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!
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Let’s take the time in 2017... “The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” [Mary Oliver in “The central commitment of creative life”]...read more
On creating a meaning of life... The year is stumbling across the finishing line, which is always a great time to reflect on how things are going, and planning for the year ahead. How was your year 2016? Mine was great: just came home from a holiday in Japan... You...read more
Hello my dear! I'm packing my bags to go on a sketching holiday in Japan. Packing my bags and leaving home always brings up tons of questions as well as fear and a feeling of guilt. My inner critic cries out loud that I should stay at home, work a bit more. Did I work...read more
"Drawing Changes Lives" This month of October is the Big Draw International festival ! So I HAVE TO create a blogpost about drawing... (by the way, does someone know who has drawn this great cartoon? I found it on the internet and would like to credit the great...read more
Today, 21st September, is International day of Peace, but also World Alzheimer's Day ! My grandmother on my mother's side suffered from dementia. (Alzheimer is a form of dementia) As you read probably on my website, I volunteer in an art workshop for people with...read more
Hello my dear! What have you been up to lately? And how are you? I hope all is for the best! I haven’t written for a while, being busy with summer time. Summer time’s a welcome break in the busy working year. Days are long, weather is (supposed to be) good, we have a...read more
What is your "Urgent", and what is your "Important" stuff? And do you take mindful time for it? It's not always easy to make the difference between important and urgent things. Usually the urgent matters relate to what other people expect from you, and they do have to...read more
Half of the fun of a holiday or of a happy event is the time before: the joy of imagining the journey, the joy of the preparation and the planning part. I find it actually often more fun than the trip or holiday in itself. My imagination is often more powerful than...read more
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
― Brené Brown
Hello my lovely sketchers! Ready to go urban sketching at the international Urban Sketchers symposium in Manchester this July 2016? Do you also find your handbag always too heavy? Walking around all day with sketching material can become quite a hassle, the weight...read more