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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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
Here I want to share with you a great article on how to draw better! The article on the website Jenreviews.com features a collection of very practical tips and exercises with interesting scientific and artistic background. I invite you to go and read it...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
When I'm in a creativity dip, I read Sol Le Witt's very funny and inspiring letter to Eva Hesse, suffering from creative block and self-doubt. Usually I'm in a creativity dip because I don't manage to make time for drawing and painting. The same goes for everybody:...read more
Still drowned in work at the office, so I don't manage to draw every day... because I'm tired in the evening and I get caught by "screen-sucking" activities... (Facebook, email, instagram,...) So I crawled up again from work two weeks ago seeing a video from Marie...read more
What a strange week... Bombs were thrown in Syria and Afghanistan, and billionaire world leaders are making laws to make the rich more rich and the poor more poor... Power, brutality, starvation, miserable working poor... Depressing. But did you make some art this...read more
How much I would like to be "an untroubled wholeness with the world"... [Sarah Kaufman] These last two weeks I have been again much too busy : I feel I'm being lived, rather then living enjoying life. And the first part of me getting lost is my creativity and my...read more