woensdag 14 februari 2018

sending love ...

When you leave out
what the commerce likes to do with Valentine Day ...
it's just fun
to send a bit of love
into the world !

This is only a quarter (!)
of a new small painting,
gouache on paper
(9 x 14 cm)

A small token of love
to someone special ?

Happy Valentine

vrijdag 2 februari 2018

second month, second day ...

Oh yes, January is already gone !

I'm still just in the mood for painting.
Slowly, day by day
new small paintings grow
to their final state.

It's still winter,
thought not really cold with ice or snow
(just WET)
But in the garden the first signs
that spring isn't thát far away,
are already visible :
snowdrops, aconites and very small crocuses !

Why not join all the happy green in the garden ...
So I started with a very "springy" background
for another painting

THIS will take a while
but here on my painting it smells like spring !

growing from "scratch"

"Dandelion - meeting"
(22 x 12 cm  ,  8.65 x 4.70")

And yes, there are more little paintings,
so another bit ...

vrijdag 26 januari 2018

sleeping ...

The little paintings I'm making right now
are all little fantasies.
Stories one can make up
by just looking at the painting ...

After the owls
came a sheep, a ram 



maandag 22 januari 2018

"night friends"

Here's the finished little painting
(only 9 x 14 cm ,   3.5 x 5.5")
The new fine brushes I bought lately
are just fine for this
(I had some older ones with hairs sticking out : grrrrrrrrr)

Because it is such fun
I started on the next one immediately.

(in progress)

donderdag 18 januari 2018

18 - 1 - 18

The year has quietly started ...
and I continued with what I was doing
at the end of December :
After the "Snowman" and the "Star catcher"
I was in the mood again !
Other crafts have been quiet for a while,
that's how things work best for me.

I have a whole page with little sketches
with ideas that I might make
into a bigger little painting
with gouache paint (poster paint)
Normally I work with acrylic paint, "oils" is not me ...
The little grandson is very happy that I'm using that now,
instead of acrylic paint !
(that HARD to get from his clothes,
should he make a mess ...
so now he's happy to work next to me !)

After making the layered background
I start with the drawing in chalk pencil
(which is in fact for sewing, but it works great)

Working the light colours is a bit tricky
(because the layers underneath easily dissolve again)

The rest is for tomorrow ...

Red, yellow and blue ...
and learning how to mix the other colours !



We had a mighty storm today here in Holland :
roofsblown off, trees fell and trucks blown over,
all train traffic stopped
and some roads were closed.

In the afternoon is quieted down, thank heavens !

A true winter storm !

zaterdag 30 december 2017

nearly there ...

Ohhhh ...
how fast time went when you look back !

Another year went by

with highs and lows
with dear things to remember
and things best forgotten

I hope, you all out there in Blog-land,
that you catch one, or even a few,
wishing stars
so that some of your dearest wishes come true
in the year to come ...

And my wish for you is a

and innovative



donderdag 21 december 2017

LIGHT on the shortest day !

December, the year,
is rolling slowly to its end.
Things have quieted down
after the rush of felting and preparing
for the (not very successful) market.

All the stand holders managed to get there ...
then the snow really started :
so hardly any visitors !
More than 5 cm snow
and Holland comes to a standstill !
(towards the end of the afternoon
it started raining, so we came home safely !)

It's been a long time since I did some drawing,
so for this Solstice day
I took out my Inktense pencils
and some special pens,
and made a Solstice / Light / Feast drawing
(instead of a stitched piece)

A very
Solstice, Light Feast, Jul, Chanukah, Christmas
to ALL my friends in Blog-land
all over the world :
may you spend many joyful hours together with your loved ones !

And to remember that failed market-Sunday
almost two weeks ago, some pictures ...