This is the 3rd time I’m participating in Leslie Saeta’s ‘30 Paintings in 30 Days’ challenge
except this time I’m not painting and not creating 30 works of art.

I’ve been planning to pick up lino cutting for a while so I rename the challenge:
’15 Lino’s in 30 Days’!
Cut one day, print the next.
The idea of these challenges is to create more art than you normally would, learn, have fun
and start the new year creative and productive. In a time you would rather stay in bed and
hibernate all winter do a project instead.

This idea inspired me to the following theme: hibernation/ sleep. All 15 lino’s will be of sleepy,
curled-up animals.

First in the series is this cat. Tomorrow it’s time to print!!


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September is only a few months behind us and it feels like I just finished the 30 Paintings in
30 Days Challenge during which I drew/ painted in the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest)
for 30 days.

Now January is upon us and again the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenging days are nigh.
This time I decided to do something different. I’ve been planning to pick up lino cutting for the
longest time so for next January I rename the challenge: ’15 Lino’s in 30 Days’!

Why 15 and not 30? That would be a little too much next to impossible. If I would cut
teeny-tiny lino’s it could be possible but I want a nice size, 15 x 15 cm maximum. So 15 it is.

Cut one day, print the next.
Good preparation is key. I’m going to make drafts first, cut the linoleum to the right size.
Make sure I have enough paper and so on. I decided on a theme too and it’s going to star
just animals.

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You can prepare for an (art) event all you want but some things are just out of your hands.
The ArtWest Open Studio weekend was promoted quite well by the organisation.
I properly framed all art I wanted to show. I send out invitations via e-mail, via Facebook,
I put the event on my website, wrote a blog about it, shared it a couple of times on
Facebook… We cleaned the studio, hung the art (it looked quite good I think), bought drinks and
snacks, we had a massive flag waving for attention, the door stood wide open…
But then on Saturday there was rain, lots of rain and Sunday there was a storm and only a few
people dared to venture out of their warm, cosy homes.
Saturday we had 36 visitors and Sunday 46, considering the weather not that bad but still, if
the weather had been nice the turnout had been much higher. From our group of 5 I was the
only one who did not sell.
That evening wasn’t very pleasant. I doubted myself and my work. Was my attitude too much
‘wait-and-see’? Should I jump people when they enter the studio (something I hate when people
do that to me in shops etc.). Was my art just bad/ weird/ unmarketable? Did I present it wrong?
What did I do wrong??
Sunday, at the end of the event our group of Grafisch Collectief Thoets decided to prolong
our open studio to next Sunday. We would again invite everybody and hope for better weather.
The weather was nice, a lot of people who couldn’t make it the weekend before came by
and I sold some small things. Happy.
I need to remember that there’s nothing wrong with my artwork, I just need to reach the right
people.


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Getting ready for this!!
The last couple of weeks I’ve been working hard to finish up for my upcoming open studio
weekend which will be on November 19th and 20th.
Together with my artist colleagues Jan Baas, Ina Brekelmans, Edwin Emmens and
Ellen Huijsmans (Grafisch Collectief Thoets) I’m participating in ARTWEST Amsterdam for the
second time.

Please come by and visit at:

Nassaukade 321, 1053 LS Amsterdam
.
On both Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 till 18:00.


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Today I varnished my most recent work. I started it a while ago and got stuck, put it away
for a few months and finished it last week.

After the ‘30 Paintings in 30 Days-challenge’ from last September I finally knew how to continue.
Since I started working in colour more and more I also like using lots of different materials
(bistre, pigmentedink, water soluble (ink) pencils, soft pastels by Schmincke) at the same
time, just mixing them up.

Varnishing is possible because I work on aquabord by Ampersand and can be a problem
using all these different materials.
I start by putting on different layers of fixative letting them dry for 24 hours in between layering.
After that I put on a layer of matt acrylics varnish. This is the tricky part because if not
fixated well enough the varnish can partly dissolve the fixative and make the materials run.

All went well today.



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