drawing/art challenge 198: T I D E


thinking of 
the sea
of the tide coming in
and the moon
of course

thinking of
the proverbs and sayings with water
while the work piles up around me
like a tide coming in

this song
of course!!

thank you dear Ariane for this fine theme
please visit her blog for the link to the other participants

what i used:
printing ink mixed into a gray blue
stencil technique à la Werkman
colored pencil
papersize 50x70 cm



i found this image of a pinboard i made sometime ago 
as an insparation for a series of linocuts
about gardening, memories and flowers
the images are now in a box
for when i have more time....

today for the first time i had the idea
i'm going to make it
i will get this work (for my work!) done 
before the holiday begins
and that feels so nice!
after that there will be time ;^))

outside a blackbird sings
despite the tough rain showers
i look at that image
and think of these words:

'If I cannot do great things,
I can do small things
in a great way.'
                                          Martin Luther King Jr.


drawing/art challenge 196: B L U E


as a summer sky
infinite blue

i often feel blue
but probably less
in a dress
like this!

please visit the blogs of the other participants:
Ariane, Fische Frauen, Tammie, Nadine, Rachel,
Eric, Veronica, Joanne, Barbara, Olga, Sharmon,
Stefanie and Norma

and THANK YOU all for joining! xxx

ingredients for my dress to impress:
forget-me-nots, delphiniums, geraniums, nigella


garden party & N E W T H E M E !!

the snails have a GARDEN PARTY in our garden
which was the theme 
of the last drawing challenge/art challenge
hosted by sweet TAMMIE

i really would like to join the art challenge again
that's why i force myself to be the host  ;^))

the coming weeks 
will be even more filled with work
because i need to finish much 
before the summer holidays
and than there are the headaches 
(probably related to work ;^))
so it's sometimes difficult to focus

in between i work in the garden
enjoying the incredible blue 
of the lupins and delphiniums

so, hence the theme for the 196th challenge of JUNE 11-12:

how it works:
if you want to join, leave a comment saying you are in
the following weekend the 'drawings' are shown on the blogs of the participants
and the host links to them all


art challenge 194: S K Y

the theme this week is chosen by Eric of CERULEAN
please visit his blog for the link to the other participants


i had plans, as always
but to little time, as always....

after days of hard work with my father
- we have rebuilt our attic -
it was time to paint those new walls
- instead of making a drawing for this art challenge-
in a soft grey like the sky outside
besides that
i painted the walls of the room of youngest
in a beautiful skyblue

at the end of the day
the sun broke through
the sky!!
view from the attic window



it's exactly two months ago that i posted something
.... sorry! and.... i wonder
is there someone visting me here nowadays?

i have been busy, no, i still am very busy with the job
and i will be even more busy the coming months
next to teaching i have a new additional task: 
thinking about and writing the curriculum for next year

that's why it was so quiet
i miss being here, and i realize that i have not enjoyed it enough
the years that i was working from home and had the time, so much time

you can follow me on facebook and instagram
but i am not sure if that's what i want
i loved this blog and the blogworld, so....

back to work!  
with this sentence in mind
(do not know from whom or where....)
Patrice A

'Meet yourself
where you are right now
with kindness
and patience.'


drawing challenge 189: C O C O O N

It's time for more silence.

drawing challenge 189

at the end of the winter
i long for a soft white place
to hibernate
a cocoon
in which i can curl
a safe embrace
waiting for spring
before i get out
converted and 
with wings
in the color of the sky

i used a form that i crocheted years ago
and turned it into a cocoon on a branch
the bookprinting/quote and linocut 
are works that i made earlier

please visit the blogs to the other participants:
Nadine, Barbara, Ariane, Lucia, Norma,
Leena, Sharmon, Roberto, Veronica, Tammie,
Stefanie, ManoEric and Tania

and THANK YOU all for joining!! xxx


drawing challenge: NEW THEME!

ok, i do not want to keep whining about how busy i am
about the 3 days teaching and read-in, prepare and more
(and don't get me wrong, my job is FUN!!)
i do not want to complain about the household
and the feeling of having no time
no time to make something, to create

how do other people do that? i regularly ask myself

i would like to hibernate
and wake up when spring has arrived

for protection
before i will pupate

hence the theme for dc 189 of Februari 20 - 21: COCOON

how it works:
if you want to join, leave a comment saying you are in
the following weekend the 'drawings' are shown on the blogs of the participants
and the host links to them all


drawing challenge 187: SIXES AND SEVENS

the theme this week is chosen by NADINE-tinyWOOLF
please visit her blog for the link to the other participants

sixes and sevens
in the meaning 'state of confusion or disarray'
is written all over me lately
i looked up some old work
a self-portrait made of several polaroid pictures

for my absence
and the fact that i hardly drop by

next weekend i will be the host of the 188th drawing challenge
i will post the theme on wednesday the 10th
well... i hope to do that  ;^))
I WILL HOST the 189th drawing challenge
more on that next tuesday

sixes and sevens
in de betekenis van 'staat van verwarring of wanorde'
staat op mijn lijf geschreven, de laatste tijd
ik heb wat oud werk opgezocht
een zelfportret gemaakt van verschillende polaroidbeelden

voor mijn afwezigheid
en het feit dat ik vrijwel niet langskom


monthly quote: F E B R U A R Y

'There's a crack in everything,
that's how the light gets in.'

                                           Leonard Cohen

this sentence is spinning in my mind
it's what i try to do
it's how i want to be
to see the crack
feel the light

deze zin is spint in mijn hoofd
het is wat ik probeer te doen
het is hoe ik wil zijn
de scheur zien
het licht voelen


drawing challenge 185: R E E F

the theme this week is chosen by Katrin
please visit her blog for the link to the other participants

i immediately thought of Daan Roosegaarde
and his poetic project 'waterlicht'
a dream landscape about the power and poetry of water
a large part of the Netherlands lies below sealevel
in these images people seem reef  ;^))

sorry, nothing self-made this week
i worked 6 days
just one more busy week
before i get into calmer waters

ik moest meteen denken aan Daan Roosegaarde
en zijn poëtische project 'waterlicht'
een droomlandschap over de kracht en poëzie van water
een groot deel van Nederland ligt onder zeeniveau
in deze afbeeldingen lijken de mensen het rif  ;^))

sorry, niets zelfgemaakt deze week
ik heb 6 dagen gewerkt
nog één drukke week
voordat ik in rustiger water kom


drawing challenge 184: RHYTHM

the theme of this week is chosen by Veronica
please visit her blog for the link to the other participants

i haven't found mine yet
after re-starting teaching in August
i am still looking....
i can feel the rhythm of my heartbeat
which sometimes skips when i lie awake
pondering about the day to come
i see the rhythm of the seasons
in the bulbs outside and in
the rhythm of the days and nights
white and black
life and death

that beautiful blue moon is hanging on my wall
and the circles come from the book by Inez van Oord

my life a circle
with it's own rhythm