maandag 12 juni 2017

no.1103

Today throw your sorrows in the wind, even the little ones, give yourself a serene start of the day.


And let me invite you to a new joyous event I'm joining ARTZAANSTAD.
I will show totally new (big) work there so if you are curious please pay us a visit next weekend.
You can read all about it HERE and HERE 

Have a joyful week!
With Love Lies




'Joy is portable,
bring it with you' 
:-)


'Wonderful Windflowers'

acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch





maandag 5 juni 2017

no.1102


Outside my atelier I walked upon this little feathered creature. I was a bit surprised because there was no movement what soever. At first I thought it maybe was a stuffed specimen. Especially when I could approach so close and there was still no motion to see.


But no. He or she was for real. A young blackbird. Maybe she did not learn to be afraid of people yet. Mother Blackbird on the other hand was very anxious hipping at the top of the fence.
I am curious when the fear in the young bird will kick in.
Surely hope never, at least not for me:-)
I love feathered friends

Wish you a week with no fear, just love
With Love Lies


'Love is
what we

were born with.
Fear is
what we
learned here' 
Marianne Williamson


 'Young Blackbirdie'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch




maandag 29 mei 2017

no.1101

Todays miniature shows you the north-sea-regatta we witnessed in Scheveningen. At first we just thought "wow" so many people sailing today haha.

And to be honoust I've had no idea what so ever about who won or what the main goal of this competition is. But it sure looked impressive.

Life, of course, is never a race, but sometimes it's fun to enter a contest.
You might remember one of my larger paintings is selected for zomerexpo and is on display and for sale at a Dutch Museum de Fundatie. 
(To be precise my work is in the garden room (Tuinzaal) at the Castle Nijenhuis in Heino if you would like to visit)

But there is also a contest for the public's favorite and I would love to win that of course:-)

Please vote for me if you like. With this link you can vote and see the big painting at the same time. Thank you so much!


Have a 'fortunate' week
With Love Lies




'Life is'nt a race,
find joy in your journey
and that way
win every day' 


'North Sea Regatta in Scheveningen'

acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


maandag 22 mei 2017

no.1100

Waterlily's like the lotus have their roots firmly entrenched in the mud and their beautiful flowers lightly floating on the water surface.

They close their pretty heads every evening as the light fades and open up fresh and frivolous at dawn. That's why they can be seen as a symbol of rebirth and second chances.

I like this symbolic meaning and I believe in second, third or even fourth chances. And  I will keep on stating it's important to never give up on your dream.

Several years ago I visited museum de Fundatie /kasteel het Nijenhuis. I fell in love with the natural surrounding and the way the art was shown in this castle. I secretly wished to hang there with my art, but I did not even paint at that time. This Wednesday this dream will come true! 

My painting 'What Lies Beneath' (100x100cm) is being exhibited from the 24th of may till the 20th of august in museum de fundatie/kasteel Nijenhuis. 
It feels kind of festive, just as it feels festive that today I painted no. 1100 of the miniature project. One little step at the time and believing it's possible will get you almost anywhere you want.

What is your dream?

Have a week full of dreams and believing
With Love Lies



'Don't think dreaming is a waste of time, 
for dreams are our realities in waiting. 
In dreams we plant the seeds of our future' 



 'Lily Of The Pond'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch



maandag 8 mei 2017

no.1099

You probably know walking is good for you. It strengthens your heart, lowers disease risk, gives you energy, helps you lose weight and best of all walking makes you happy. It's the best medicine for a mild case of depression.


If you walk outside every day for about 30 minutes you also boost your vitamin D and that's something your bones and immune system will love.

Strolling down the beach and feeling the sand between your toes is my absolute favorite. It's like a free foot massage. That together with smelling the sea and all of the above advantages makes me wonder why I don't go there every day:-)

Have a healthy week

With Love Lies


'Always keep a little
beach day in your heart'


'Barefoot At The Beach'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"


maandag 1 mei 2017

no.1098

Just living is not enough, said the butterfly,

one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.
 ~Hans Christian Andersen



With Love Lies



'Flying High'

acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


maandag 24 april 2017

no.1097

Apple blossom what a joy!
This year all of my favorite models seem to blossom at the same time. The blossoms of course but also magnolia, rhododendron, ranunculus, anemone, tulips and I spotted the peony too. Keeps me busy and I like it.
I am painting a larger apple blossom and made a small one on the side for you to blossom away this week.


