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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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Creative challenges in difficult times

Creative challenges in difficult times

Drawing in difficult times... For some of us the confinement is finished, but for a lot of people life is still very difficult. I was mainly following the urbansketchers movement, and drawing has meant a lot to many people in recent months - to those who were stuck at...

Looking for change

Looking for change

I want to share this beautiful text with you from Leslie Dwight:

What if 2020 isn’t cancelled?

What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for?

A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw –

That it finally forces us to grow.

A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from ignorant slumber.

A year we finally accept the need for change.

Declare change. Work for change. Become the change.

A year we finally band together, instead of pushing each other further apart.

2020 isn’t cancelled, but rather

the most important year of them all.

End of confinement

End of confinement

Confinement is coming to an end here in Belgium…. But I don’t want to ...    I had plenty of things I wanted to do, and I wanted to rest also, and plenty of things to CREATE, and I didn’t do it! I want more time of confinement… (I realize that I’m in a luxury...

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?....  ...

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