Friday, December 30, 2011

Thank you...

for all your wonderful reactions and comments,
for letting me have a peek into your worlds and thoughts,
for your tales and art and creative stimulans
you made me laugh and smile, made me quiet and reflect,
 and happy, thanks.

Whether you are in a relaxed or party mood (i am this year ;))
i wish you all a lazy or crazy but happy and safe wonderful weekend,

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011


It snowed today, only a few showers.
Snow that melted again immediatly.
The whiteness felt nice.

mental clarity
white flag
 white raven
white to chase away evil spirits
snow white
ice cream

A wave of whiteness passed by...... :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Drawing challenge/ Hat

Beautiful Greta has chosen this weeks theme, and it's a great one,
but with too little time i  only can show you my sketch now,
i will put it in colour one of the following days.

Below, two watercolors i made years ago, illustrations for a 
children's book about a milliner who made a hat on which the moon
said a magic spell.

Have a great weekend!! xx

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Yesterday in my studio

First sketch in colour


Monday, December 12, 2011

More winterhouse

On the left, in my studio waiting to get framed Julia's painting 'the blue girl',
 a beautiful gift i do enjoy and love.
Tomorrow i will have time to paint all day, looking forward to it :))

Sunday, December 11, 2011


It's cold outside and dark 
tonight i can not even see the moon
not a star
no dog
  no bird
 or mouse
not a sound
i dip my fingers in the water barrel
the water is not frozen yet

i step inside 
i like the contrast.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Drawing challenge / Rush

'Time flies,
 is there something wrong with the hands of that clock,
would i still have to rush when a day counted more than 24 hours
is it the world i live in, 
a world that dictates that time is money,
have we been put in a treadmill without even noticing it
what's wrong with them?
what's wrong with me?
 is there sometthing wrong with me?
where is the way out?
i don't want to RUSH!!!!'

Wishing you all a relaxed and stress- free weekend, please take your time and have a look at more 'rush';
our Queen of the castle at the Eisenbach,  Ariane,  is our lovely host this week. xxx

Friday, December 9, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011


In between working, painting and other stuff, i carried down the boxes
Boxes that are stored in the small storage room upstairs.
The 'christmas boxes' filled with stars and tinsel ,decorations made over the years,
collected old baubles, reminders of many winters passed by.

December memories of other houses and places,
 creative ones, lazier ones, crazy and more silent ones,
happy ones, it is all there, preseved in those boxes.
There is also a kind of hope in them, a longing for warm, sparkling evenings
to get us through this cold and darkest time of year.

And even more hope, utopia perhaps,
 for world peace and food and shelter and christmas lights
for every living soul.
However, each time again, opening the boxes is bringing some magic into the house,
and i love some magic.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


In the good, old tradition,(and this is one i like) today the 6th of december,
 many children woke up this morning to find
toys and candy brought by sinterklaas.
I might have  one or two today (my
mother keeps the tradition intact to surprise us with these
chocolate figures)

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

drawing challenge / vacation

Far away
Vast beaches, palm trees swaying in a salty breeze,
long walks, listening to the sound of the sea, becoming part of that sea,
reading books, reading a few paragraphs and letting them
penetrate the mind even deeper watching out across the water,
total rest.
This is a vacation image i use sometimes when i can't get to sleep.
It usually works :)

Laying in a field of poppies in a summer garden
may just have that effect.

The beautiful and cute Greta made us go on vacation,
take a look at where we all headed.

Happy weekend! x