Thursday, 12 July 2018

Lazy summer days ....

It's late and I need to go to sleep. With these long days (it stays light till 10.30pm) I always forget what time it is. So this'll be a quick post :-)

I'm still searching for a new routine. Since the start of June I work 3 days a week, and the other 2 are supposed to be for painting, since I'm also part-time self-employed as an artist. But usually all the time gets taken up by household duties, paperwork and grocery shopping, and all those little time-consuming things that need to be done in a 4-person-household. I wonder when I'll ever find the time to start a new painting, let alone finish one ... :-/

I try not to beat myself up about it, so for now I keep to drawing and doing stuff in my journal.
Here's another inky lady:

And a journal page:

I'll be linking to Paint Party Friday again tomorrow. If you want to play along, have a look! Everyone is welcome!

Only thing left to do: my list  of funnies and thinkies :-)

Thanks so much for your visit! Wishing you a great weekend! 
I'll be back next week ♥ ♥ ♥

Friday, 6 July 2018

Instagram, Gramblr, SSL and all that stuff ....

The summer is still going strong here, and I'm so enjoying walking around barefoot and never being cold. It's my favorite season. Although I admit it wouldn't be bad if it rained a bit, the water supply is dwindling, and the plants in our garden are starting to look a bit crispy ...

I had to do my taxes this week, so I didn't have much art time. I did do a new map face though:

as well as an ink drawing :-)

Last week I got some questions from people who also want to use Instagram through their computer. I was happy to be able to tell them about Gramblr, a program that you can download to your computer and that makes it very easy to upload from your computer instead of using your phone. I had bought a little book: Instagram for dummies, and they advised using this program. I had been using it without any problems for more than a week.

However, Katie warned me that she got hacked when using Gramblr, and that Instagram doesn't like it at all when you use it, and if they discover you upload from your computer they can close your account. Also, she couldn't get to my blog anymore, she got a big scary warning saying "this site is not secure". I can tell you I was a bit spooked by this. Was this caused by Gramblr or was something else going on?

So I did a little research and thought I'd share it here on the blog.

First of all: the problem with my blog (the scary warning) had nothing to do with Gramblr. That being said, I did some googling about Gramblr, and some people have been using it for years without any problems, others have been hacked or got their account closed down. It might have something to do with a question you get at the end: when you've uploaded your picture and you send it to Instagram, they ask you whether you want free likes. I always click no, and I haven't had any problems. A lot of people got into trouble when they said yes. It seems most of these problems happened a few years ago though, at least the ones I found.

Anyway, I've been looking at other ways to use the pictures on my computer, and now I usually use Google photos. If you have a google-account, you also have a photo-folder, and you can upload your pictures to that folder and access it via your phone. It's a bit of a drag to have to do it like that, because Gramblr is so user-friendly, but for now I'll just be a bit careful. Wouldn't want my new account getting closed down ... :-/

Then the other problem: the scary warning "this site is not secure". It has to do with SSL-certificates. I'm by no means an expert, so I won't go into the technical details, but I discovered when I clicked on my blog, next to the web-address in the upper part of the screen, it had a small circle with an i in it (this is on Chrome, maybe in other browsers it looks different). When I clicked on the i, it said the connection was not secure. So I started looking at all of my other sites, and all of them except for my blog and my website, had a little black padlock next to the www.address. That means it's an https-site so it's secure. I had no idea why my blog didn't have that. So I looked at a few blogs of Paint Party Friday, and discovered some of them had the little i in the circle, and some had the padlock.

I spent a whole evening searching for a solution, and I'm happy I found it :-) When you have a Blogger-blog, you just need to go to dashboard - settings - basic - and click yes where it asks if you want https. Go back to the homepage and see the magic little padlock :-)

My website was harder. I have a free website with Weebly, but with my own domain-name. You have to go to settings - general - SSL - enable. But with my website it didn't say " enable", it only said "update", which meant I would have to pay. But I was reading everywhere that it was free for all plans. So I sent them an email and they fixed it. But because I had my own domain-name, I needed to do an extra step with my registrar (it's all explained on the site when you try to enable SSL). That took about 48 hours, but now my website is also secure :-)

Well, that was a bit of a long explanation, but I figured more people might have a problem with this, so you can spare yourself the time to figure out how to solve it :-) I hope you understand my explanation, if you have any questions just ask!

