maandag 1 augustus 2016

no.1046

I remember eating a fig for the first time. I did not like it a bit. It was a dried fig, in a dull brown colour scheme with hard seeds inside. As a child I was very sensitive and I could be quite picky, especially with food. But what a whole different experience it was eating a fresh fig for the first time. Really fresh, plucked myself directly from a tree in France. The somewhat tougher eatable skin and its juicy interior, with it’s fresh light sweet taste. That combination of solid and soft. The beautiful outside colour from deep purple to green, and inside from purple to velvety red with little yellow seeds. Yes I admit, now I am a fan, specially when I can pick them myself from a sunlit tree. 

Do you have a fruit which you later come to appreciate?


'Fresh Fig'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

if you like you can BUY this painting HERE
special memberprice only from 13 september till 18 september!

maandag 18 juli 2016

no.1045


What if you had a garden with fresh figs hanging on the tree? I don't have a garden and there is a fig-tree in the green near my studio but it does not wear eatable figs.
But these figs are from a lucky lady who has it all, and I was lucky to visit her and paint the figs before I ate them:-)


'Figs On A Plate'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

you can buy these juicy figs HERE

*This one is currently on display at flowershop Antoesa Amsterdam

maandag 4 juli 2016

no.1044

This one is a special edition, I made it to celebrate my exhibition of freshly made French paintings. It's fun to paint food, especially abroad. It is as if you have a closer look on everything and as a painter the whole fun of what I do is already zooming in on everything I encounter.

The artichoke is like an art object with its uniform structure of sturdy shells that, like scales of an armadillo, neatly fall over each other. It has a hard stinging exterior and a very soft little heart tucked safely inside. That in itself seems to be a methaphor for the way many people live their lives. Hardened, armed even by all the events that took place in growing up but mostly with the same soft, loving heart like when you were a baby.

Let's try to open up a little today, and show your surrounding a glimpse of your tender inside.


'Arti-Chock' 
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"

This little painting will be a gift for one of the lucky visitors of the French Connection Exhibition in Amsterdam. So consider it...


maandag 27 juni 2016

no.1043

A horse with such blue eyes, and two totally different faces. One side white and one side almost black. What an honor to paint this noble mister. 

'Ali - Alcazar'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)


Not only was Alcazar painted by me, 
but he also gave a message to his human-lady through Ineke van Lier. 
Would you like to know more on this or
would you like to have your pet painted too?


Have a look over HERE

maandag 20 juni 2016

no.1042

Let's meet up with Nika for the third time. Although she is no longer in our world she is certainly not gone or forgotten. Nika has a strong connection with her lady and maybe that's why she showed herself in so many different ways. Because her lady is a woman with many different sides too. 

Today I would like to show to you her brave side. Most of the time she likes to keep life plain and simple, just enjoying the little things. But at the same time she is also ready to explore the world. Although she is easily set off by loud noises she is way to curious for new things to keep her in one place.



'Inquisitive And Adventuresome'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)


This is a commisioned miniature, 
would you like to have your pet painted too?

Have a look over HERE

maandag 13 juni 2016

no.1041

Let's meet with Nika again. She has a special bond with her human lady. Although she is no longer in our world she is certainly not gone or forgotten. Nika has a strong connection with her lady and maybe that's why she showed herself in so many different ways. Because her lady is a woman with many different sides too. 

Today I would like to show you her wise and tender side. If you look deeply in her eyes you can see she probably knows how to gauge your mood before you do it yourself.




'Loving and Lovable'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)


This is a commisioned miniature, 
would you like to have your pet painted too?

Have a look over HERE

maandag 6 juni 2016

no.1040

Let's meet with Nika. She has a special bond with her human lady. Although she is no longer in our world she is certainly not gone or forgotten. Nika has a strong connection with her lady and maybe that's why she showed herself in so many different ways. Because her lady is a woman with many different sides too. Today I would like to show you her vulnerable side. Always caring for others but she also first likes to, see which way the cat jumps, so to say.


'Thoughtful And Attentive'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)


This is a commisioned miniature, 
would you like to have your pet painted too?

Have a look over HERE

donderdag 2 juni 2016

no.1039

What a power is there to see in her eyes. Gentle, wise and on top of that, this lady has a look that's certainly dachshund worthy ;-) If you remember what I said about dachshunds before HERE.
Let me introduce you to the very special...


