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1. Journal pages of a foodie-artist

Food illustrations are great! I enjoy awing over the huge collection of illustrated recipes on ‘They Draw And Cook‘, and love it if one of my recipes gets published there, or even featured! But even without a recipe or an end result in mind, food just never gets boring as a subject to draw!





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2. World Wide Sketchcrawl

Tomorrow, April 23 is the 51st World Wide Sketchcrawl.

‘Sketch-a-what?’, you may ask. A sketch crawl basically is an event where a group of people gathers to sketch. The group could stay at one place or move from location to location, sketching the place and then moving on to the next. All over the world, there are ‘urban sketchers’ groups you can join for these sketch meet ups.

It’s a great way to meet like-minded people and inspiring artists. If you think it’s scary to draw on location, drawing in a group like this can be your first step to many adventures outdoors. It feels safe because you’re not alone, and you will feel encouraged and inspired by the others.

The Worldwide Sketchcrawl Day has an extra aspect: it’s a quarterly event on which sketch crawls are held all over the globe, all on the same day.
You can read more about the World Wide Sketchcrawl here, and find out where a sketch crawl is held near you, here.

Here in Amsterdam, a group of sketchers will meet at ‘t Blauwe Theehuis (one of my favorite places ever since I was a kid) in Vondelpark20160410_blauwetheehuis

Will you be out sketching on location with some sketch pals too?
Or maybe, if you’re in or around Amsterdam, join us!
You can find details on Facebook, here.

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3. Homework

As a kid in school, I was never really great at doing homework. I mean, I did it – oh yes I was quite the miss goodie two shoes, but I never managed to get super high grades for the subjects I wasn’t into that much. The only homework I never procrastinated on was for art class. Nothing much has changed over the years. I really enjoyed doing this week’s Sketchbook Skool homework in the brand new kourse “Polishing”, in which Danny Gregory shows us how to use everyday things and conversations to create pages in your sketchbook graphic novel style.As headmaster and headmistress of Sketchbook Skool, Danny and I want to learn from the amazing fakulty, so each week, we alternate doing the homework assignments from “Polishing”.

As headmaster and headmistress of Sketchbook Skool, Danny and I want to learn from the amazing fakulty, so each week, we alternate doing the homework assignments from “Polishing”.
You can, by the way, still sign up for it! Sign up at Sketchbookskool.com

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4. Draw Tip Tuesday: How To Make Your Drawings Count

Welcome to draw Tip Tuesday!

Here’s today’s tip: always carry a sketchbook with you, and use it. You will create a treasure of memories for yourself, capturing things photos or videos could never do.

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So – use your journal and make awesome art.

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5. In The Flow

I am thrilled to tell you I am in the Flow. And this time I don’t mean that state of mind where things seems to fall into place when you’re making art and you’re forgetting everything else around you…

I mean: I am. In. Flow. The Magazine.

It’s a special issue, all about illustration. I have a few pages in there, teaching some fun lessons about sketching.

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6. Shiny News!

20160326_museumWhen I pick up a sketchbook I filled, and go through it’s pages I filled, it’s always so wonderful to realize that each page contains memories. Memories that go beyond that one little sketch. The lines are reminders of other things I didn’t even capture with my pen, but they are tied to the ink lines anyway. I remember where I was sitting, I remember the sounds I heard, even the smells around me… And I can tell how I felt: if I felt happy, grumpy, relaxed, pre-occupied, stressed. It’s quite interesting to see in my sketchbooks what kinds of phases I went through as well. In Sketchbook Skool, we are getting everything ready to launch the new term, on April 15. There is so much work to do for the launch of a new Kourse, it amazes each time. Then I am annoyed with myself that I’m surprised by the amount of work because by now I should know, right? Well, I guess it takes a while, and more experience too, before we are so well organized that we will have everything ready in time. And to be honest I think working hardest right before deadlines is probably part of, and contributing to the creative process.Schermafbeelding 2016-04-09 om 09.33.36

So. While I am busy doing my last edits for the videos in the klass I am teaching in the brand new Sketchbook Skool, my sketchbook pages get less attention. I’ll make a hasty sketch here and there, or I’ll draw my food quickly – just to get my daily fix of sketching. I’ll be polishing up my pages when I can breathe again. It’s fine, because I am SO excited about what takes up most of my time at the moment!!

