Saturday, 18 October 2014

Almost there ....

Look where I spent the last 4 days ...

Isn't that the most beautiful place to say goodbye to a great country? It was so great taking a few days off and leave all the packing and stressing behind. I am going to miss Australia so much. My heart really is torn between the love for this country and its people, and the need to be closer to family and lifelong friends. Next week will only consist of saying goodbye and not knowing whether we'll ever see these people or places again. My stomach is in a constant knot, and tears are often not far behind. So happy to have had the chance to live here for more than three years, so sad to go. And at the same time knowing that it can only be like this, that we don't want to stay that far away from family and friends any longer. But it's not always easy to do the thing that you know in your heart is the right thing to do....

Anyway, because of this little holiday, I fell behind with the Inktober challenge, and I know I won't be able to keep up anymore. I will still be drawing, but probably won't find the time to scan and post.

Here's what I was able to finish this week:


I know I'll definitely do this challenge again next year. I love making ink-drawings. And I'll keep on making them. Not sure whether I'll be able to post though. On Thursday the container will come to pick up all of our stuff. On Sunday we fly to Melbourne, where we stay for 2 days, before flying to Brussels. It all depends on how everything goes and whether we have internet-connection wherever we are.

But I'll try to visit all of you in the meantime :-)

I'm linking this to Paint Party Friday, a bit later than I usually do, but I was on a beautiful island without internet-connection, so that's a good excuse I guess ... ;-)

Thanks so much for being here and for all your support! I hope your weekend is going great. Take care, and I'll be back! ♥ ♥ ♥

Oh yes, almost forgot my funny for the week ...

I feel like this a bit too often lately ;-)

Friday, 10 October 2014


I'm up to my ears in packing boxes and papers and things to sort out, but at night, because of the Inktober challenge, I "force" myself to draw, and I feel that's good for me. Otherwise I probably wouldn't take the time. Although I'm not sure how much longer I can keep this up ....

Here's day 4:
 Day 6:
 Day 7:
 Day 8:
 Day 9:
 And lastly day 10!

Phew, now that I see them all together for this week, I realize I got quite a lot done, even though I sometimes only took about 10 minutes. Shows how fast you can build up a collection.

This weekend we will be at the Queensland gymnastics championships, where our daughter is competing. Lots of time to fill up there, since there's always long waiting-periods in between routines. So I'll certainly take my sketchbook and might work ahead for Inktober. Because I can assure you: things are getting pretty hectic around here and I've reached screaming point a few times already ;-)

Last week I forgot to add my funny picture for the week. So here's an extra funny one for this week:

Hahaha, love this one :-D

That's it for now. Linking to Paint Party Friday again, hop on over there to have a look at all the art and maybe participate yourself :-)
Thanks so much for visiting! Hope your day is beautiful, and that you'll enjoy your weekend! See you next week ♥ ♥ ♥

Friday, 3 October 2014

art in between other things ...

Last weekend I decided to use up some almost empty paint tubes, as well as some fabric paints that I had made into washes and couldn't take with me. That was fun! Also used up some spray paints on new rocks that I collected.

Here's some of the fabric:

It's only background for now, when I'm back in Belgium I will add some stencilling and stamping and marks.

Here's a canvas that I used my leftover paint on. I had only a few colours, and I kinda like the effect of this limited colour palette:

Wondering which way I'll be  going with this one :-) (can't wait to paint again ....)

Also finished two more rocks:

big size difference ...

And these will definitely be the last ones, since I've started packing my paints (boohoo!)

So from now on I'll only be using pencils and markers and maybe watercolours. So I decided I could just as well join the Inktober challenge. Never heard of this before, but Cindy mentioned it on her blog last week (thnx Cindy!), and it seemed like the perfect challenge for me to keep making art amidst the packing. The challenge is to make one ink drawing a day for the entire month. Not sure how long I'll be able to keep going, I'll still only post once a week (although I might post more often on my Facebookpage), and the week of the move I probably won't find the time at all, but still, I want to try.

Here's day one:

and day 2:

and day 3:

Well, that's it for now! Thanks so much for your visit and your comments, it's greatly appreciated :-)
Linking this as always to  Paint Party Friday, the weekly party with lots of eye-candy.