'Jetje'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)


This is a commisioned miniature, 
would you like to have your pet painted too?

Have a look over HERE

maandag 30 mei 2016

no.1038

Sometimes you feel the urge to look back in your life. Past memories, friends and loved ones who are no longer here. Actions or choices you might make differently now. It can be necessary to put things in perspective and learn from your past. But don't stay on memory-lane to long. Your life is happening right now, right here. And remember, always look back with love. Love for everything and everyone that came your way, even if it was not easy at the time. Thus it can bring you strength in your present moment. Enjoy your day!



'Looking Back In Love'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)



maandag 23 mei 2016

no.1037

Don't you simply have to smile when you see this dachshund girl with her wild hair. She has the same warm eyes as her human. In fact it was as if I saw her human appearing every now and then while painting. Warm and a bit melancholy too maybe but that's what happens if your highly sensitive. To me that's a good thing. Although this little dog-girl is no longer here her energy is still vivid enough. Let me introduce you to...


'Puck'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)


This is a commisioned miniature, 
would you like to have your pet painted too?

Have a look over HERE

maandag 16 mei 2016

no.1036

Dachshunds are very smart and stubborn animals, everyone knows that. But sometimes they are quite shy too, though they can act a little tough to cover it...
May I introduce you to the lovely...

'Flo'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2" inch)



This is a commisioned miniature, 
would you like to have your pet painted too?
Have a look over HERE

maandag 9 mei 2016

no.1035

Look at you, parrot tulips in various colours. The way you are still standing strong. Some of you already lost your petals and most of you are on the verge of being totally overblown. But to me you look stunningly beautiful.

"Overblown Tulips In The Sun'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)

If you like to buy this miniature look HERE


maandag 2 mei 2016

no.1034

Can you make a portrait of a garden,a tree, a pond? I've tried. What appealed to me most was the little tree by the pond which somewhat resembles a bonsai, especially painted in this size. But also a cute mini pool for birds caught my attention. In the first mini this got the spotlight and, in the second mini the tree has been featured.
All in all, they both became almost abstract.

Wondering, which one appeals to you most?

Did you know a Bonsai has all sorts of profound symbolism in Japan?
They convey the symbols of harmony, peace, balance and all that is good.

The same I wish for you this Monday!

'Bonsai at the Pond'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)



no.1033

Can you make a portrait of a garden,a tree, a pond? I've tried. What appealed to me most was the little tree by the pond which somewhat resembles a bonsai, especially painted in this size. But also a cute mini pool for birds caught my attention. In the first mini this got the spotlight and, in the second mini the tree has been featured.

All in all, they both became almost abstract.
Wondering, which one appeals to you most?

Did you know a Bonsai has all sorts of profound symbolism in Japan?
They convey the symbols of harmony, peace, balance and all that is good.

The same I wish for you this Monday!

no.1033 - 'Bird Pool at the Pond'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch










maandag 25 april 2016

no.1032

Some people like to travel, some people love to travel and some people are born to travel around the globe.


Jean is such a person, a man who is rarely at home, or maybe it's more likely he feels at home everywhere.
The nice thing about it is that he lets us also enjoy his travels by his great photography.

On one of his trips he went to an Island and showed his 'before breakfast view'. I immediately fell in love with it. Although it was a picture I could very easily imagine the sound of tropical birds, the soft rustle of the palm trees in the distance and perhaps an even more distant murmur of breaking waves muffled by the early morning fog.

Hope this miniature gives you the same sensation of lively quietness and vibrant peace. I'm looking for this kind of feeling here in France.

A bientôt!



'Cape Verde by Jean'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)



if you like you can find Jean on facebook HERE




maandag 18 april 2016

no.1031

It's monday again, let's start our week happy with a cat named Snoopy.

Snoopy is a bit shy, so please be gentle with her:-)
If the house is full of visitors, she rather walks to the neighbors for a quit moment. But ultimately she prefers home.

And don't we all?
Leaving your home for a journey is so much fun, and as a bonus when you return you appreciate your home all over again.

It's that way for me. So today I'm flying to France, to paint and enjoy the scenery. I will post some things on facebook and maybe sent a painting by e-mail once in a while. But on mondays there will be happy mini's.

