Friday, October 20, 2017

Vacation, the short version (yes that means there are slideshows coming up)

Hello my blogsy people! It feels ages ago that I spoke to you on this here blog, but I'm pretty sure it was only a few weeks. In that time I have had plenty to do, but the most important thing of course was my vacation to the east of the Netherlands to house-sit for my sister and to go out and about and take photographs.

Now in June, when I visited my sisters house as well, I did not really do a lot of photography or day trips, because 1) I had to watch her dog and 2) it was uncomfortably hot outside. This vacation was the complete opposite of that one! They took their cute dog with them, the weather was a lot cooler, and I pretty much went on a little adventure every day and for most of them I took my camera with me.

So all of you who hate my photography posts: be warned! After this post there will be five more with only 'vacation slides' so if you come here for the artsy stuff, just stay away for another week or two and I will get back to that. For the rest of you, sit tight, there will be a lot of pictures in the coming two weeks!

I wanted to start today with a little overview of my week in and around Zelhem, which is the town my sister lives in. At the end of each day I posted a little photo-collage on Facebook and Instagram to give an impression and show the highlights to those who might be interested and also for myself, because I always like using those wrap ups in my journal.

So here's a quick and easy overview of my vacation:

My vacation residence aka sister's house. Five stars!

First day - A trip to Burgers' Zoo in the city of Arnhem

Second day - Biking and walking around Slangenburg Castle.

Third day - A day in Rotterdam with my good friend Monique.

Fourth day - A shopping trip to the city of Zutphen.

Fifth day - Lots of relaxing plus a walk around the neighbourhood in Zelhem.

Sixth day - Ruurlo Castle, a beautiful estate and a museum for modern realism.

Seventh day - Biking and walking around Hackfort Castle.

As you can already see there were many beautiful things to spot and take pictures of and the landscape is just stunning. The coming posts will show you some of that from five separate trips I took that week. Only the trip to Rotterdam and the trip to Zutphen I did not bring my camera, mostly because it just wasn't practical. But the other five days will more than make up for that, so I hope you will enjoy the coming posts.

For now it is simply good to be back on the blog and I thank you for your patience and wish you a wonderful and artsy weekend!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

From the Leuchtturm (my journal) plus I have another vacation coming up (blog break alert)

The Leuchtturm1917 notebook that I am currently using as a journal is an absolute pleasure to use. Because of that it is filling up quite rapidly. I started it about two months ago at the end of July and am now approaching 200 pages of writing, drawing and collage. The book has about 250 pages, so I am already in the back of my mind thinking about what I will do after and I must admit getting another Leuchtturm is very very tempting.

Here is a selection of some spreads from this book, just to give you an idea of how I am filling it. Hope you like these peeks into my journals.

When I go through my pictures for the blog I always reread the pages to make sure nobody's privacy is infringed or that I'm writing about stuff that's just a bit too personal to share on a blog. I don't hide much, but that doesn't mean I just share everything without thinking. Anyway, because of the reading I noticed just how much of these writings were either done on the ferry or talk about travel and appointments and being busy.

It's been a full time as I've said in previous posts. At work I'm part of a huge project which means many meetings on the main land and extra hours of work and in my personal life there were all sorts of events and social things that also meant a lot of travel. You can tell life is busy when I have to take the morning ferry four times in one week for instance. I like how the journal reflects my life.

But! Now I will be having a little break from that, because I will be going on another vacation! Yes, it's my fourth one this year and again it is at my sister's house just like last June. This time I will not be dog sitting her lovely dog Jinte, so I will be able to go on longer day trips and I already have several planned, like a photography trip to the zoo and a day in Rotterdam with a friend. I look forward to it very much and yes, this time I will bring my camera!

Because of this vacation and the fact that right after it there will be some crazy times again full of appointments, classes and also a fun weekend trip to Amsterdam with coworkers, I will simply not be able to blog for the coming weeks, not if I want to stay sane that is, haha.

So this is a long winded way to tell you I will be having a longer blog break. Probably for about three weeks. Hopefully when I come back I will have many pictures to share and look back on a wonderful few weeks.

Until then I hope you all will have a wonderful and artsy time!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Around here lately ...

Just some photographs out of my daily life of the last few months.

Drawing classic movie stars. Julie London.

Reading Robin Hobb's latest. Sigh...I cried. A lot.

Keeping the company of a good dog while drawing.

Keeping the company of a good cat while drawing.

Experimenting with doodles.

Grids on the ferry, the beginning.

Grids on the ferry, the conclusion.

The very first session of my new morning project, watercolour mosaics, at my studio table.

The bliss of receiving an order of  a notebook and pens in the mail.

A feather on the beach.

A thing that looks like a feather on the beach.

I am feather obsessed apparently.

My regular house guest, he really thinks he lives here.

Festival time! Into The Great Wide Open is held every September on our island.

I had a wonderful time (and a free ticket!).

Street humor.

A fascinating tattoo magazine, all about handwritten fonts.

Visiting the Groninger Museum

What does it say about me that in a building full of beautiful art I am mostly drawn to this wallpaper pattern?

Always the journal, always always always.

In busy times like I have been going through lately it's things like these that make me realize there is so much more to my life than work and obligations and that I am indeed very fortunate. Photography helps me see the things I am grateful for and puts all of it in perspective. I like that.

Hope you are doing well wherever you are and wishing you a wonderful and artsy day!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Grid drawings

The love of grids continues and will never ever ever stop. Not that I would ever want it to.

Here are some drawings I did in the last few weeks in my Moleskine XL Squared book.

Most of these were done spread out over many nights. They take hours from start to finish and I can never finish one in just one sitting.  I like to take an hour or so before bedtime and unwind with a bit of colouring and drawing while listening to podcasts. It helps quiet my chaotic mind (at least a little).

Hope you have some art to help you unwind in busy times and wishing you a wonderful and artsy weekend.

Friday, September 15, 2017

A cat while you wait ...

This isn't a real post. Just a quick message of sorts.

Usually on Friday I do two or three posts for the coming week, but right now life is a little bit full and busy and I need a little relaxation before another full week comes along. Not fretting about the blog will help, so I won't be posting in the coming week.

But ... I don't want to leave you empty handed so here is the king of relaxation showing us how it's done:

I think we can all learn something from him, don't you?

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy week!
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