Thursday, 7 May 2020

a strange spring

Hey, hope you're doing well and keeping healthy! I decided to do a quick blogpost just to connect for a bit and share some journalpages from the past weeks.

Spring has started well and truly these past few weeks and I love it. It lifts my mood, being able to sit outside in the sun and soak up the sunshine. Even though the world is still a strange and scary place. But it's improving and slowly things are going back to, not to normal, but to a little less weird. Hope all is well in your part of the world too!

Here are some journalpages from the last week. Lately I've been switching a lot between my journals, trying out different things and trying to find a way to journal every day.

This is another spread in my collage journal:

- lyrics from Sia -

I bought a pack of really thin paint markers in lots of different colours, and I wanted to use them a bit more extensively, so that's how the next journalpage was born ;-)

- lyrics from Sasha Sloan -

And then I read a beautiful poem by Victoria Erickson and had to make a journal page to go with it:

And finally I wanted to use my paint markers again, so the next journal page was born:

- lyrics from Beth Crowley - 

Now I feel like diving into collage again. My mood changes all the time lately, I can't keep to one thing. But it's okay I guess, as long as I'm creating.

To finish, I'll just share a bunch of funnies and thinkies, because, let's face it, everyone needs a laugh (and a think!) in these hard and crazy times :-) Here goes:

Thanks for visiting! Keep safe please ♥ ♥ ♥

Thursday, 2 April 2020

A different world

How I wish my first blogpost of 2020 could've been in happier circumstances. But right now I feel the need to reconnect with my blog-friends and find out how you are all doing. I hope well and healthy!

We have been in lockdown since almost 3 weeks. It's a lockdown light, we're still allowed to do necessary stuff like grocery shopping, if we take precautions of course, like keeping our distance and not going out when feeling sick. I'm working from home now, as is my hubby. Kids are home from school too, getting a lot of assignments and online classes.

The last months I've been working a lot in my new colored pencils journal. I started it out with peepholes because I thought it would be fun to be able to look through to the other page. Here's the first page I did:

Here you can see where the holes are. I messed up her hair so I cut another hole through her forehead.

However, when starting on the second page, I found it a little annoying that I had to work around the peepholes. I wasn't too happy with what was coming through either:

But, well, I had to finish the third spread with the peepholes too. Although I must admit I like that horizontal line I had there. I wouldn't have thought of doing that without the hole being there.

And then I had enough. I wanted the freedom to put on the page whatever I wanted without having to work around something. The next page I had to start with collage because I had put varnish on the page and the ballpoint from the hair went through to the other side.

I was really getting into colored pencils again. It's a long time ago I used them and it's fun to have a journal dedicated to colored pencil drawings.

And I love searching for lyrics or texts that fit the images :-) It's kind like a poetry book for me. If I ever get it finished of course...

And then, whoops, I was getting bored again. I have these periods that I'm really into something, like in this case colored pencils, and other times markers, or intuitive painting or sketches, or, .... I don't worry about it, because I know there will be other times when I really get into it.

So then I did nothing for a while. When this whole Corona-thing swept over Europe I felt paralyzed. I couldn't stop watching the news, reading those horrific stories about people dying alone, not being able to say goodbye, all the heartbreaking details, the health care workers that were dying too, and it just didn't stop. I wanted to find solace in art, but I couldn't. Until one night I decided I had to stop watching the news, or at least spend less time glued to the screen. I revisited my "Creatures"-workshop with Roxanne Siciliano ("by Bun") and started glueing images in my journal. And it helped. I had found a quote on Facebook that hit me right in the gut, and I knew I wanted to use it in my journal. Here's the resulting spread:

I don't know what I'll do next, maybe I feel like starting a new painting. On the other hand, I might just continue glueing images. I'm too restless to paint. Whatever I do, I know I must protect myself from becoming obsessed with what's happening in the world. Art helps. It always does. I just need to find the courage to start. Or to continue in this case.

Anyway, enough about me. I'm looking forward to go visit my favorite blogs. And link to Paint Party Friday again.

Because this is such a weird time, and because humour helps to deal with things, here's a whole bunch of funnies, mixed up with more serious memes. Hope you enjoy!

I just want to end with a beautiful song I first heard this week and that really touched me. It has nothing to do with Corona, in fact it's from a Belgian TV-program where a group of artists spend some time together and make their own version of each other's songs. I so love this song, hope you enjoy it too!

Well, that's it for now. 
Please stay safe, wherever in the world you are. 
Virtual hugs ♥ ♥ ♥

Friday, 20 December 2019


Thanks so much to all who purchased one of my 2020 calendars! I was curious which one would sell more: the intuitive painting calendar or the doodle calendar. As it turns out they were both equally popular. I sold one more of the intuitive painting calendar.

Of course that can still change. The calendars are still for sale and will be for many months. The links are in the sidebar if you're interested.

I haven't been doing much in the way of painting or drawing. Work was hectic these last few months, but today my holiday starts and I plan on playing a bit more in my new journal. I really didn't need a new one, I have so many already and not one of them finished, but I just love starting a new art journal. They all have their specific purpose. This one is, for now, dedicated to coloured pencil and drawing. Of course, that can change ;-)

And now for the giveaway!

The first name I drew is .....

Gloria Zucaro!

Congratulations Gloria! You get the first choice!

The second name I drew is ....

Sherie Weiser Eddy!

Congratulations Sherie! You get the second choice. I will let you know which painting Gloria chooses.

And then, just for the fun of it, and because, after all, it's Christmas, and you guys make me so happy to want to have a piece of my art in your house, I drew a third name :-)

And that is ...

Shelagh Meston! 

Congratulations Shelagh! You'll get to choose after Gloria and Sherie have chosen their painting.

And this is, I think, a wonderful way to say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one.

I wish all of you a loving, warm and cosy Christmas / festive season, and a glorious 2020!
May at least a few of your wishes come true!

See you next year!
Hugs & warm wishes 
♥ ♥ ♥

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

almost time for the giveaway!

Hey there, just a quick reminder that whoever purchased one of my calendars and wants to be in the draw to win one of the original paintings used for the calendars: please let me know by sending a picture of the calendars or some other proof that you purchased it, at infoatdenthedotcom.

Just 4 more days till the giveaway, so hurry!

And good luck to those who are in the draw :-)