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zaterdag 22 augustus 2015

drawing challenge 174 - tiny

I usually do not make very small pieces. So tiny was quite a challenge. 
I cut a sheet of paper in pieces of pieces of 4 x 5 cm. (+/- 1.6 x 2 inch) 
on which I made collages with scraps of paper  (beach related...:)
Here they are:   the tiny "beach wrappers".

To see more tiny things please visit the site of Tammie here
Thanks for hosting Tammie.

zondag 16 augustus 2015

drawing challenge 173 - image

   left to right: - doubt and certainty - questions - answers -


   To see more image(s) (from pandoras box:), please visit Nadine's site here

woensdag 12 augustus 2015

to the beach

Those who have been following my blog for some time know  that I'm often
 inspired by things related to the sea and the sky. And of course the beach.

Just a grid of pieces of the last years. To the beach:)

zaterdag 1 augustus 2015

And the winner is...

Bleubeard and Elizabeth

(Can you email me your postal address to

Thank you all for joining!

zondag 26 juli 2015

post and postage / letters from the sea

"Letters from the sea", collage,décollage,  each 15 x 21 cm.

To see more post and postage, please look here at "art journal journey".

donderdag 23 juli 2015

buried treasures, hidden gems and a giveaway

buried treasures

Seth Apter from "the altered page" has made his yearly post
about buried treasures and hidden gems.
This year my "buried treasure" is about "the art of collaboration".
Originally posted on November 1, 2014

I was recently invited to participate in the Around the World blog Hop by Lisa Mc Garry,
an American artist and writer who has been living in Florence for the last ten years.

indigo cubes by Lisa Mc Gray


You can see Lisa's blog here:
And here  you'll find here beautiful indigo cubes.
Found on the web somewhere in 2013 and it was my first introduction to Lisa's blog.

As part of this blog hop, I was asked to answer some questions:

What am I working on?

Paintings, collages, décollages, drawings, mail art, correspondence art, sometimes small objects. Besides creating my own work, which can be see on this blog, I also like to collaborate with other artists. It´s about exchanging small works of art and often there is a kind of storyline. 
Sometimes I exchange "mail art" with artists via the mail art site iuoma.
And recently I've discovered "the drawing challenge" in which you're working out a theme and then post it on your blog. Sometimes I take part in online exhibitions like fallow and  the woven tale
In 2012 I´ve organized an online exhibition called  "Ode to Blue".
I still have a kind of follow-up in mind but I don't know how that will look,'
And I also think of a longer project about memories.

"The Balancing act" from the project "Alphabet City" send to chilean / spanish artist Bea Mahan.
We take turns in sending each other the next letter of the alphabet, mostly with a title.
It's still ongoing since April 2013 and we've arrived at he letter O.

"This journey of a thousand miles Begins with a single step" ( Lao Tzu), sent to american artist Nichole Rae. It's part of a "visual journey" since January 2013.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

The last ten years I've been working on fairly small sizes, usually square and I often prefer to use white and blue. My work is about freedom, the sea and the sky, stories in disguise and lost memories.

I love experimenting, taking side roads and elephant pads.

blue river

Why do I write/create what I do?

I love to create things. And if I can't, for one reason or another,  I get restless after a while. 

In a sense, it feels like a necessity, just like eating and breathing.   And also as a language in which I can express myself. 

tracks and traces II

How does your writing / creating process work?

Mostly I first start making a texture. That's often a mixture of collage, painted paper and décollage. Then I start to work on it .When  I lose focus I leave it for a while, till it has "landed".  My working process is a little bit  like a gardener who occasionally  cuts something. 

Sometimes things get ready in one session like the recent memory series with stamps and written pieces of text.
I mostly have something on my mind to work on, small or large projects. I don't always work them out, I often don't use them. If  there's anything I think is important I try it out. In addition, the motto in mind: better to regret something I've done than regret something I haven't done.

Next artists in this blog hop are:   

Nichole Rae, a mixed-media artist who has a passion for documenting her life through books arts, photography, writing and typography design. She resides in Minnesota, USA and is the author of the book Art Journal Art Journey: Collage and Storytelling for Honoring Your Creative Process (July 2014 from North Light Books).   
Since January 2013 I exchange pieces of art with Nichole in a visual journey.