Have a look yourself, and join us on April 15 in ‘Polishing’

Six weeks of fun and polishing your art, taught by 6 illustrators from around the world.
You’ll be surrounded by an amazing group of classmates, and you’ll be part of that awesome inspiring, global community.
What are you waiting for? Get ready to polish up your art and sign up for Sketchbook Skool’s ‘Polishing’ today!

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7. Not Doing It Hurts

Last week I shared a blogpost about how I am hooked on hatching. Today I read a definition about habits: “A habit is when not doing an action causes a bit of pain.” It’s true! Not making art because other things seem more important or urgent does hurt. So I’ll stick to my healthy addiction and habit and keep on hatching!


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8. From the Sketchbook: France

When I travel I love to write and sketch during the trip. It takes a bit of effort (and the co-operation of any fellow travelers, who are stuck for 20 minutes while I work) but the sketches capture details that the photographs miss, and the process forces me to take the time to genuinely observe the environment instead of rushing off to the next attraction.

Marée au Mont Saint Michel

Marée au Mont Saint Michel

Sketching Mont St Michel

Sketching the above scene of the tide coming in at Mont Saint Michel (just before it started to rain.)

These images are from a recent trip to France. Drawing outdoors poses exciting challenges, including distracting crowds of gawking tourists, unpredictable weather conditions, and constantly changing light. It started to rain part way through the above sketch of Mont Saint Michel, and I was forced to quit and finish it later. (I was also afraid I’d drop something off the cliff. It’s hard to tell from the photo  but that ledge is actually convex, so things kept wanting to roll off toward the ocean.)

One easy place to sketch is from your hotel window. Here’s my morning view of rooftops in the medieval heart of Blois, France:

Sketch of rooftops in Blois, France

Some artists have portable supplies like folding stools or lightweight easels so they can easily and comfortably paint anywhere. Maybe someday I’ll get my own fancy plein air equipment. For now, it looks like this:  (Notice how I am precariously balancing the palette on my knee. It’s a delicate setup.)

Sketching the Chateau de Chambord

Sketching the Chateau de Chambord. Photo by my patient husband, Jonathan.

Watercolor of the chateau de Chambord, Loire et Cher, France

My sketch of Chambord. I'm not sure that roof line could get any more complicated.

I’m consistently amazed at the difference in color between my sketches and photographs of the same subject. The photographs tend toward gray, with all color completely lost in the shadowy areas.

Les Faux de Verzy

Les Faux de Verzy: weird, genetic mutant trees in Champagne.

Incredibly, this is the same tree as above.

Incredibly, this is the same tree as above. Maybe I just have an overly colorful imagination?

I noticed so many details while I sketched: birds singing, bumblebees crawling into holes, clouds drifting by, the murmurings of conversations around me. Sometimes I was greeted by a stray cat or had a chat with a local or tourist who also had an interest in art. The sketches don’t always turn out as perfectly as paintings made in a studio, but they’re so much more interesting.

Do you sketch and paint while you travel? Share any tips you have in the comments!


St Malo. The tide changed drastically while I painted this.

Painting the walled city of St Malo

Painting the walled city of St Malo.

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9. Yeah, I kinda want to live here. #sketch #hasmfa #Sherlock...

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10. Selfies

Drawing self portraits might be considered by some people as opportunistic or selfish. I don’t agree. Self portraits are a great way to play and practice, and to also record certain feelings, emotions and thoughts. Each selfie shows a different you, because each time you will actually be different; your mood, your hair, your state of mind – they influence both your reflection in the mirror, and your drawing hand.

I like to make faces and expressions – to draw those I take pictures otherwise my face will cramp up! The pictures will be a great starting point to study features and expressions, look at shadows, colours and details.

20160313_selfiesWith just 2 colour pencils, you can fill a page full of expression

20160611_selfiePracticing hatching to create shadows and shades using a fountain pen

20160321_selfiePlaying with ink and experimenting with white space and a contrasting background

20160320_selfieI almost forgot about the fountain pen I filled with brown ink! It had been sitting on the shelf for weeks and I am glad I picked it up! Such a different style and feel, when using coloured ink instead of plain black. I coloured the background using an HB pencil.

