Simply Draw & Paint it

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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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You’re rejected.

You’re rejected.

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...

The Plan is, There is no Plan

The Plan is, There is no Plan

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...

Get out of your comfort zone

Get out of your comfort zone

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...

Magic creative flow !

Magic creative flow !

What a strange week... Bombs were thrown in Syria and Afghanistan, and billionaire world leaders are making laws to make the rich more rich and the poor more poor... Power, brutality, starvation, miserable working poor... Depressing. But did you make some art this...

When in doubt, make art !

When in doubt, make art !

When in doubt... The monkeys in my head have been very active lately, making my self-doubt grow, telling me "I make crap and nobody's interested, telling me I'm boring or ugly, telling me I'm too old for this and that... And look at those younger ones that are...

Let’s take the time… but which kind of time?

Let’s take the time… but which kind of time?

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”]...

Draw. Write. Think. Survive. Aleppo.

Draw. Write. Think. Survive. Aleppo.

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...

Know your enemy

Know your enemy

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...

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