maandag 28 maart 2011

Pray for Japan

While we are here enjoying the warmth of spring, Japan is facing its tragedy... Today another earthquake... I am glad we can show some sign of support by making something creative for the Japanese Red Cross. I send in my invitation, a heart balloon sending lots of love to Japan. Check the site of Omstebeurt - een nieuw avontuur to see all the artworks which have already been collected!

donderdag 24 maart 2011

Pray for Japan

I'm joining "Pray for Japan", an initiative to raise money for the people in Japan. Corine wrote about this charity exhibition. A small publisher called Paumes will be organizing a creative exhibition in Tokyo in April to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross.

You can also participate!
See for more information the blog of Omstebeurt, Martine is coordinating this for the Netherlands.

zaterdag 12 maart 2011

Friday - making day

Heather Moore from South Africa introduced me to her Friday - Making Day. For her business skinny laminx she tries to have a creative making day each Friday and then shows her results.
Well yesterday was one of mine. Together with a friend I started on the preparation for a workshop I will be giving. And this is my result:

Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of my friend's result, totally different but with a nice story to it.

>>> Onwards to more Making Day's!

woensdag 9 maart 2011

Spring flowers

Time is going quickly, so nice to have some sunny days at last... I went out into our garden, curious to see whether some flowers would already show. And yes, here they are:

The white-violet pattern of stripes is pretty impressive, certainly when you look closely. The yellow of the last picture is so soft, nice!

dinsdag 1 maart 2011

A Drawing A Day..: reflections

The month February is over, and my project ends here. At least online, I think. I really enjoy drawing and I discovered that my fantasy is being stimulated by drawing each day. So my intention is to continue drawing in a sketchbook, finding a sort of structure/style.

What I really like about drawing is:
- you don't need a lot of materials, even a scrap piece of paper (I used a French muesli-package) and a pen is enough to get going. You'll get inventive in combining different materials to see what effect they have.
- having one base or theme as a drawing and then making various versions of it stimulates your vision and thoughts on an object: "What if I use one line, what if I make it in colours, what if I make an abstract version?"

Frustrations are my own expectations, you want to draw something in a sort of style and you can't get your hand to do it. Or your hand is stuttering, as if it does not want to draw the line fluently. You make mistakes, that's it, and you have to accept them and start again.

Today's drawing is one of the exercises Carla Sonheim has in her book "Drawing Lab". She did a video for the Etsy Lab, you find it on her website. I think I am pleased with the result of this really funny and weird looking bird. Thanks Carla!
And thank you readers for joining me in this project!