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11. Drawing the mondaine things in life

Sometimes the hours go so fast – before I know it, the day is already coming to an end, even though the work hasn’t. It’s easy to complain about being busy and not getting the chance to draw because of it. However, there are always moments throughout the day that offer great sketching opportunities. Like when you’re on the phone, or when you’re waiting for the computer to calculate or restart.

The two drawings below are quite random sketches, at random times. I will keep doing these kinds of drawings and they will add up to a story taking place in my studio over time.20160310_Studio


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13. Drawing Feet

Feet. I know people who are totally grossed out by them. Well, by other people’s feet. I am on the other end of the spectrum. I think feet are intriguing.

Like drawing hands, I love drawing my own feet. They are great for drawing negative spaces, for practiciing gesture drawings, or to study shadows, to name a few things.
They are always there to model for me in many poses, and are willing to go naked; that’s when they look best.

20160227_MyFeetDrawn with a Lamy Safari fountain pen, medium nib, filled with Carbon Ink, coloured with watercolours

Luckily, there are more bare feet in our household, so I get to draw them from many angles, using different art tools to play with.

20160229_MandolinFeetDrawn with a Lamy Safari fountain pen, medium nib

20160227_FeetDrawn with green and blue coloured pencils from prismacolor and a red Staedler ergosoft coloured pencil

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14. Draw Tip Tuesday: How To Draw Your Hand

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

A lot of people find it hard to draw hands. It takes practice -and what better way to practice, than using your own hand as a model?

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15. How To Draw People

Life drawing sessions are fantastic to practice drawing people, and actually, I’d like to attend them more often. Studying proportions, shadows, staring at a person who gets paid to be stared at during 20, 10 or 5 minute poses, being surrounded by others who are also focusing on the same model… it all adds up to a wonderful experience and great practice. However, unplanned drawing and sketching is more my ‘thing’. I bring my sketchbook with me, everywhere I go, because there will be sketching opportunities on many occasions, even if it was just for a few minutes.

Lynne Chapman‘s book ‘Sketching people‘ has reminded me of how much I love drawing people, and I am enjoying filling my sketchbook pages while observing the people around me.

The best places to draw people are where people are pre-occupied, focused on their phone, ipad, laptop, waiting in line for something, or in converstaion with somebody else:

20160301_schipholUsing a bold, cheap rainbow pencil makes it easier to work quickly and the blunt tip won’t allow me to go into detail.

20160301_manchesterI often choose an aisle seat when I travel by plane or train; so I can get a good view of my fellow travelers – even when it’s from the back

20160305_people1When people stand in line, they will stay still for a little bit, but you know you need to be quick. Sometimes, if I am not fast enough, I just combine two, three or even four persons into one. If people are sitting down in a coffeeshop, cafe or restaurant, check if they have something to drink or eat. Usually you will then know if they will be there for a while and you can get into more detail when drawing them.

20160305_people2Sometimes it’s a bit scary – I feel like a stalker, watching someone intensely for a while, when I draw them. Most of the time, people don’t even notice at all, but if they do and I feel that it annoys them that they’re being watched, I stop and focus on someone or something else. It doesn’t happen often but sometimes people come up to me because they noticed me drawing (them) and they want to see. Then I may feel hesitant to show them because I often don’t go for the likeness, but rather focus on posture, shadows, gesture and line. But it doesn’t matter to them either – they will recognize something about them in the drawing and are flattered to have been the subject – they won’t judge me for not drawing them perfectly!


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16. multitasking kind of two weeks....

{been working on a few things at once...hence my lack of blogging in almost 14 days}

beginnings of a new painting....

new things coming to my etsy shop soon....

busy day in the studio, multitasking like a boss...

nursery art commission beginnings....

quick little brainstorming session....

