The Artist Way – week 1 – starting by accepting

Eventually I found my way to start The ArtistWay  after weeks of trying to start.

The Artist way is a method of Julia Cameron to bring more creativity in your life. It makes you go back to your childhood and think of what you liked back then and were good at.

Every day you have to write ‘Morning pages‘: Pages that you write without serious thinking. Just write down everything that comes up in your mind when you get out of your bed. You have to write 3 pages.

These ‘Morning pages‘ were quite a struggle for me and that is why I stopped a few times in the first week. I kept on when I started to accept that 2 or 3 times a week is also fine. And I experienced that it went easier and easier and I am now ( in week 8 ) up to 5 times a week.

The best outcome of the  ‘Morning pages‘ is that it clears your mind before you start the day. I sometimes set goals or make lists of what to do or what not to think about and let go.

Next to the ‘Morning pages‘ there are the ‘Artist dates‘: Dates with yourselve, to take yourselve out (alone!) to something that you would not do regularly. It doesn’t have to be a big thing or something that takes a long time, just a 20 minutes walk to work in another way than usual is already good enough.

My first Artist date was stepping into a British store that I walked by more often and started wandering what would be in it and who?

So I snuggled around in the funny little store with articles from the United Kingdom and left with a Shop-o-holic mug. Something I would normally not

buy and it is also not so much my taste, but I started to appreciate. The only thing I was wandering is it not Shop-a-holic? Well the Brits must be right in this one so, her is me mug.







Nick Murray Willis – animator

Hilary Alexander Tribute from Nick Murray Willis on Vimeo.

NickMurray Willis is an works for the British Fashion Council to produce this tribute animation.

You can see more of his work on his website. Personally I like the ones with the least color and the most simple ones, like Ice cream.


Nick Murray Willis animator illustrator


Illustrations for Stl Maye magazine

To promote the jewelry of Stella Maye I illustrated some girls who are wearing the Jools (the name of these jewelry).

My illustrations will also be shown in another design magazine where Stl is promoting her Jools in.

illustration for Jools


Simple illustration website idea

Anni Rossie draws and puts in every WordPress blog just one illustration. It gives a funny and simple effect of how to display your illustrations/drawings easily.annirossidrawings web illustrations

mad illustrationtea illustration


9straatjes – shopping website

9straatjesonline.comShopping in the ‘9 straatjes’ in Amsterdam is a really nice activity on your saturday afternoon. The only thing is that it is really busy. So maybe you can skip the shopping and go for a coffee or some lunch, since you can shop online at www.9straatjesonline.com.

The website is nicely illustrated to make your shopping experience even more wonderful!


Mum and dad

invitation-for-partyMy mum and dad are going to be both 65 years old.

Phoef, what an age. I hope to get there and be so happy as they are still.

My dad likes to play tennis and drive in his small bulldozer (see his thoughts. ps. he looks a bit younger in this drawing).

My mum is at the top of her career. She gives courses and lectures throughout the country in embroidery of large scale art works. She also blogs about it (www.afkesmerklap.nl).

Next to that they like to sit in their hot tub and look at the starts, especially in winter.

Now they started to demolish their house and build it up again from a little scratch.

This time they give a party for their birthdays and the illustration is for the invitation.




Some reasons to start your own business

why start your own business illustration


Ava’s boudoir

Rosy Ava

Ava's Rosy


This is Ava

Ava is a french artist fascinated by the old gran history masters. It gives the illustrations a romantic or nostalgic feeling and baroco pattern.

I really like one of her latest illustrations: Rosy.