January 7th, 2014

Yesterday I picked up the key to my new, shared studio at Retort Ateliers. I will be sharing
a space with my good friend Nanette Kraaikamp and I’m really looking forward to  this collaboration.

Nanette and I both studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Education in Amsterdam. Only after
raduating and bumping into each other years later we became friends. As we both are artists
we talk a lot about (our) art, ideas and art related troubles. When one of us gets a bit
disillusioned, talking about it makes us feel better and ready for the next hurdle in our studio.

Since 2013 we made these talks monthly, keeping each other in check and on the right track.

Together with 6 other artists I also share a studio called Grafisch Collectief Thoets, it’s
specialized in graphical techniques such as etching, lithography and silkscreen printing.
I won’t be leaving Thoets, I like printing and my colleagues too much to leave. I hope the
addition of Retort Ateliers and working in the same space with a good friend will generate
lots of inspiration and new art.

When Nanette and I stepped out of the studio to have a cup of coffee and hot chocolate a
beautiful rainbow appeared. It stood in front of us like an arch only fading when we were about
to go inside and enjoy our hot drinks. I think this new adventure can't go wrong :)


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December 27th, 2013

As far as my flower-theme goes this is one of my first drawings in colour. I wanted to
maintain the linear way of shading that I used in my previous black& white drawings.

Materials I used are bistre and Stabilo woody 3 in 1 pencils. These can also be used as
watercolour pencils. Because the lines are too bulky for the result I was going for I
used them as a paint. I dipped my wet brush onto the pencil until it had infused enough
colour to paint with.

The flowers you see here are tulips. Just like the orchids I did before, after blooming
they turned into complete different creatures.

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December 24th, 2013

Then it got time to move out of the sketchbook and into the open.

Because I use Indian ink (and bistre) I like using Saunders Waterford watercolour paper.
Even when the package says ‘white’ it has a creamy colour and very little grain, the latter
making it perfect for detailed work.

The orchids bellow have had their blooming time and have completely dried out. The shapes
they take on are very beautiful to me. Like I said
before, they take on a different persona.
Blooming they were all looking pretty much the same, now they are their own person.

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December 23, 2013

During a whole month I drew (apart from a few exceptions) nothing but orchids. I was getting
more and more into the details. Disappearing into the flower or drawing(?) reaching a very
comfortable almost meditative state of being.

My sketchbook was starting to fill up with these wonderful creatures.

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December 19th, 2013

Do you know that moment where you want to start drawing but you just can’t? I was at that
moment March 2013. To overcome this problem I decided to draw what was close to
me or what was literally near to me.

The orchids on my windowsill were about to bloom so I tried drawing these. I love flowers
but never took the time to draw them, I thought it would bore me. From the moment I
started those first lines I was hooked, I couldn’t stop!

The idea to draw the orchids throughout their blooming period came to mind. Orchids tend to
bloom for very long periods of time so next to orchids I started to draw tulips, sunflowers,
hollyhocks…

Doing this I noticed that I enjoyed one moment most: when a flower starts to dry out,
becomes translucent in a way and takes on a whole different persona.
 

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