Creativity stories and struggles
Here I share my thoughts about living a creative life, about how I found more and more fun and joy in making art and looking for creativity by getting rid of my demons like fear, perfectionism, what-might-other-people-think, ugliness (what’s that anyway?), Art with a big A, dogma’s …. Everybody is an artist and everybody is creative!
I’m not a full-time “artist”. I do other work for living. (see my about-page). This blog is about the creative fun and joy part of my life 🙂
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"Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won't have a title until much later" [Bob Goff, writer] Restlessness is invading me: I'm leaving again for Japan. This time to see the cherry blossoms. I'll make some new sketching tutorials there...read more
I'm wondering now why I didn't read this great book about "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" written by Betty Edwards earlier? It's sooooooooooo much of an eye opener. I've heard about this book several times, and finally bought it, bumping in it by...read more
Excitement excitement! The whole Urban Sketching world is counting the hours left to the subscription time op this Saturday at 15:00 GMT for the next international symposium : The 9th International Urban Sketchers Symposium will be held in Porto, Portugal,...read more
"Cheer cheer cheer" ! ThriveGlobal.com published an article by Sara Lettieri about my artwork workshop with people with dementia 🙂 You can read it here: https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/20608-drawing-from-the-beauty-inside But I want to share it with...read more
On creating a meaning of life… Or should I say meaningful life? The year just stumbled out of the starting blocks, which is always a great time to reflect on how things are going, and planning for the year ahead. How was your year 2017? Mine was great,...read more
You’re rejected How many times have I heard that my work was rejected for this or that competition, … I hear “you’re rejected”, instead of “your work is not selected”. It hurts and I take it too personally: I identify myself with my work, I AM my work....read more
In need of a creativity boost I organized a workshop with the great Malaysian artist Ch’ng Kiah Kiean on 20 & 21 October. It was a wonderful weekend. Ch’ng Kiah Kiean is a generous teacher. His specialty is sketching with dry twigs and Chinese ink. Here’s...read more
21st of September was Alzheimer’s day. This September also I started a new art workshop in a second care home for people with dementia. It seems to be quite a success so I’m very happy about it. On the first day we had 4 enthusiastic artists, and this week...read more
I rarely felt so happy to get home. What was I looking for, being five weeks in Italy? What was I looking for that I can't find at home? I was traveling to get out of my comfort zone. Yes I had a lot of fun sketching every day, feeling the sun on my skin felt great...read more
Last week I organized an urban sketching event for the local cultural center, so some students never had been urban sketching. There was a lady who hadn't been drawing since years. Actually to be more precise: since she was a child, some 30 years ago... It took her a...read more