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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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
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