Artist stories

Masterclass Dream | Think | Do

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Ken je dat dat je in de waan van de dag leeft? Van dag tot dag? Zo vliegen de dagen en maanden voorbij en je leven dus ook. Zonder dat je de dingen doet die je écht graag wilt en zonder dat je straalt. In het programma staan we stil bij wat je echt wilt. We kijken vooruit naar hoe je echt wilt leven. Je krijgt je verlangens, dromen en wensen helder. Ik geef je ook praktische tips over hoe je daar vervolgens ook iets mee doet. Ik begeleid je deze dag vanuit mijn ervaring als coach en mijn eigen persoonlijke ervaring. Ik heb dit zelf ook gedaan! Ik was een sales vrouw. Maar ontdekte bij mezelf dat ik als kunstenaar veel gelukkiger was en dat daar mijn verlangen lag. Ik heb de stap gewaagd en mijn leven omgegooid. Hierdoor ben ik nu een veel leukere en gelukkiger vrouw en …

Adventure and freedom

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Adventure and freedom When 2 of your core values are adventure and freedom and you have a dream, you have to take action. Otherwise, it will always remain a dream and never come true. That is why we introduced our kids to traveling in an oldtimer Volkswagen campervan on a mini-road trip. This is the epitome of adventure and freedom, if you ask me. They loved it. Mission accomplished! On to the next, small step. What is your dream? Let me know below this post, I’d like to hear from you!

New York tears collection

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The story behind my new collection Suddenly, almost everyone I know is afraid of a terrorist attack. They say: “it’s hitting very close to home now…” Not only fear, but anger is also rising and even our children are afraid. Every time I saw the news, I was scared, angry or worried. I felt down and therefore decided not to consume any more news. I wondered what we really need “the news” for, anyway? Who benefits from it? Which interests are involved? Is the news that I see neutral… or is it tainted in a way? My new collection consists of mixed media paintings and objects. The news is the base for my art. Each artwork presents a collage of the news by means of international newspapers. By painting over them, the bad news becomes harder to see. However, the colors I use also represent the colored image of the …

Rituelen en gewoontes van creatieven

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Rituals and habits of creatives Yesterday I received a nice book from someone I love very much and who knows me very well. It’s about rituals and habits of successful artists and creatives. After all, having some kind of rhythm is crucial to being creative, even though this is often the exact opposite of the free and somewhat chaotic characteristics of an artist. I also have such a love-hate relationship with rhythm. I used to believe that all spontaneity and creativity comes from the day and yourself, and I would resist any kind of rhythm. Meanwhile, I really do know better, even though I sometimes need to be reminded. Suddenly here is this book! With the book in my hands I ask myself: what rituals / rhythms do I really have to create successfully? As soon as I stepped into my studio this morning, I knew the first one. It’s …

Letting go!

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Letting go Sometimes things simply arise, without you having a predetermined plan for it. Do you know how liberating this can be? To not stay within the lines, not work according to a plan and staying far away from perfection… The artwork below suddenly came into existence while I was busy creating the paintings for my new collection. It was almost like a gift with a deeper layer. The artwork has a bit of every new painting in it, creating a whole new piece in and of itself. As a matter of fact, it is like the physical connection between the paintings. The mother of the whole. What would it be like, and what gifts would you receive, if you were to let go and let things arise in your life? You might just be surprised, just as I was.  

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