Spring has truely sprung! There are blooming flowers everywhere, birds chattering and during
my walk I had to pay very close attention to the forest floor as not to trample any forest
dwellers like caterpillars, snails, slugs, beetles and this pair of mating flies.
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This is a forest diary entry that took me a long time and it had everything to do with the theme.
the scents magnificent. One is a promise of life and the other a promise of certain death.
For several years now, all that emerging life has also become a reminder of dying.
Today (April 17th) would have been my mom's birthday. In 2013, two days after her birthday,
she died of colon cancer. She thought she had a bad flu...
rein and whirled through the hole, whirring and tugging at the ragged edges. During that time I
did a lot of forest walks. Slowly I felt grounded again and at the same time I felt an enormous
connection to nature, to the earth. More than ever before I was aware of the cycle of life and
death, how one comes from the other and both can't exist without the other.
This awareness helped me to cope with the loss of my mom and also brought me back to an old
love, drawing nature. (Wilted-) flowers, insects, mushrooms, toads, birds. I have to draw the
overwhelming beauty of it all and share it.
during her birthday, is the cherry blossom, the Japanese 'sakura'.
Symbol for transience, symbol for life, both beautiful and short.
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This forest diary entry partly dates from April this year.
finished this page 🎨
It is a beautiful song, but sometimes there are beautiful treasures to be found on the (forest) floor.
seeds, all kinds of fungi and mosses, the shield of a Polyphylla fullo beetle, a drowned
butterfly, a hornet finished fighting.
there, enjoying "high" and "the blue sky" our feet and tires crush a lot of beautiful lives.
wake up from hibernation at a temperature of 8 to 10° Celcius which has to last for at least 3
First the smaller men wake up and a little later the ladies follow and travel back to the breeding
ponds where they were born themselves.
or tires. So, Sammy, look down too 🐸
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Exciting news!! After much consideration I decided to start offering linocut courses from
my home studio!
‘Why now?’ you might ask. As you may know, I studied to be an art teacher. After many
applications I was always considered too young and/ or too inexperienced. So I moved on and
started to do other kind of jobs. Also, renting a classroom comes with extra costs and because
of that I let go of the idea of teaching art.
However, since I have redesigned my home and the studio part almost surpasses the living part,
I’ve been playing with the idea of organizing classes from home and now the time has come.
And I'm really looking forward to it!
For now I’ve planned 3 lino courses for the months of September, October and November.
These will take place on Thursday evenings, from 7.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
All courses will be in Dutch.
Since it is at my home I have limited space for only 4 people, so if you are interested, move fast!
You can find all courses here.
Every course has a different theme. For the September course we will be working from a
photograph chosen by you and translate that to linocut.
October is all about autumn and/ or Halloween. During this course you will cut and print a round,
decorative lino from an image or drawing that symbolizes autumn to you.
In November we’re going to make Christmas cards/ New Year’s greetings. Send your family
and best friends an exclusive, homemade card this year
Next to the courses I mention here I want to organize much more courses in the future.
Courses on watercolour, drawing in various techniques, drawing/ painting outside...
account when planning the following courses 🎨
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