P.s if you are interested, I will put the bigger painting 
on Facebook and INSTAGRAM soon.


With Love Lies


'Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.' Marcel Proust

'Apple Blossom'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


maandag 17 april 2017

no.1096

I would like to tell you about a friend,

she looks like an angel to me, and she feels like one too.
She does not have wings that I can see
and only wears her halo on special occasions;-)

I guess you could say she is an everyday woman living a simple life.
But she has a big heart and memorable qualities. 
If she is angry for example she can let it storm.
But if she is happy she will let the sun shine.
She touches my heart and soul in a special way.

If you have friends like that cherish them, and try to be one too.
(except for the storm-part that is;-)

Happy Easter
With Love Lies


'Friends are Angels
that lift us to our Feet
when our Wings have trouble
remembering how to Fly'



'Angelic Friend'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch



maandag 10 april 2017

no. 1095


Look into my eyes, what do you see
Is it you that is helping me
or is it me that is helping you
by carrying you into your heart

I present myself being small and insecure
vulnerable not weak
because I know you recognize me
and so
we will both grow stronger

With Love Lies


'I am a student
of whoever
I can learn from'
Rashad Evans


 'Acces To A Deeper Field'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

maandag 3 april 2017

no. 1094



Sometimes an animal enters our life with a special reason, in fact I believe mostly they do.


Maybe they come in to open your heart, like my dog Raf did for me long time ago. Or they teach you to play more in life, enjoy cuddling, or go outside and explore the world. And how wonderful it is to see a kid build up self-confidence with a loyal pet-friend on his or her side.

The fun part is, you think you pick your pet, but they just as much choose you. It's an energetic interaction.

It might even take less then a few weeks to get a bond and discover new knowledge on yourself. That's the way it went with dog Tommie en his family. They got the insight that you can't fill up a void but you can accept it for what it is and transform it into something new. It was not easy because of earlier loss but after a short while they parted ways.

Tommie went on to another family to share his wisdom. But he also remains the dog of his first friends. Not in a physical way but in their hearts he will stay. 

A nice thought to start this week with. Nothing you hold dear is ever really lost, it always comes back to you in another form.

Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.

With Love Lies

'Let your faith be 
bigger than your fear'


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



zondag 2 april 2017

no.1093

Sometimes an animal enters our life with a special reason, in fact I believe mostly they do.


Maybe they come in to open your heart, like my dog Raf did for me long time ago. Or they teach you to play more in life, enjoy cuddling, or go outside and explore the world. And how wonderful it is to see a kid build up self-confidence with a loyal pet-friend on his or her side.

The fun part is, you think you pick your pet, but they just as much choose you. It's an energetic interaction.

It might even take less then a few weeks to get a bond and discover new knowledge on yourself. That's the way it went with dog Tommie en his family. They got the insight that you can't fill up a void but you can accept it for what it is and transform it into something new. It was not easy because of earlier loss but after a short while they parted ways.

Tommie went on to another family to share his wisdom. But he also remains the dog of his first friends. Not in a physical way but in their hearts he will stay. 

A nice thought to start this week with. Nothing you hold dear is ever really lost, it always comes back to you in another form. You can rely on that, just keep faith

With Love Lies


'You can grieve
but have faith... 
Anything you lose 
comes round 
in another form.'

Jalaluddin Rumi


 'Tommie'

acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


maandag 27 maart 2017

no. 1092

The most lovable sign of spring is seeing butterflies again. They need sunny weather. When the sun shines, they can absorb solar heat with their wings, to warm up and fly.


Butterflies are light and frivolous the way they flutter from flower to flower. It's a joyous sight. They simply enjoy life so it seems. Makes me smile always.

To enter spring I've painted a butterfly for you today. It's one from South-America and usually when they rest they will sit upside down in a high tree. I like their graphic pattern a lot. The male can make a cracking noise, although nobody knows what it's used for. That's how they got their name.

Hope we get to enjoy lots of sun this week, 
With Love Lies




'A butterfly
counts not months
but moments,
and always has time enough'




 'Flying Blue Cracker'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


maandag 20 maart 2017

no. 1091

*Note to self


If you feel good or if you feel sad, if you feel tired, energetic, doubtful, secure, proud or ashamed. Alone or together, or any other emotion. Just feel it all the way. It's there for a reason.

