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-handpicked 'Dutch Accent Gallery Edition'

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)



This miniature sea-painting is sold at Gallery 'Dutch Accent'
if you like to buy another miniature look HERE in the online shop


zaterdag 19 september 2015

no. 1024-handpicked 'Dutch Accent Gallery Edition'

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)




This miniature sea-painting is sold at Gallery 'Dutch Accent'
if you like to buy another miniature look HERE in the online shop

maandag 7 september 2015

no. 1023-handpicked 'Dutch Accent Gallery Edition'



When the sun gets low the road turns blue.


'Blue Road'

You can buy this miniature landscape-painting HERE at Gallery 'Dutch Accent'

maandag 31 augustus 2015

no. 1022 - handpicked 'Dutch Accent Gallery Edition'


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 HERE at Gallery 'Dutch Accent'

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)

donderdag 21 augustus 2014

no.1018

I'm in France again doing a paintingproject on the river Le Grand Morin. But in the meantime like to paint some little mini's from things around my stay. The last time I was here there was a very very old goat lady named Trix which I think deserves a little painting. I love that she had this totally saggy body with sagging hooves but still she was so happy of mind.


'On The Eternal Grazing Fields'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)


dinsdag 1 juli 2014

no.1017

Some of you might remember why I like to send you a miniature with flowers on the first of july, it’s to remember a very special person and of course to celebrate life at the same time. This is an impression of a cornfield with flowers in France. Hope we all have a great summer!

'Fieldtrip To Remember'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch






zaterdag 3 mei 2014

no.1016

A last view from the hill in Lauzerte, France.
My paintingproject there has stopped, but it was a big succes. 
If you like to know what it was all about take a look HERE

'Point de Vue'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


zondag 27 april 2014

no. 1015


Meet Pepa the sister of Pancho. When Pepa hears saying 'shall I tickle you'? Then she poses with attentive ears, and a hopeful-twincle in her eyes.


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



Pepa is also no. 27 in the Happy France project

dinsdag 22 april 2014

no.1014

Here is the lovely Pancho, 
a very kind French dog with a Spanish name.



'Pancho'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 



Pancho is also no.22 in the Happy France Project

maandag 21 april 2014

no.1013

Did you look for Bertje on painting 19 of the Happy France project? Well here he is up close. This little rascal ran away a few days ago and came back late in the night, totally exhausted. It took him two days to come to his senses, but here he is, all fit again.

'Rascal Bertje'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


This painting is also no.21 


dinsdag 8 april 2014

no. 1012

This is the pigeonnier Villebourgon. It's a perfect place in which I'm living during my 'artist in residence stay' in France. In this area of Lauzerte there are more dovecotes. Before the french revolution it was only held for 'Les Seigneurs' to have a dovecote. After 1789 everybody could build one. 

If you would like to have a lovely holiday in this pigeonnier in Tarn-et-Garonne look on the website gites.eu for information or look HERE


'Le Pigeonnier de Villebourgon'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


This is also day no. 08 in my Happy France project, I'm painting there the whole month of April. If you would like to receive paintings from France every day in the month of April you can subscribe for free HERE



vrijdag 7 februari 2014

no.1011

May I introduce you to the lovely...

'Miss Nikita C'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)


zaterdag 1 februari 2014

no.1010

To celebrate the love for music
'Master Bart's Voice'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)


woensdag 15 januari 2014

no. 1009

Around the same time last year we were able to wallow in the genuine 'winterfeeling'. I mean; sticky white snow, low temperatures and even some ice on the canals. I'm actually quite ready for it again. Are you?

'Skating Into Happyness'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm (2x2"inch)


Rond deze tijd vorig jaar konden we ons wentelen in het echte wintergevoel, dikke plaksneeuw, kou en zelfs ijs op de sloten. Ik heb er eigenlijk wel weer zin in. En jij?
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