zaterdag 14 april 2018

a very quiet ...


(that's what I had today,
but next week some more people will 
catch up !)

So Man and I had a flowery, quiet, but sunny day
after daughter and her dearest friend came by, 
before leaving on the Fast Ferry to Rotterdam,
bringing some very nice presents !!!

What a little treasure daughter found for me !


Another tiny painting was completed yesterday


(only 7 x 7 cm
2.75 x 2.75")

zondag 8 april 2018

painting ...

Still painting

(never had something going thát long, I think)

Because I found some good frames
I made somewhat bigger paintings this time
(16 x 24 cm in a 30 x 40 cm frame)

Here are two details

(still more to come)

zondag 1 april 2018

fooling Easter ?

Easter on the first of April,
funny  ...
though we're a LOT happier than a year ago
(when we spent the day in hospital !
happy to have left thát behind us ...)

A gray day today
and not very warm too !
Not at all what you expect on Easter.

So why not make our own nice day :

Spring flowers from daughter
a bunch of (good old) Easter bunnies
and one of my gouache paintings that I've been making
the last three months.

A happy weekend to you all out there !

zondag 18 maart 2018

18 - 3 - 18

(ahhhh ... the previous "18" went by unnoticed ...)

They say,
sometimes time stands still and sometimes time flies.

Of course that's not true :
it depends on our own perception
of what we are doing
that makes time fly or stand still ...

Today we had a special birthday dinner
for our daughter :
she had her 44th birthday yesterday !
(that's why I said time flies :
I remember her small self on the Sunday she was born so well !!!)

Pasta di mamma

Homemade pasta, broccoli, baked tomatoes, baked salmon,
avocado, homemade pesto, tomato sauce, a green salad
and "tarte tatin" for dessert !

And like the last two months
there is the on-going story of paint

Friends !

maandag 26 februari 2018

so lucky ... !

Reaching for the stars ...
why not ?

Twenty years ago this very day,
I had a major operation
after being diagnosed with breast cancer
on Friday the 13th
(no, I'm NOT superstitious, but I remember
that day very well, when my world came tumbling down)

It took me a while to get things back on track,
before I even trusted to reach for the stars.

It all worked out well
and I'm happy to be still here,
and I now know you have to reach for the stars
(at least try !)

Just busy, busy, busy
with more little paintings :

it is such FUN 

woensdag 14 februari 2018

sending love ...

When you leave out
what the commerce likes to do with Valentine Day ...
it's just fun
to send a bit of love
into the world !

This is only a quarter (!)
of a new small painting,
gouache on paper
(9 x 14 cm)

A small token of love
to someone special ?

Happy Valentine

vrijdag 2 februari 2018

second month, second day ...

Oh yes, January is already gone !

I'm still just in the mood for painting.
Slowly, day by day
new small paintings grow
to their final state.

It's still winter,
thought not really cold with ice or snow
(just WET)
But in the garden the first signs
that spring isn't thát far away,
are already visible :
snowdrops, aconites and very small crocuses !

Why not join all the happy green in the garden ...
So I started with a very "springy" background
for another painting

THIS will take a while
but here on my painting it smells like spring !

growing from "scratch"

"Dandelion - meeting"
(22 x 12 cm  ,  8.65 x 4.70")

And yes, there are more little paintings,
so another bit ...

vrijdag 26 januari 2018

sleeping ...

The little paintings I'm making right now
are all little fantasies.
Stories one can make up
by just looking at the painting ...

After the owls
came a sheep, a ram 



maandag 22 januari 2018

"night friends"

Here's the finished little painting
(only 9 x 14 cm ,   3.5 x 5.5")
The new fine brushes I bought lately
are just fine for this
(I had some older ones with hairs sticking out : grrrrrrrrr)

Because it is such fun
I started on the next one immediately.

(in progress)

donderdag 18 januari 2018

18 - 1 - 18

The year has quietly started ...
and I continued with what I was doing
at the end of December :
After the "Snowman" and the "Star catcher"
I was in the mood again !
Other crafts have been quiet for a while,
that's how things work best for me.

I have a whole page with little sketches
with ideas that I might make
into a bigger little painting
with gouache paint (poster paint)
Normally I work with acrylic paint, "oils" is not me ...
The little grandson is very happy that I'm using that now,
instead of acrylic paint !
(that HARD to get from his clothes,
should he make a mess ...
so now he's happy to work next to me !)

After making the layered background
I start with the drawing in chalk pencil
(which is in fact for sewing, but it works great)

Working the light colours is a bit tricky
(because the layers underneath easily dissolve again)

The rest is for tomorrow ...

Red, yellow and blue ...
and learning how to mix the other colours !



We had a mighty storm today here in Holland :
roofsblown off, trees fell and trucks blown over,
all train traffic stopped
and some roads were closed.

In the afternoon is quieted down, thank heavens !

A true winter storm !