Take care of yourself, have a happy day and I wish you a wonderful loving and fun weekend! See you next week ♥ ♥ ♥

Friday, 26 September 2014

Closing my Etsyshop

Another week has flown by. With again not much time for art. I try to do little snippets in between, so I have a lot of half-finished projects. Managed to finish another doodle:

It has cost me a bit of night work, but I also managed to finish the wooden heart box for my daughter’s birthday. She thought I had forgotten all about it, so she was really pleased and surprised with it :-) 

Here are some more drawings for my year diary:

And now it’s almost October! Can’t believe it….. Since we are flying out on the 26th of October, the whole month will pretty much be full with packing and doing last minute stuff. So I decided to close my Etsyshop on the 1st of October. And for those last few days I have a 10% discount on everything in my shop, as long as you buy for a minimum amount of $10. So if you want to stock up on Christmas- and New Years’ cards, or some small presents (prints, mini-paintings, poetrybook) for the holidays, you better do it now, since my shop will only open up again somewhere in January. And to be honest, I’m not even sure I’ll open it again. I’m not so happy with Etsy and I will be looking into some other venues to sell my art. But that’ll be something to sort out later.

If you want to take advantage of the discount, you need to use the following couponcode: MOVE2014 (all capitals, no blank spaces). If you're not sure how to use couponcodes, you can find more information here.

Here are some examples of cards in my shop:

And some pages of my poetrybook:


And for those of you who live in the area (Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia): it’s only a few more days that my work is on show in the gallery in Redcliffe. On Tuesday I’ll be working my last day there, and will take everything that’s left home with me, to pack it all up and ready for the container. It’ll be the end of the year before I see my stuff again (hopefully!!).

Here’s this weeks’ funny ;-)

Well, that’s it for this week! Linking this as always to Paint Party Friday, the weekly blogparty! Do take a look there if you don’t know it already, there are some real treasures to see.

Thanks so much for being here, and thanks for leaving your uplifting comments :-)
I hope your day has been going well, and that your weekend will bring peace and rest (or excitement for those of you who want that). I’ll be back next week! ♥ ♥ ♥

Friday, 19 September 2014

Calendar 2015 and other bits and pieces

I seem to be unable to paint lately. I hardly get a drawing done. And I could do it if I wanted to. I mean, I cannot keep making phonecalls and keep packing, isn't it? I need a rest of that once in a while. But I have found that when there's unrest in my head or in my house, I can't paint. The only thing I feel like doing when I'm giving myself some time off is relax in the couch and start reading....

So it's a good thing that my daughter and I still have the habit to sit together on her bed every evening before she goes to sleep, because that's when I manage to get these little drawings done.

I'm still planning on making a year planner for 2015, but I figured I don't need to finish it before I move to Belgium. When I'm there, it's still 2 months before the year's over. So in between I'm making these little drawings that I want to use somewhere in the planner. I enjoy making them :-)

Meanwhile, my calendar is finished and available for sale! I received my calendar less than a week after I ordered it, and I've looked it over to see whether there are no mistakes, and luckely there aren't so I put it up for sale!

This is the cover, and I'll show you every page that's in there. Although you can also see a preview on Lulu, but it's just more fun to show it here too ;-)

And here a view of what it looks like inside:

Do you remember my small poetrybooks?

I put some for sale in my Etsyshop this week. There are only 4 left, so if you want to grab one don't wait too long :-)

Oh yes, there's one thing I'm painting right now: a wooden box for my daughter, who will be 12 next Thursday!

A few years ago, I found these wooden heart-shaped boxes in a store and bought about 4 of them (I know, I should've bought many more, can't find them anymore now). And every time I finished one for a market, my daughter saw it and made me promise she could have it if it didn't sell. And every time this box was one of the first ones to sell ...

So now I only had one left, and yesterday I suddenly remembered, so now I have to hurry to get it ready in time. Which will be hard because today is the last day of school for the kids (at least here in Australia) so after today I have to work on it when she can't see it ...

Okay, that's it for now. Thanks so much for visiting!  I'm linking this as always to Paint Party Friday. Looking forward to seeing all the incredible work shared over there :-)

Oh yes, here's my funny for this week :-)


Hope you're having a fantastic day, and something fun to look forward to in the weekend! See you next week! ♥ ♥ ♥