And then realize...
Amazing things will happen.
expect it, be ready, rejoice over it.

Enjoy your week!
With Love Lies


Amazing Things Will Happen


'Keep Smiling Deer'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


maandag 13 maart 2017

no. 1090

There is a flowershop nearby my house which I really like. Antoesa.  It's run by a friendly lady which in itself is a good reason to go there. But more importantly she sells beautiful flowers a piece. If you handpick your bouquet there it's as if you see the beauty of each type of flower even more. 


We all have our different kind of beauty, and together we create a colourful mix. Sometimes we have to put in a bit more effort to see the good, but it's there in everything in everyone.
I strongly believe that looking for beauty and amplifying or magnifying it makes us more happy and better people. 

Not closing our eyes for 'reality' but focus on the good stuff at the same time. Every moment of every day of every week is about making choices, but this week in the Netherlands it's more than ever about choosing wisely.

Look for the good!

Enjoy your week!
With Love Lies




'Train your mind 
to see the beauty 
in everything'



 'Joyful Bouquet'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


maandag 6 maart 2017

no.1089

Kingfishers could easily be the most exotic bird we have in the Netherlands. Those bright colors are not so common over here.


Walking near a clear stream of water you might see a flash of quick-flying blue feathers diving for fish.

It is said the kingfisher is the promise of more abundance, new warmth, prosperity and love that is about to enter your life.

So if you have the luck to see one it probably leaves you in aah.



Meeting a kingfisher, even in your dreams also tells you to enjoy life more. And teach your children to enjoy life. In real life the little kingfisher-babies learn to live their own life right after they fly out of the nest. Don't be afraid to try new things. The way a kingfisher dives into the water to catch a fish, you can see yourself diving into something new.

Don't worry, with a kingfisher around you will do just fine...

That's why I painted two today, so two people can enjoy these bird powers :-) Or if you are a huge fan and you are quick you can choose them both, they kind of belong together.





Enjoy your week!

With Love Lies



'It's a new dawn.
It's a new day. It's a new life.'






 'Kingfisher Power'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch



no.1088

Kingfishers could easily be the most exotic bird we have in the Netherlands. Those bright colors are not so common over here.

Walking near a clear stream of water you might see a flash of quick-flying blue feathers diving for fish.

It is said the kingfisher is the promise of more abundance, new warmth, prosperity and love that is about to enter your life.
So if you have the luck to see one it probably leaves you in aah.

Meeting a kingfisher, even in your dreams also tells you to enjoy life more. And teach your children to enjoy life. In real life the little kingfisher-babies learn to live their own life right after they fly out of the nest. Don't be afraid to try new things. The way a kingfisher dives into the water to catch a fish, you can see yourself diving into something new.

Don't worry, with a kingfisher around you will do just fine...

That's why I painted two today, so two people can enjoy these bird powers :-) Or if you are a huge fan and you are quick you can choose them both, they kind of belong together.




Enjoy your week!

With Love Lies




no.1088 'Kingfisher Love'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch



maandag 20 februari 2017

no.1087

This little mouse made me wonder.

The way he reaches and stretches to get to the berries he likes best. Balancing on a twig like a circus animal on the jungle gym. Aren't we like that?

When we really long for something, we will always find a way to get there. Sometimes it takes more time or perseverance in order to achieve it, but if it is a true soul desire we will never stop.

And if we do stop trying?
Then maybe it was not so important after all or we will get so unhappy that we will probably try it again after a while. In a different way.

I wanted to paint for a living since I was very little but I made a huge detour before I realized. Everything I ever did was creative but I never felt totally at my place. I was close but not spot on. Up till now. Making people happy with the things I paint out of pure desire. Transporting energy. Being able to live from that. Pure Joy!
Thanks, thanks thanks!
And even now I'm still reaching for those juicy berries haha. Always things to wish for, but I'm blessed and on my trail.

Ok to be accurate not to say that these berries are the mouses favorite, I don't even know if mice like berries, I just painted a metaphor. I hope you like it. Those eyes full of magic and expectation. And this mouse tells us it's all about the little things, little steps can make you climb a mountain.

Stay nimble this week
With Love Lies


'Rise up nimbly

and go on your strange journey
to the ocean of meanings...
Leave and don't look away
from the sun as you go,
in whose light
you're sometimes crescent,
sometimes full.'
Rumi



 'Acrobatic Mouse'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch



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