donderdag 14 december 2017

Inspiration from the museum

Museums are a good starting point for inspiration. To see the techniques, themes, styles and colour use of other painters often leads me to new ideas.
This time it was the Singer Museum in Laren. 
An exhibition of paintings made in the art community of Laren.

There were several paintings made by Isaac Israëls, I really like them. He almost always paints people, in a very loose manner and with lovely colour schemes. I love this painting:

Another painting which drew me closer is this painting (picture is a part of the painting) 
by Jan Toorop:

The subject of two girls in local costume near the beach, having a conversation, is interesting.
As well as the technique. Here you see how it was presented in the museum.

dinsdag 5 december 2017

ETSY made local NL: finally some pictures...

The first edition of ETSY made local in the Netherlands was great! 
So nice to see more than 50 shops together (almost 60!) and meet the makers.
The large greenhouse on the edge of the city was filled with visitors, family, friends and sellers.
We had a knitting table, a table for drawing and colouring, there was pizza, coffee and soups.
People were coming and going all day.

dinsdag 14 november 2017

EVENT - Etsy made local in Utrecht November 25th

ETSY made local in the Netherlands!
A handmade and vintage fair in my neighbourhood,
organised by me and my teammates Marijke and Inge,
There are about 60 ETSY-shops presenting their creations and finds,
we have a knitting table, a wrapping-service, coffee from the Babescoffee,
snacks and soup from Abbie's soup and Deining in de kas.

dinsdag 7 november 2017

Mysterious Scotland

Autumn in Scotland was beautiful... 
the evening sun shining over the village of Torridon.

All shades of green in a valley filled with deer:

donderdag 26 oktober 2017

Holiday impression

When I am on holiday, I only make quick sketches or some small watercolour paintings.
I prefer to hike and make lots of pictures.
We spent some weeks in Scotland,
and the autumn colours were amazing. 
Views on lochs and coastlines were beautiful.

And now it is back to work!

maandag 16 oktober 2017

Paper art - CODA museum

Another museum I visited is the CODA museum, 
every two years they host an exhibition for paper artists.

An impression of this year, starting with my favourite:
an artwork made by Miriam Londoño from Colombia,
refering to the refugee crisis,
drawings from pulp paper were pinned to the wall.

This one is made by Kumi Yasmashita from Japan,
first I saw coloured paper, and then I saw the faces.

I am not sure who are the makers of these,
but I liked the sculptures and graphics.

maandag 9 oktober 2017

Traditional Dutch knitwear

Repaired jeans, ripped up jeans,
it seems to be a trend.
In a museum on Dutch history and crafts I saw this made and mended knitwear, 
of original coloured wool,
like they made it in earlier days.
It has a special charm to it, I think.

It was lying there on a chair, in an old farmhouse where they showed the life of a craftswoman.
Here are some pictures: