drawing challenge: JAPAN

our drawing challenge host for this week is Nadine of tinyWOOLF

JAPAN a fascinating country (and culture) i have never been....

end of march I made this linocut of a blooming cherry tree 
thinking of the flower-viewing party in JAPAN, called HANAMI 
the short flowering period of the JAPANese cherry tree, SAKURA, symbolizes
the impermanence of life

second image: woodblock print on paper, 1894, by Hashimoto Chikanobu
first and third image: from the internet via google

JAPAN een fascinerend land (en cultuur) waar ik nog nooit ben geweest....

eind maart maakte ik deze linosnede van een bloeiende kersenboom
denkend aan het bloemen-kijkfeest in JAPAN, genaamd HANAMI
de korte bloeiperiode van de JAPANse kers, SAKURA, symboliseert
de vergankelijkheid van het leven



working happily behind my fine printing press miss Stuttgart,
picking flowers in between the downpours and
in between i read a fine book
such a day

fijn werken achter mijn mooie boekdrukpers miss Stuttgart,
bloemen plukken tussen de buien en
tussendoor lees ik een fijn boek
zo'n dag



Vibeke of 'a butterfly in my hair' invited me for a BLOG HOP
here are my answers to the 4 questions

what i am working on:
at the moment i am working on several things
i will have my yearly exhibition in october in the finest shop in our village
i am therefor brooding on different ideas, there will be linocut prints of nudes and birds, and some quotes
all in black printing ink on white paper and some gold
and i finally will open an etsyshop this month (oops! so little time left) 
besides that i am making lists of the seeds i want to order for my kitchen garden 
and i am making my own clothes again  ;^))

how my work differs from others in it's genre:
such a difficult one, i don't know.... i just make things i like to make, for me, for myself
little stories about me in a clear line, clean and simple, in black on white (when it comes to linocuts)
in everything i try to stay true to myself, which i find difficult now and then
it still can surprise me that somebody else likes what i make as much as i do

why i create what i do:
i just have to, it makes me happy to work with my hands 
i see myself more as a maker than an artist, i like so many things
which is nice but also a problem, when it comes to focus
since i was little i love to draw, etching and linocuts came at a later stage
i love the smell of the lino and of the printing ink, and i love the sound of my beautiful printing press
since i have that press (a Korrex Stuttgart proofpress from 1967) i can also print texts
using old wooden letterpress letters and hopefully soon also lead type

how my creative process works:
most of the time it starts with writing down a more or less vague idea 
in words with little doodle drawings to support
than the brooding begins
inspiration can come from an image, something someone said, and so many other things
i like the process of writing, drawing and thinking, of inventing, modifying, adapting and sorting out
whether it's a linocut, a painting or an interior project
i think i like this the best, the brooding part
after that (when it comes to linocuts) i draw directly on the lino and adjust, when necessary, while cutting and proof-printing
finally i print just a few, i like my editions to be limited

thank you Vibeke for asking me for this BLOG HOP! 
now it's my turn to invite some very inspiring women i admire a lot
please visit: 
Inge of geruit blauw
and Merlijne of carnet de voyage

thanks and
i wish you all a fine weekend!


the sea

each year i ask the sea for my birthday
and this year i got it  ;^))
first we went to beautiful Haarlem
and then we stayed on the 8th floor at the boulebard in Zandvoort
hello! beautiful raging sea

firts image says:
cycling i cross the rails
sun on my face
over a dune path
roll the sea closer

elk jaar vraag ik de zee voor mijn verjaardag
en dit jaar kreeg ik haar  ;^))
eerst gingen we naar het prachtige Haarlem
en daarna verbleven we op 8 hoog aan de boulevard te Zandvoort
hallo! prachtige woeste zee



today is my birthday
hip hip hooray!!

vandaag is mijn verjaardag
hiep hiep hoera!!


carrot love in the kitchen garden


happy weekend to you all!


right over left

he always puts his right paw over the left
never the other way
our sweet Splinter

hij legt altijd zijn rechterpoot over de linker
nooit andersom
onze lieve Splinter


dress in black & white

i like to sew my own clothes
and at the moment preferable dresses
when i showed the first one to Eldest (some months ago)
he asked me while smiling 'is mom wearing a curtain?'
this new dress is lovingly baptized 'the tablecloth' by them
i LOVE them both
those dresses   ;^))

ik naai graag mijn eigen kleding
en op het moment bij voorkeur jurken
toen ik de eerste aan Oudste toonde (maanden geleden)
vroeg hij glimlachend 'draagt mam een gordijn?'
deze nieuwe jurk is liefkozend door hen 'het tafelkleed' gedoopt
nou ja
ik HOU van allebei
die jurken  ;^))