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17. Hooked on Hatching

As a kid in high school, I learned about hatching and cross hatching in art class. I absolutely loved it! A while ago, my dad found this drawing I made in class, for an assignment on cross hatching. I got an 8.2 for it, which is a very fine grade! (homework is graded on a scale of 1-10)20160604_KK1982

I still really do love hatching and crosshatching. Adding it to a line drawing creates such a fantastic sense of light and depth and volume and shape. Another advantage is that it brings you into an almost meditative state.
The drawings below were done in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. I ran out of time on that right hand side page, but I quite like the unfinished drawing. I added a splash of watercolour to bring some balance to the journal spread.20160206_rijksmuseum

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18. Places

I love drawing on location! Lately, I really enjoy drawing interiors, for some reason, and i love the fact that there’s always surprises and interesting corners to draw, when you really take a close look. An extra challenge is also people coming and going, or other things changing while you are drawing a scene. While I was doing the drawing below, the waiter suddenly started to move tables to prepare for a large group coming in later – it messed with my reference points but luckily, I had most of the needed things in there already and didn’t need to bother drawing the tables in their changed positions. It happens, you know – it’s a bit of ‘risk-taking’.  And that’s part of the fun: you can’t always control the situation.20160116_speijkervet2

But what if you can’t go to a cafe, a mall, or some interesting place for a drawing? Well, your living room will do just as well!
Each time I draw our living room, I notice different things. I choose different angles to draw from and it never gets boring.


…especially when living with a musician, there are many instruments scattered around. And again: it’s a bit of risk-taking because you never know if any of the instruments you’re drawing is going to be picked up and played on!


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19. Travel Journal pages #4

Sometimes you just don’t know where to start when you are somewhere and you want to capture the scene or the vibe, or all the colours that you see… Well I learned a fantastic trick from Miguel Herranz: capture parts of the scene in frames, and fill your page like that. 20160106_ChiangDao

If you draw a scene, but don’t have time to fill the whole page with all the things you see in the background, add lettering instead. A great way to document things and make notes so you won’t forget.20160106_lunch

Or if a scene overwhelms you, you could just use a tiny sketchbook, and make a quick, tiny drawing. When it’s small, you can’t add too much detail, so the size helps you to filter them out:


Here’s another way: to capture different moments all on one page:


What I also really like doing, is to use a grey brush marker to add quick background shapes – it adds a certain sense of depth to a line drawing.


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20. Travel Journal Pages #5

It’s so great to go through all my travel sketchbook pages again. They contain so many memories!
So these are the last pages of my recent Thailand trip:

Flying back to amsterdam, waiting for a delayed flight in the China Airlines Lounge, and capturing some fun memories from our vacation.

Whenever you take a trip, I can highly recommend doing a page like the one below: drawing from memory and document the highlights of each day. So fun to remember those things you already almost forgot about – especially when you’re with a travel buddy, it’s a lot of fun to go through all the adventures together and capture them once more!


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21. A #Sherlock #sketch for no particular reason. #wabisabi #pencil

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22. SNOW, multitasking...and SUPER BOWL BOUND!!!

crazy couple of weeks (hence the lack of blogging-*hangs head in shame*) but i've been busy and that's a very good thing!

another good thing? i FINALLY got my SNOW!!! over 30"....not too shabby! 

and what's the greatest thing that's happened to me in the last 2 weeks? wait for it, wait for it....PEYTON MANNING IS SUPER BOWL BOUND!!! (should have just done a whole separate post for this one....LOVE THIS MAN) i cried like a baby. EVERYONE who knows me personally knows how much respect and love i have for this man...and have (loyally) for almost TWO DECADES. never wavered once. knowing this may be his last rodeo, well i want him to go out BIG! no one is more deserving. prayers and fingers crossed for a SB WIN on 2/7/16....although this man will ALWAYS be a WINNER to me! love you, Peyton Manning.

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23. Horse Blue

          This is a redo of a sketch I did quite some time ago. I loved the sketch: The piece was created entirely in PhotoShop using a Wacom Intuos Tablet.

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24. #watercolor #character #sketch for my #Sherlock #Thesis

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25. the making of "silence of the snowdrops"...step by step!

i thought it would be interetsing and fun to take a look into the creative process of my paintings...from thumbnail to sketch to paint palette(s) to the finsihed piece. i know i absolutely geek out looking at other artists WIPs so i thought i'd create a new album after each painting of the step by step process i use (and have used for YEARS) and share it with everyone. i work traditonally...pencil, paper, paint, canvas. i have much respect for the digital artists of the world yet for me, the passion and love will ALWAYS be in the traditonal tube of paint. old school...and proud. 

for a look at the full album and step by step instructions, please click on over to my Facebook page...and perhaps give it a "like", if you would be so kind! :)

PRINTS of this beauty here. ORIGINAL PAINTING is AVAILABLE. contact me, if interested. 

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