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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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Drawing Happy Lines

Drawing Happy Lines

Guess who visited Brussels again to do a sketchwalk with us and to give 2 workshops? The King of Happy Lines: Ch’ng Kiah Kiean from Malaysia ! The sketchwalk we organized with Urbansketchers Belgium was part of the 50th Citydev.Brussels Anniversary, were...

About “Messy” Watercolor with Reham Ali…

About “Messy” Watercolor with Reham Ali…

Urbansketchers Belgium had the honor to have Reham Ali visiting for several days, thanks to Citydev.Brussels 50th Anniversary we're documenting. We had a great sketchwalk on Friday, but also a wonderful workshop with Reham on Saturday. Here are some takeaways from the...

Breaking routines with urbansketching

Breaking routines with urbansketching

Spring is there, so it's time to gather your art supplies and go sketching outside! Urbansketching events are flourishing all over the world, and also in Brussels! You don't need to fly away to mix up your day-to-day and draw in your sketchbooks like I did by going to...

Preparing my Portugal sketchbook

Preparing my Portugal sketchbook

Yay I'm leaving to Portugal to go sketchbing for my new book for Akinome and my new Skillshare class  I love to paint the map and my art supplies in my new sketchbooks and I made a video this time to show you how I prepare my trip. I also show you how I mix my...

Learning New Sketching Ways in Finland

Learning New Sketching Ways in Finland

I just came back from Finland, pushing my sketching bounderies with artist Marie Detrée (https://www.mariedetree.com/).First I went 5 days to Helsinki to see back old friends I know from my architecture studies in Oulu 30 years ago. It was amazing to see them. (We...

Byebye 2023 – Hello 2024

Byebye 2023 – Hello 2024

What kind of a year was 2023 for you? For a lot of people it was a dark year of war time... and Climate Change... Quite stressfull of course.... So I'm very grateful and lucky to live in Belgium... I feel very privileged for the moment.... being busy with work and...

The 2 Things that Changed my Creative Journey

The 2 Things that Changed my Creative Journey

I have constant self-doubt when I write an email, a book or a blog post, and also when I draw… When I make a new online class for Skillshare it’s even worse. Why should anyone care and watch my classes? Of course when I get good reviews the self-doubt, or imposter...

Getting Out of a Creative Dip

Getting Out of a Creative Dip

It has been about 2 weeks now that I don’t seem to be able to enjoy my drawing and painting. I have some hard days and a very low dip! What do you do on those days when you just can't get anywhere? Those days when you're tired, when your patience fails you at every...

Why Don’t You Make a Book about Brussels?

Why Don’t You Make a Book about Brussels?

Why don't you make a book about Brussels? Someone asked me on Instagram. Who cares about Brussels really? It is soiled, polluted, messily patched together. It demonstrates little self-esteem, and doesn’t seem to manage its own protection. “Bruxellisation” is now a...

Looking for “your style”?

Looking for “your style”?

“Once is a mistake. Twice is an idea. Three times is style.”   - Miles Davis. I got this great question from Katherine in my mailbox 10 days ago (please send me your questions: I love receiving questions because it gives me great ideas about what to write about!) : “I...

Create More Depth in your Watercolor

Create More Depth in your Watercolor

What I find most tricky to do when I'm out sketching is to create depth in a watercolor sketch!  Creating depth in a watercolor painting involves understanding the principles of perspective, value, color, and composition. Here are some tips to help you achieve a sense...

5 tips to create a drawing ritual

5 tips to create a drawing ritual

Creating a drawing ritual to make a small drawing a day is magic to boost your drawing skills and to your mental and emotional health. The most difficult part for me is to get started. Everybody has his own tips & tricks. The best place to keep a drawing ritual is...

Happy 2023 😃

Happy 2023 😃

Happy new year 2023 !… This changing of year, is always a great time to reflect on how things are going, and planning for the year ahead. How was your year 2022? Mine was great, compared to others, like in Ukraine, who are living in war time since February 2022....  I...

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