welcome , not that you would not be welcome here but we just aren't used to it I suppose. How about you ?
"Do you like unexpected visitors?" oil on canvas 13x18 cm ( 5,12 x 5,91 inch)

and here a little detail
'My pingouin' is my unexpected visitor who likes to show up once in a while in my paintings it started years ago he suddenly 'showed up' ....

I would love to hear how you think about unexpected visitors and I wish you all a wonderfull day and ...who knows...

donderdag 26 oktober 2017

The start of my 'Tiny Adventures' - small paintings .

As I am short in time these days due to real life issues as care taking for my dear Mom, I was looking for a new way and challenge to continue making art on a regular basis . I was charmed by the idea I learned to know  due to the lovely Michael Nobbs who is an artist, podcaster and teadrinker , how to live your life on a gentle and creative pace and to pay attention to  "Tiny Adventures'. You can find out all about it here:
As those who knows me and my work well ,you will notice that I continue to bring through out my paintings small and big issues and questions into our everyday life and I love to do this in a rather 'playful' way.
Like my  lovely friend Kathleen Brown put it so nicely : quote:" I love how your paintings have not only humour, but also a poignant exquisite sadness about them." unquote. This been said she hit the nail on the head.
Well, my personal 'Tiny Adventures' starts here by making small paintings ,which is a challenge as I am used to make large size  paintings for more than 20 years already , but I am all in for it .

"Do you like ice cream? "  diptych 2 x 13x18 cm (5,12 x 7,08 inch) oil on canvas