Front page of Nichole's beautiful and adventurous site. You'll find it here

Bea Mahan, a  graphic artist, born in Chile and working and living in Spain. 
In her own words:  Cause and effect, order and disorder, movement and stillness, sound and silence. My works are nothing but a reflection of the contrasts that I've found on my path.

You can find here poetic work here

Bea Mahan, collage and charcoal on paper, 2012.

I was already invited to the bloghop .in June 2014 by Svenja Wahla german mailartist. 
Unfortunately I had no time then. Therefore I now like to refer to her blog.   
You can find her blog with her intriguing mail arhere and her answers for the bloghop  here

Svenja Wahl, mail art.

I also like to introduce you the work of Patti Roberts Pizzuto. Some of you may already know her work by her blog missouribendstudio.
She´s an artist living and working in southeastern South Dakota on the banks of the Missouri River, USA . Her work combines painting, drawing, embroidery and collage on handmade paper. 
Although she could not participate this time in the blog hop, it is worthwhile to look at her intimate and poetic work. You can find her site here and her blog here
Since 2013 we´re collaborating by exchanging small artworks.

Patti Roberts Pizzuto, book of lost time.


It's five years ago, on the 20th of July 2010, that  I started this blog.
I wanna thank you all for the nice comments, feedback and friendship
I've received.
So..., good reason for a giveaway!

Just leave a comment on this post and you can win this boat
(collage, mixed media on paper, +/- 10 x 20 cm)
I'll announce the winner on friday  the 31th of July.

maandag 13 juli 2015

orange and blue

This week's colors for The Summer of Color 
are 1 orange  + 1 orange + 1 blue.

It brought me back to some pieces I've made before.
You'll find the links to the original posts here 

To see much more on this theme please visit Kristin's site here

vrijdag 10 juli 2015

boats and canoes 4

This week's colors of The Summer of Color are
1 green + 1 green + 1 pink.

To see more please visit Kristin's site here

maandag 6 juli 2015

"Brecon Beacons"

"Acrylic paint, hot pressed 140lb 100% pure cotton watercolour paper. 12x17cms
Completely inspired by my walks along Pen-y-fan in the Brecon Beacons National Park  last year 
when it was blowing a gale and very misty... with a herd of black hereford cows blocking the way!"

I received this wonderful giveaway from Joanne from  "in other words..." Thank you Joanne!

zondag 5 juli 2015

scratched and cracked

collage, decollage, scratched, cracked, 20 x 30 cm

This week's colors of  The Summer of Color
are 1 red + 1 red + 1 metalic.

To see more please visit Kristin"s site here

"There's a crack in everything,
    that's how the light gets in"

              - Leonard Cohen -

dinsdag 16 juni 2015

boats and canoes - 3

More boats and canoes...

This week's colors of The Summer of Color
 are 1 pink + 1 pink + 1 orange.

To see more, please visit Kristin's site here

My inspiration for the boats and canoes series was this beautiful
photo below, made by M. (...) on her journey to Zambia.

zaterdag 13 juni 2015

drawing challenge 171: ...from the ocean

  "From the ocean, from the sea"

This week's drawing challenge is "something from the ocean".
It brought me back to these pieces, inspired by the sea, the ocean.

To see more " from the ocean", please visit the site of Veronica here

There was also a beautiful exhibition  "De Zee", A Salut d'Honneur to Jan Hoet,
the Belgian founder of SMAK ( The Municipal Musem for Contemporary Art)
in Ghent, Belgium. He passed away in 2014.

You can find images of the exhibition here and here

cover of the catalogue

dinsdag 9 juni 2015

boats and canoes - 2

Sometimes ago I've created some boats and canoes 
Suddenly they were there. They crossed my path.
On their way from here to there.
And later I've made more.

Now they're waiting for a boat trip.
These are for The Summer of Color.
This week's colors are 1 blue + 1 blue + 1 green.
To see more, please visit Kristin's site here.

zaterdag 6 juni 2015

drawing challenge 170: move

"As the crow flies": 
 In a straight line distance between two locations,  as 
 opposed to the the road distance or over land distance. 

"Move" is this week's theme for the drawing challenge.
Above images of a flying bird from Eadweard Muybridge,
an English photographer important for his pioneering work
in photographic studies of motion.

To see more "moves", please visit the site of Katrin,
who's the host this week.

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