zondag 8 september 2019


Entering a new territory. In a transferable sense or in the physical way, we all do it at least once in a while. Some hate it and prefer to stay in the known places others cannot live without the incentive and the exciting of the 'new'. Most of us are somewhere in between. You can also see this mix in animals. The wagtail and the watchful nose that accompany each other. I think entering new areas and rediscovering ourselves is what keeps our life alive.

Love is a place
and through this place
Love moves
all places
'New Territory'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

zaterdag 7 september 2019


Cats and dogs supposedly differ so much that they can't make a harmonious match. I am always happy when I see evidence of the proverbial exception to the rule. For me, that indicates that the 'rules' are not so necessary at all. And that the most beautiful combinations in art and love usually originate outside the established order. The area where the head has stopped and the heart takes over. :-)

"I'll keep you safe in these arms of mine
Hold on to me, pretty baby, and
You'll see I can be all you need"

'I'll Keep You Safe'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

vrijdag 6 september 2019


There once was a little princess who first was not accepted by her father because he rather had a son. I am not going to tell you the whole story but the princess runs off disguised as a beggar in a catskin coat. She wants to attend the ball to dance and of course the prince of the ball falls in love with her. Her father feels guilty that he once rejected her and is incredibly pleased that he now finds her happy and well so end good all is good.

Sometimes life is like a Fairytale. In which a tough girl who always had to take care of herself suddenly finds someone who appreciates her for who she is. So now she can finally admit to her softer side too:-)

Put On Your Cat(s)kin And Dance
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

And what nice coincidence in nature the willow catkin stands for love and protection.:-)
So that's why it became a series of three

donderdag 7 februari 2019


You, kind soul
are still the child who gently places fallen baby birds
back in their nests.

You, are still the soft soul
that gets your heart broken over cruel words

You, are still the gentle heart who once tried to heal a flower
by trying to stick it's petals back
when ignorant feet trampled it.

This is why you are important
This is why you will always be needed.

Kindness is the greatest endangered thing.
And there you are, existing,
with your heart so full with it.

after Nikita.Gill.

acrylic on canvas
5x5cm 2x2"inch

maandag 3 december 2018

no. 1116

A nightingale is known for it's beautiful song,
hearing this bird sing is a joy.
To me a birds song is among the simple yet special free gifts of life.
But it's only when I'm focused in the now that I can enjoy this 'present'
When I'm occupied with thoughts or worries I simply can't notice this daily beauty.
So it's a great reminder to not let the Today get stolen by the unchangeable past or the indefinite future. Every Today is a new day!

“Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now.” 

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

donderdag 29 november 2018


In many ways, our lives can resemble the sometimes turbulent, sometimes calm, yet always flowing nature of water. Near the water is were I'm reminded to be at ease with myself, and with my life. To just let it flow. 

That's why I painted this colorful lake with flowers of joy for you.
To remind us that every day is a good day. There is something to learn, always something to care for and so we never forget to celebrate.

The more you praise
and celebrate your life
the more there is
in life to

'Water Party'

acrylic on canvas 
5x5cm 2x2"inch

maandag 1 oktober 2018


"My nightingale sings me to sleep
as the sky changes from dusk to night
the sweet little notes caress my ears
while I gently close my eyes
dreaming to her lovely lullaby"

poetry by Crissy Ade 

acrylic on canvas
5x5cm 2x2"inch

maandag 30 juli 2018


Almost all flowers are my favorites, but poppy holds a special place. Is it the fiery red that calls you from a distance and stands out in the field or on the roadside? The ever so black heart with an almost purple shine to it? It certainly is the strength with which she endures the strongest winds. She bends and bows but won't let go of her petals. 

But if you pick her, she will soon break. What her message might be is this. 
Let me shine let me show, enjoy my abundance but try not to captivate me then the joy will soon fade. 
Little wise poppy:-)

acrylic on canvas
5x5cm 2x2"inch

maandag 1 januari 2018


Don't know if you got the same feeling, but I am in the mood for something light and friendly. Something like the miniature-painting of today and a poem that fits that mood.
The robin makes a laughing sound.
It makes me stop and look around

to see just what the robin sees-
fresh new leaves on twigs of trees,
a strong, high branch on which to rest,
a safe dry ledge to hold its nest.
This robin makes a laughing sound
I stop.
I always look around.
poetry by Sallie Wolf

 'Friendly Robin'
acrylic on canvas
5x5cm 2x2"inch

woensdag 20 december 2017


Today I would like to share
something nice and simple with you

for living a life:

Pay attention
Be astonished
Tell about it
poetry by Mary Oliver

'White Wagtail'
acrylic on canvas
5x5cm 2x2"inch

maandag 18 december 2017


The miracle is
that the brilliance,
of the miraculous
can live
in the blandness
of the mundane.

