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:

maandag 22 mei 2017

On my desk

Sharpies, sketchbook, paint and coffee!

Playing around with different subjects, 
I like to work on 1 subject, for instance rabbits, 
and then use different techniques to make multiple versions: 
you practice techniques and stimulate creativity 
and look at the subject in different ways.

maandag 15 mei 2017

Bring some flowers in your home

Field flowers for our home!
Here it is every type of weather: sun, cold, rain, wind and then sun,
so you have to treasure the sunny moments
and make your home feel cosy...

maandag 8 mei 2017

My own design on fabric and wallpaper

I have always been rather graphic in my drawings,
and printing fabric was always something of interest to me.
And now there is this company Motiflow which makes this possible.
So I uploaded several designs and had fun just sketching around for more ideas:

Everybody can buy my designs on their website,
which is great!

maandag 1 mei 2017

Dutch skies

Dutch sky and landscape in April can look like this:

Inspiration for painters, "Dutch Masters".

maandag 24 april 2017

Portrait exercise

I had some paper left, and decided to draw the live model in small portraits.
The format of the paper brought these results:

First a blind contour drawing, and then making it more and more realistic or graphic.

dinsdag 18 april 2017

Pink in the garden

Nature is bursting with flowers: our garden is filled with them, and is now mostly yellow and pink.
See these pink ones, soft and bright:

dinsdag 11 april 2017

One week later... in the studio

I worked on the painting some more,
you need to take the time to focus and paint,
which was not so easy this week.

I am not sure whether I think it is finished, 
maybe I'll take out my crayons and give some more depth...
but I always need a little courage for this...

maandag 3 april 2017

In the studio...

In between lessons and clearing out, I started this painting:
Work in progress - ZIZOlabel

And this is a shot of my desk top:

I love being creative!

maandag 27 maart 2017

Graphic forms of plants

In the botanical gardens of Utrecht University they have a small room where they keep fossiles and conserve roots of all sorts of plants. Inspiring all those graphic forms... 
I will go again to study them some more.

maandag 20 maart 2017

Spring flower overload

Spring flowers are blooming into a natural carpet in the gardens here,
only for a short time, but really beautiful...
Colour combination: grey, white, violet, orange and green
This could become a painting...

maandag 13 maart 2017

Stunning sunset

Driving home I saw the sun setting so beautifully, 
that I decided to stop the car and take some time to take pictures.
This is one of the lakes close to our home, 
there was only one boat far away on the lake (it is the dot on the left of the third picture :)).
REMINDER: take time to enjoy what you see!

woensdag 1 maart 2017

Winter in Holland

A couple of weeks ago we were surprised with snow. 
Waking up early I went for a hike in the forest with my camera. 
Breathtaking, this fresh snow on a morning walk,
and so nice to hear the sound of snow under your feet.

I only met two other enthusiasts... to be alone was magical too.