A bientot!


'Snoopy'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)


dinsdag 12 april 2016

no.1030

Today is an encore, a close up from yesterday's Boefje.
In her eyes you can see the whole universe and maybe more, curious if you agree?



'Universe In Your Eye'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)


maandag 11 april 2016

no.1029



I guess if you follow the happy miniatures for a while you know by now I love to paint animals.

Most of the times when I'm asked to paint a portret of somebody's animalfriend, I get a certain feeling while painting.
It feels like direct communication with the soul of the animal, it's kind of a meditative state we are in. Me and my model.

While painting Boefje I felt so much love and a certain shyness, as if she felt a bit overwhelmed by the attention of a painted portret.

There is always a sudden moment I can feel the portret is ready and the essence of somebody is captured. It's as if I'm guided and wake up to see what 'we' have created.

Personally I love to look in the eyes of this enchanting creature called 'Boefje' I hope you do too.
And hé, maybe today we can try to see the world with the same loving look and find out it changes our perspective in a good way.



acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)
'Boefje'



maandag 4 april 2016

no. 1028

This yellow butterfly is calling to you if you are in need for some joy and lightness. If it's important to you to feel your 'self' stronger. If you want to attract some self-love so to say.

Yes you love your children and your partner and your friends. But now is the time to love You!
This butterfly helps you to make self-love feel as a light-effort-thing to do.
You feel the connection with your higher self every time you look at the almost golden wings of this 'Phoebis Argante Argante'
It tells you: "No need to become 'perfect' because you already are perfect just the way you are now."




'Phoebis Argante Argante'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


maandag 22 februari 2016

no.1027

Thought I was looking at you,
and I do,
but all this time it seems
I'm looking at me too.

'Lewis Looking In The Mirror'
(acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2")


zondag 6 december 2015

no.1026

This is Antje, she is a cute young little doggie girl. Her first house was in Amsterdam, with Tedje a cute young little human girl. Unfortunately Antje could not get used to a place in the big city where she had to be alone some times. Luckily now she has a new home with more outside space and more people to keep her company. But you can imagine there is one human girl by the name of Tedje that misses her so much everyday. Today it's Tedje's 8th birthday and this painting might bring these two girls back together just a little bit. 
Happy Birthday Tedje!


'Antje'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


zondag 20 september 2015

no. 1025

Nature can show you so many faces. And if you are willing to look, it mirrors you more clearly the way your world turns. A lot of turmoil but ease if you really see. Near the sea it's so much easier to clear your head and fill up your heart. Try to enjoy a mindful moment outside every day.

'Rough Sky Gentle Sea'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)







zaterdag 19 september 2015

no. 1024

What a beautiful combination, the yellows of the sand and the blues of the sea, not to mention the different greys of the clouds. Just a treasured moment at the beach.


'Yellow Sand'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)







maandag 7 september 2015

no. 1023



When the sun gets low the road turns blue.


'Blue Road'

You can buy this miniature landscape-painting

maandag 31 augustus 2015

no. 1022


Sometimes you can combine the good with the good. 'Dog-sitting' in France and painting the view when you are taking her for a walk. It was dog/goat/sheep/rabbit/chicken and guinea-pig-sitting to be honest and I loved it. Life can feel so nice and simple on the countryside. But living in Amsterdam is also great and driving back home I saw some pretty views too. Like to share this one with you.


'On The Way Back Home'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

You can buy this miniature landscape-painting 

vrijdag 21 augustus 2015

no. 1021

Doesn't everybody love the sea? It's the perfect place to meditate while listening to the breaking of the waves. You might just go there to settle an argument, because all of your anger just vanishes into the windy sky. Or even better, celebrate life on a beautiful day, watching the foamy water touching the glittering wet sand. Do you have a favorite moment to visit the beach?


'Shiny Beach'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


vrijdag 6 februari 2015

no. 1020


Dutch Winter.
Despite the fact we have a rather small country, we manage to divide it in ordinary winter weather on one side, and a snowy wonderland on the other.
Pretty special, isn't it?





no 1020 "Winterwonderland'

acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch






maandag 25 augustus 2014

no.1019

Here she is up close
'The Goat Trix'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)

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