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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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Starting the 3rd confinement sketchbook

Starting the 3rd confinement sketchbook

Day of confinement 14 is quite a bad day. I'm very restless and don't feel like sketching... OMG ! I was struggling to force myself to make this video ! If I didn't receive so many cheers from you for my videos I think I'd given up.... I was not at all in the mood!...

#CREATE corona sketchbook 6

#CREATE corona sketchbook 6

👋👋👋these are the houses of my dear neighbours 🌸🌸🌸 Every evening we try to go and clap and make music at the windows and doors to thank the healthcare workers. It's a joy to live in front of a rock guitarist who takes his...

#CREATE corona sketchbook 4

#CREATE corona sketchbook 4

Another challenge of being confined at home is trying not to gain too much weight! Usually I bike to the office and move a lot... now I'm just sitting at home, eating, with a gass of wine and chocolate.... So I started fitnessing at home with online videos, and I make...

#CREATE Corona sketchbook 3

#CREATE Corona sketchbook 3

Day 3 confined at home.... I didn't know I was so tired!! Now that I'm staying home I feel it.... When we run to work everyday we just keep going and don't dare to slow down: we feel guilty when we slow down and want to work less... Why? Because I've learned that I...

#CREATE Corona sketchbook 2

#CREATE Corona sketchbook 2

Here's the first sketch in this concertina (accordeon) sketchbook.   It's a sketchbook by Sennelier, with nice thick paper, called "USK book" (Urbansketching book). The paper is 340 g thick and you can paint with mixed media on it: it takes water quite well. It's...

#CREATE Corona sketchbook 1

#CREATE Corona sketchbook 1

How are you doing? Are you confined at home like I am ? I'm supposed to work at home, but with all building sites stopping one by one, and projects slowing down, I'm actually getting out of work... This is also a dangerous time for my architecture office because we...

Kisetsu 🌸🌸🌸

Kisetsu 🌸🌸🌸

Hello my dearest  !   I’m so excited my book with drawings of Japan is finally published ! Excited and afraid… afraid people won’t like it and won’t buy it of course… Is it good enough? Is it beautiful enough? Did I leave some typing errors in the texts?....  ...

Progress, not perfection

Progress, not perfection

Hello my dear!   Here's another video I made in Kanazawa. It's the same tea house as in the previous video, but seen from the other side of the lake. First I made the drawing in pencil (I use Palomino Blackwing pencil medium hard graphite.) and then I started...

Have a beautiful end of the year

Have a beautiful end of the year

Hello my dearest!   Are you preparing your resolutions for the new year? I always make a huge list of what I plan to do better in the coming new year and guess what ? I'm usually too ambitious and also not so very kind for myself and then of course at the end of...

Sketching Japan

Sketching Japan

Hello my dearest !    I just came back from Japan ! It was a wonderful breath of fresh air!  I nearly thought I wouldn’t make it to the plane, as I was in a great mess before leaving: I was drowning in problems at the office…. I felt really sick before leaving and...

Sketch with your emotions :)

Sketch with your emotions 🙂

“To make art you need your eyes, your hands and your HEART. It’s your heart that makes you choose your colours. Your emotional side.” And : "What does the picture need?" Choose your colours according to your mood and according to what the picture needs. This is the...

How about drawing with a twig ?

How about drawing with a twig ?

The great Malaysian artist Ch’ng Kiah Kiean came sketching in Belgium before heading to the urbansketchers symposium in Amsterdam in July and guess what? Serge, my darling husband, made a video of him sketching and I'm going to share it with you so you can admire the...

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