The last two years have been crazy busy. Sure, due to covid exhibitions were postponed or cancelled but nonetheless I made a lot of new artwork.
Next to that I worked hard on the business side of my art practice, I/ we needed to clear out my/ our shared studio at Grafisch Collectief Thoets, I created a bird birthday calendar and I had my 20x20 watercolour birds made into beautiful giclée prints.
This year I’m planning to take a step back and not do any really big, time consuming projects.
For this year I’m planning to take time to play and experiment. And also make a lot of new art because Katja Berkenbosch and I are planning a new exhibition in 2023!!

After this blogpost is finished I’ll continue my big home studio clean-up. My home is mostly studio so there is a mix of art mess and private mess everywhere.
There is stuff lying around from finished projects, stuff that moved from studio Thoets to my home, along with that stuff from the days I showed my art at Art Amsterdam Spui (I quit in 2018)...

It’s a true mess but I can’t wait to share my beautiful neat, sparkly clean home studio when I’m all finished!!

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In 2012 I got my first smart phone, I was a late adopter. In the past I did have a little camera but I didn’t have that on me all the time, as for my phone…
Not long after I got my smart phone I started taking pictures of things growing in the neighbourhood where I live, mostly flowers but also bees and butterflies that would often hang out on mentioned flowers.

I still remember the first picture I took of a (larger) dead animal. I was visiting a friend that lived in the east of the country, not far from the German border.
We were walking and talking as friends do. I startled her when I stopped dead in my tracks.
To our right was a ditch, all filled with brown leaves and that’s where I noticed a furry body. I got a little closer and saw it was a dead hare. I stood there watching for a bit and then decided to take a picture.
My friend got a bit creeped out, I tried to explain it wasn’t out of disrespect, it was the opposite. Taking a picture to me was my way of showing respect, showing the hare that it was seen, that this death didn’t stay unnoticed.


Since that day I’ve taken many more pictures of dead animals: insects, fish, toads, mice, rats, moles, hedgehogs and so many birds.

Taking pictures, making sure their death doesn’t go unnoticed.
A few end up in my paintings, others find their way to my forest diary or my 5x5 cm zigzag sketchbook.

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At the moment I'm creating 4(!) new 20x20cm watercolours for the 20x20 exhibition
Kunstvereniging Sint Lucas is orginazing this April.

This exhibition should have taken place May 2020 (hence the 20x20 cm concept)
but got postponed due to covid-19.

This bird is called the Goldcrest, it's the smallest bird in Europe and I'm utterly enjoying painting
this little one 💗

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Every year I print a little Newyear Print as a thank you to everyone who bought art from me.
This year I was inspired by a particular misty morning and the great egrets I meet at the
Amsterdam Forest.

In the Dutch language the great egret is called 'Zilver Reiger', which would translate to
Silver Heron/ Silver Egret.

That's how I ended up using both black and silver printing ink (I know, it looks grey in this pic).
And I also thought about the English phrase 'a silver lining', which is a metaphor for optimism,
meaning something negative 
may have a positive aspect to it.
A message we might all need after 2020.

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Found treasures. Not 100% sure about all of them but the one on the top left is from a Jay,
beneath that a Common wood pigeon and the green/ yellowish feathers are from a
Rose-ringed parakeet.
The black one is from a Crow and the one on the right probably from a (female) Blackbird.

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