Thursday, 19 November 2015

New doodle and work in progress

The days fly by and it seems I just never have enough time. Very frustrating...

But ....

I made my first colouring book! Something I've been wanting to do since a long time but never got around to. I want to sell it at my Christmas markets, so I decided to take my doodles, use Photoshop to take out the English quotes that were on there, and replaced them with Dutch quotes. And tadaa: 20 brandnew/recycled colouring pages/doodles! It's now at the printer, so I can't show it yet.

But I have a new doodle to show you, one I started ages ago and only now managed to finish. Well, actually, it was finished, it just needed a quote ;-)

And I found this quote very fitting for all that's happening in Europe these days. The endless stream of refugees, people seeking a safe haven after all the horrors they've been through, the problems our governments are facing to handle all the extra demands, the fear and anxiety among the people, not knowing what this influx of people will mean for the future, and to top it all off the murdurous idiots that want to get the whole world involved in their dirty war and think it's okay to kill anyone that doesn't belong to their hateful club. It's easy to start hating and blaming, but it makes me sick to my stomach reading some of the comments on social media and hearing people talking on the streets. Where will it end? How do you deal with maniacs who want to divide the world into opposing camps and are seemingly succeeding? I really fear for the future, but at the same time I still have hope that in the end the good in humans will survive. I have to keep that hope, if not for myself at least for my kids.

We're still working in our new house. I have just finished painting the top floor, in nice bright sunny colours :-) Can't wait to finish it and finally move in, but I'm afraid it's gonna be almost Christmas before we actually can.

I am also still working on some boxes, here's a view of my table:

Nothing else to show for now. I am working on some Christmascards, and have also finished a Dutch calendar that will be for sale at the Christmas-markets.

I want to say thank you to all of you that have already purchased my calendars! Since all sales are being handled and printed by Lulu, I only get notified when a calendar has sold, but I don't know who bought it. I only know it when that person tells me. So all of you who haven't heard from me because I don't know who you are: Thank You ♥

I want to end this week not with a funny, but with this picture:

Wouldn't the world be a better place if we humans could follow the example of these guys? Finding comfort with each other, seeking warmth with each other, loving each other despite their (big) differences ....

I'm linking this to Paint Party Friday and to Show your Face. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit. I wish you love and kindness in your hearts and homes ♥ ♥ ♥


  1. Congratulations on the coloring book. I am hooked on them. You are always so busy. Have a nice weekend

    1. I couldn't find your comment box and so I had to comment on Nicole's reply box. Hi Nicole.:) I love your work and that photo of the cat with the parrot is just so touching. I too am worried about the future of this world. We must go on. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Denthe and hooray for your coloring book. It must be wonderful. Take care.

  2. I, too, am ashamed of what some people on social media are saying. :(
    LOVE your that brightened my day! Thank you!

  3. Nice idea with the colouring book, love the boxes, and that photo is so sweet. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  4. Nice doodling and wonderful words and picture.
    Have a happy weekend xx

  5. If your doodle's anything to go by your colouring pages are going to be gorgeous! Your house painting sounds lovely, I hope you can share it here some time. Have a lovely weekend Denise! xx

  6. Your doodle is inspiring! And I want to cuddle beside those two awesome buddies and stop hearing and reading the news!

  7. Superb !! And I love those tiny little boxes :)

  8. I love your artwork, love that you have done a book, and the furry/feathered pals, what a perfect image to impress on all the way we humans should act with one another!

  9. The doodle is wonderful as is the quote. Love the furry friend pic.

  10. Oh this post made me cry...each day when I plop into a warm bath I say a prayer of thanks as I think of those unable that luxury! It breaks my heart! Perfect quote and I am so proud of you reworking your wonderful art into a colouring book and new calendars!! You are so inspiring! Sending love your way and prayers for peace!

    Hugs Giggles

  11. Amazing doodle and I am sure your coloring book is great! Love the pic of the cat and parrot.

  12. Gorgeous art Denise! look forward to seeing your coloring book

  13. Your coloring book is gong to be such a hit!!! I just know it. Love your new doodle and love the colors on the boxes.:) Such a sweet picture at the end ♥

  14. The current happenings in Europe also make me worrying and i think somehow we have to face it and can't ignore it any longer. Making art helps very much to intellectually take a stand on it. I always love it to read about your multifaceted activities and I'm sure your coloring book will become a big hit as your doodles are amazing!

  15. Brilliant doodle art Denise!! That is going to be one of THE best coloring books-congrats! Your boxes are always so wonderful. And i can't wait to have your calendars!

  16. love your doodle art, and the quote is inspiring.
    wishing you the best each step of the way with your house!

  17. Congratulations on completing your coloring book. That's quite an accomplishment. I hope it does well at the market and many people can share in the beauty you create. xo

  18. You are the queen of doodles so a color book is right up your alley. Nice. xox

  19. Wat leuk,Denise dat je schrijft dat je eeuwen geleden begonnen bent.
    Maar je hebt het klaar gekregen.wens je dat je huis gauw klaar is ,zo dat je meer tijd krijgt.
    om te werken aan jou prachtige kunst!!
    lieve groet

  20. A wonderful post Denise and I hope along with you for a more loving world for our children and theirs.
    How exciting about your coloring book! I wish you best of sales at the markets and look forward to photos of the new place!
    hugs to you in America we celebrate our Thanksgiving on this Thursday, I will be giving thanks for you and my other worldwide artist internet friends- I am grateful to have you in my life!
    xoxo Jackie

  21. Your doodles will make a perfect colouring book! I think the same as you about the kitten and bird as I am sitting and looking out the window at my bird feeder. There are sometimes five different types of birds all sharing food from one bird feeder. Why can people just get along, or at least tolerate each other and their differences?

  22. Your colouring book sounds terrific, I'm sure it will be a great success, something quite different.
    In my view only Superwoman could cope with getting a new house painted and ready, and still find time to make and sell art.
    Thanks for the lovely happy photo at the end.

  23. Beautiful and inspiring post, and I admire your talent! I also love, love, love your blog background and profile pic! :)


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