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 LondoƱo 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:

maandag 2 oktober 2017

Castle fair

Castle fair, September, Sypesteyn, the Netherlands.

I love the gardens around castles,
so was happy to spend a day on the art fair with my paintings and drawings:

maandag 25 september 2017


Autumn has arrived, and so have the mushrooms:
In all colours, see these purple ones:

Or camouflage brown:

And the one of  the fairy tales:

maandag 11 september 2017

Time flies

In April I was working on this painting, before the renovation of the studio,
I am looking forward to the time to be painting again.
Maybe the end of this month... yeah!

Painting in progress, ZIZOlabel

donderdag 7 september 2017

Quick drawing by heart

Made some quick drawings in my sketchbook,
just let imagination and impressions come out of your pen.
Often quite surprising...

vrijdag 25 augustus 2017

I love ETSY

I love the ETSY-platform for makers,
the world can now see my paintings,
and it has led to some really nice local contacts.
With our local team we are now working together to organize an event,
visiting city studios, creative hubs...
I love making, and I love the craftmanship.

Here is my shop on Etsy. 

dinsdag 22 augustus 2017

Jungle garden

Fruit harvesting continues... after raspberry's and black berries, now pears and apples are on their way.
Hey, the grapes are almost ready as well:

It has been very busy, so I could not spend so much time in our garden, and it has turned into a wild flower jungle! I left it to the insects and bees.... which is okay for this year, I just don't have the time.
In the front you see some beetroots I planted... snowed in by weed and flowers.

donderdag 10 augustus 2017

Fruits in abundance

Pfew, fruit harvesting time!

August is the time when all fruit is ready to be harvested: apples, pears and berries.
So hard at work in our garden.

maandag 7 augustus 2017

Staying put...

I read a nice article about long-term views and contributing to the place where you live,
very inspirational,
so therefore:

made with watercolour and permanent marker

donderdag 3 augustus 2017

Holiday is...

Making art together :).

Ingredients: time, inspiration (cats and meadows), 
one watercolour paintbox (#winsorandnewton),
several brushes and paper.

maandag 31 juli 2017

maandag 10 juli 2017

Life at the beach

Endless views, wind, sand, sea-birds,
it is nice to be at a quiet beach.

Ha, you see the shadow flying by?

two shellducks

zaterdag 8 juli 2017

Dutch tiles no. 2

Earlier I wrote a blog on Dutch tiles which I found in the city.
This time I went to an old bakery and saw these lovely floor tiles.
Sometimes these old floors are demolished, but fortunately we also 
have some salvage hunters here in the Netherlands and they collect and re-sell these floors.

On the last photo you see the oven, and the blue and white checkered clothing,
which is a typical baker costume.

dinsdag 27 juni 2017

Hello colours!

 Nature's colours: slowly they are turning to another season...

I have made these bracelets, hand-knit from cotton, bit of the same colours.
But here it is still summer and we are enjoying it! Autumn has to wait for a bit...

maandag 19 juni 2017

On my desk in June...

On my small desk are watercolours, pen and pencil and coffee :).
So this is the start of my drawing...

And here is the end result! It is a kind of a self-portrait I think 
(for lack of another live model...).

woensdag 14 juni 2017

Inspiration diy

I saw this fellow at IKEA, I love these diy toys/puppets,
they make me laugh.
I could make dozens of these but you know... where would you leave them,
especially when your housemates do not appreciate them...
It would be great to make a series for a hospital or something.

vrijdag 2 juni 2017

Fun with owls

I have been drawing owls,
this one is rather sweet:

Owl by ZIZOlabel, all rights reserved.

maandag 29 mei 2017

Sun, water, beach

Summer-temperatures here,
so I've been going to the waterside,
enjoying fun, family, wind and water.

A small watercolour drawing: