Last year I joined the 100days project in 2018 with faces. I had really fun with it and I succeeded to make 100 faces. So this year I was a bit more ambitieus. I wanted to make 100 faces again but only of famous Dutch women. I wanted to paint them with watercolor. No digital faces. And I want to write a little biography of these women. You can find them on my instagram account
I was very excited and motivated when I started. Convinced that I could make a 100. Well by now I guess you know I failed… That make me think about my creating process. I love to start a new project, a new technique and I sometimes I make wild plans for series. But often I loss my interest halfway and find it hard to finish the project.
I know that of myself so I only start a project when I’m convinced that I want to finish it. And now I disappointed myself. I could make more of these faces. But my first rule of making art is that I really want to make it. Not for the result but for the joy of playing. And I know it shows when I don’t have fun while making it.
So that make me think what is the motivation to make art for me. One very important reason is being curious, what will happen if…. So the moment I know the technique or I know how my painting(s) will look, I have to motivate myself to finish it. When it is almost finished it is not too hard. But with these ladies, 79 to go…. you understand…
I guess that’s why I love to take lessons to discover new ways of making art. I want to surprise myself. I find that the greatest joy of making art. To start and not knowing what the end result will be. That is what happened with this painting/collage, I started making stains and now it is a kind of story.
Do you know what your motivation is for making art? I’m really curious about that. Please leave a comment. Thanks!
This week I made houses in an excellent lesson by Carla Sonheim. They ought to be open like dollhouses. The chambers are open and you can see all there is in the house. I made twelve mini houses.
I had fun searching, cutting and pasting. Adding lines was very satisfying. I fell in love with the farm with haystack (fourth upper left) and was happy. While scanning them and editing them in Photoshop I realize that all the houses have doors and they are not open at all.
So my art tells me that at this moment I have difficulties with being open. I want a door that I can close. Interesting…and I do recognize that. I feel a bit vulnerable these days. Without these houses I wouldn’t think about myself like that. I wouldn’t be aware that I have to take care of myself.
The next fun part was to make a big dollhouse. I printed familyphotos that I wanted to use. And I paid extra attention to make it an open house. Both houses where not easy but it was fun to make and I added some of the family photo’s who fitted the best. I was happy with them when they were finished. Until I realized with a shock that in both houses which contains pieces of my actual house and therefore are my houses my mother appeared.
I don’t want my mother in my house. You can see a house as metaphor of who you are. I didn’t think about that while making it. So it surprised me. I know I have to do some work literally and figuratively. That is what my art tells me. I will probably paste a photo of me over my mother. And may be give my mother her own house. It will take some time.
That is so strong about art! It tells you things about yourself that you don’t notice if you don’t take the time for it. And the most wonderful thing is that I believe that you are the greatest expert yourself to see what your art is telling you! When you are not sure or you don’t see it you can ask someone you really trust to look with you. You will learn to be the expert.
For #marchmeetthemaker2019 I made an Instagram post and it was very satisfying to collage a closed house where I have my own spot while being creative.
I finally finished my 30-daily Minimies. You can read about the start in this post.
I didn’t manage to do every day an illustration. It was much harder than the Robins. I don’t know why. So I made the last ones only when I was inspired. I really like this one I made after a visit at the Talens Experience in Apeldoorn. I was there on a day about Fiep Westendorp. I red two books about her work and noticed that there were some similarities in her work and my Minimie. (I don’t want to compare myself with her!) So I tried to make a Minimie in Fieps style with her dog Knor.
And I like Minimie dressed up as Pippi Longstocking. I love Pippi!
And this are all the 30 Mimimies. You can also find them on Instagram where you can see them better. What shall I do with them?
So many people do art challenges. I love to see them. And so I wanted a challenge for myself. But it had to be one that was fun and doable. I love robins, I see and hear them on a daily base when I walk with my dog. So I challenged myself to make 30 robins. The colors should match but that was easy because I used more or less the natural colors of a robin. And I want them in a square. I have to say these parameters arose during the making. Most challenges are 30 … in 30 days but I was afraid to put the pressure to hard so I decided to take as long as I need.
But I did 30 robins in 30 days, it was fun and I really enjoyed it! Also because my followers on Instagram and my friends on FaceBook where enthusiastic. And I love applause and support!
You can see an election robin which I made on election day in the Netherlands. I did two singing robins, I tried a Mondriaan robin. One is a photo I made last year, I edited the photo on Photoshop. You can find my thumb print, a garden robin and a embroidered robin. I have to confess I did that one with a marker on paper but is was so much fun to make the pattern for which I lent a photo from the internet. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
I even sold this Robin to a woman whose name is Robin, isn’t that cool! I love that name for a woman.
And a very dear friend made a mug with the robins for me! I love it!
These are my favourite robins, do you have a favourite?
For the art club ‘Twee Taartjes’ I made a painting of Alice Neel. I saw a documentary about her life and it was not an easy life. Despite everything that happens in her life she kept on painting in her own way. I admire her for that.
Her oldest daughter died very young and I can imagine that this sad episode was always in her mind the rest of her life. So I wanted to take that as the subject for the painting. And I used this photo as a reference. It is Alice with her oldest daughter. Later in her life she had three more children.
I made a video from the process of the making. You can see how I wrestle with the composition and with making a realistic painting. The moment I decided to do it on my own way I had fun was able to finish the painting.
Print ze op 200 gr wit papier, knip ze uit, een gaatje erin en een leuk touwtje of lintje en je hebt heel originele cadeau labels.
Because I only give presents on the 5th december with Sinterklaas, I also made free downloadable gift labels for that celebration. I love the song: See the moon is shining through the tree’s. And I love watching the moon at night through the tree branches.
Hope you like them and I wish you a great Sinterklaas this year! Veel plezier met Sinterklaas!
For the first time in my live I made Christmas gift tags. We don’t give presents at Christmas, we give them at Sinterklaas. (5th december)
In the last illustration lesson (illustration studio Claudi & Valesca) the assignment was to make Christmas gift tags en make a PDF so you can give them away. I love that idea! So I hope you give presents at Christmas and I hope I can make you happy with these free tags.
You can download them here. And print them on 200 gr/m2 white paper. You only need a scissors or a cutting machine to cut them. And off course a fancy string to finish it off nicely.
Thanks to Valesca van Waveren who designed the template of the tags. I changed them a bit but is was so great to know what to do!
For the creative and curious, this is what I did. I started with little pieces of leftovers (from the moth stamp) to make nine little christmas tree stamps. I glued the stamps on cupboard, made prints. They needed a bit of something and I draw trees over the stamps with a marker.
I made four ‘analoge’ tags too, you can see them on my instagram account together with other interesting stuff.
You know me, I couldn’t stop. So I made a pattern in three colors with Photoshop. You can order them as fabric or paper at Motiflow.