The greater miracle
is that we
have enough brilliance,
in our
to see it
Craig D. Lounsbrough

'Common Chaffinch'
acrylic on canvas
2x2" inch

maandag 11 december 2017


The world turns softly

Not to spill its lakes and rivers,

The water is held in its arms
And the sky is held in the water.
What is water,
That pours silver,
And can hold the sky?
(Hilda Conkling)

This will be a week full of water whispers,
see you tomorrow!
With Love Lies

The magic 
on this planet,
it is contained 
in water.

no.1109 'Water Mirror' 
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

maandag 4 december 2017


Once I spoke the language of the flowers

Once I understood each word the caterpillar said

Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings

And shared a conversation with the housefly in my bed.

Once I heard and answered all the questions of the crickets
And joined the crying of each falling dying flake of snow
Once I spoke the language of the flowers
How did it go?
How did it go?

Smell the soil, get out there and ask the birds
Still your mind just for a while, open up your loving heart
Gently let nature's stories give you a spark
And overflow your thirsty soul.
(free after Shel Silverstein)

Have a magical week!
With Love Lies

I'm sure one day,
we all find the place,
where our dreams
and reality collide.

no.1108 'Yellow berry Starling'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

dinsdag 17 oktober 2017


This weekend a friend reminded me how close an animal can get to your heart. She lost her cat-friend by a heart-attack out of nowhere and I felt incredibly compassionate. I truly know how much that hurts.

Another young friend is ill herself but finds great comfort in the company of her soul sister, who coincidentally is a dog girl:-) They support each other in a very special way and feel perfectly safe together.

You know, animals do speak, but maybe only to those who know how to listen.

Have a loving week
and enjoy the animals around you.
With Love Lies

p.s come see the mini's at sat 28-sun 29 oktober open atelier

'Until one has
loved an animal,
a part of one's soul
remains unawakened.'
Anatole France

no.1107 'GoldieLock's True Love'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

Today's miniature was an assignment. Would you like to have a miniature made for you? Have a look here or send me a message HERE

maandag 16 oktober 2017


Coming up, new exhibitions of my waterscape paintings in Amsterdam. Wednesday the 18th of October (opening at 17.00)  till Sunday the 29th in the artcentre CBK. On the 28th and the 29th also in the Tropical Institute and in my "open atelier". You can read all about it in the link below.
Today a small waterscape to celebrate the multiplicity of water. This time the miniature is inspired on my big painting. "What Lies Beneath-5" 

If you can't spend some time in nature this week, break free in your head, imagine you are near these pink streams. To gather peace of mind and wash your spirit clean.

Have a joyful week and hope to see you this wednesday!

more info HERE

With Love Lies

'For all at last,
return to the sea,
like the ever-flowing
stream of time,
the beginning
and the end' 

rachel carson

no.1106 'Pink Stream'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

donderdag 24 augustus 2017


Simply choose love today,
choose love tomorrow,
and please don't forget to love yourself,
because it's with self-love
you start authentic love.

and hey...remember...every day is a new today...

With Love Lies

'I have decided

to stick to love;
hate is too great a burden
to bear.'
Martin Luther King 

no.1105 'Secret Whispers'

acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

maandag 14 augustus 2017


Water by itself has no distinct color. It lends colors from its surroundings. It mirrors the trees, it echo’s the sky, it shows its transparent view of it’s underlying bottom.

We as humans are in a way similar. We take the shape and colour of our environment. So we better look for a scenery we love.
Surround yourself with people and thoughts that uplift you, shine your brightest colors and inspire others to do the same.

With Love Lies

'Human nature is like water.
It takes the shape of its container.' 

no.1104 'Mirroring Trees'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

zondag 13 augustus 2017

Happy-mini Waterscapes

Remember no 1085?
My little 'Dreaming At The Pond'

In a way a lot started with this small no. 1085
It grew into a big painting called 'What Lies Beneath'

This painting brought me to an exhibition in museum de Fundatie
and it brought me to paint a whole series of these waterscapes.
So remember to keep on dreaming nice things for yourself too! :-)

The  weekend of  8 | 9 | 10 | september the whole series of big ones will be on exhibit in Amsterdam.
I would like to invite you to come and see, drink something and enjoy the view. 
Please read all about the what | where | when | HERE

'Dreaming At The Pond'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"

maandag 12 juni 2017


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

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