Okay, high time for my weekly funnies and thinkies!

I love the man in the back smiling ...

Did you know this weekend there's a creative retreat, with 18 lessons, completely free!? You can register here! I hope I'll have time to do some lessons!

Well, thanks so much for paying me a visit! I wish you a lovely day, and of course a weekend full of paint and creativity! Have fun! I'll be back next week ♥ ♥ ♥

Thursday, 28 June 2018


The weather is so gorgeous here, the kids have finished school for the summer, so vacation has well and truly started. Almost July, so time for a new wallpaper :-)

It's a different size than I normally use. Hubby got himself a new screen, so I was the happy recipient of his old one. And the resolution of my new screen is 1920x1080. If you want it on your computer, you can download it here.

I made a mapface again. Don't worry, I'm not gonna have a venting session today, I'll just let my art and my "funnies"  and thinkies speak for themselves...

And also a new face done with alcohol markers. Plus quote of course :-)

I almost forgot: I am finally on Instagram!! I've been wanting to try it out since years, but never could get myself to figure out how to use it, especially because it's made to use on your phone, and frankly, I don't really use my phone to make pictures. It's old, and the quality is bad, and I have a very good camera, so why would I? But thanks to my teenage daughter I am discovering the mysteries of Instagram, and I do like it. Although I still use it more on my computer than on my phone, but hey, it's a start, right!? You can find me here ( I'm finding a lot of familiar artists on there, who used to be on Paint Party Friday. I'll have to browse some more this weekend.

Okay, that's it for this week. About my blogpost last week: in case you're interested, I found a really interesting article about what's happening in the world, and I'll share the link here. Go and read it, it is so important to be aware. It's by Jonathan Freedland, and he ends it with these words: It doesn’t happen overnight. It happens bit by bit, word by word, each step taking us lower into the pit. It’s why every one of us has to fight today’s horror. Because if we don’t, who knows what terrors lie ahead?

I'll be linking this to Paint Party Friday tomorrow. Here are my weekly funnies an thinkies:

That's it! Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate it! 
I wish you a wonderful day, and a joyful weekend! 
I'll be back next week ♥ ♥ ♥

Thursday, 21 June 2018

getting on my soapbox

The last few days I have been reading about the situation with the immigrant kids in the States, and I could barely believe what I was reading. I am beyond disgusted, shocked, sickened and saddened by it. How on earth is it possible that a country that calls itself civilized has stooped to such a low level. And how the hell is it possible there isn't a worldwide outcry against this. Why is the EU so quiet on this? Where is the rage about the treatment of these people? I feel so helpless and so so sad when I think of what these people must be going through. Fleeing violence and poverty, trying to give their kids a better life, thinking they will arrive in a decent country with decent laws where they will get a decent chance. And instead their children get taken away from them. What fucking right do these Americans have to just rip kids from their loving families? It is disgusting and downright unbelievable. Oh man, I get sick just thinking about it.

I know this is an art blog, so I won't keep going on about this. But my art this week is all about this horrible situation, and so are most of the "funnies"  and thinkies this week. I always express my feelings in my art, painting and drawing is for me a way to get a grip on my feelings and let them out in the open. And I cannot and will not be silent about things that matter to me and that I reckon should matter to other people as well. I also know there are many good and decent Americans, and I am happy that the people I know and am friends with are just as horrified about this as I am.

Last year after shit's inauguration (sorry, don't want to see his name on my blog), I started my series of map faces. I haven't done many this year, but now I feel the need to pull them out again and make new ones. It's strange, it's as if these maps are my way of dealing with this administration. So here's a new one:

That's it for this week. Linking to Paint Party Friday, as always. So happy that group still exists :-) Thanks Eva and Kristin!

Only some funnies and thinkies left. Because, now more than ever, one needs a smile. Here goes ....

Thanks for being here. Wishing you a peaceful friday and a weekend full of love.
I'll be back next week ♥ ♥ ♥