maandag 20 februari 2017


This little mouse made me wonder.

The way he reaches and stretches to get to the berries he likes best. Balancing on a twig like a circus animal on the jungle gym. Aren't we like that?

When we really long for something, we will always find a way to get there. Sometimes it takes more time or perseverance in order to achieve it, but if it is a true soul desire we will never stop.

And if we do stop trying?
Then maybe it was not so important after all or we will get so unhappy that we will probably try it again after a while. In a different way.

I wanted to paint for a living since I was very little but I made a huge detour before I realized. Everything I ever did was creative but I never felt totally at my place. I was close but not spot on. Up till now. Making people happy with the things I paint out of pure desire. Transporting energy. Being able to live from that. Pure Joy!
Thanks, thanks thanks!
And even now I'm still reaching for those juicy berries haha. Always things to wish for, but I'm blessed and on my trail.

Ok to be accurate not to say that these berries are the mouses favorite, I don't even know if mice like berries, I just painted a metaphor. I hope you like it. Those eyes full of magic and expectation. And this mouse tells us it's all about the little things, little steps can make you climb a mountain.

Stay nimble this week
With Love Lies

'Rise up nimbly

and go on your strange journey
to the ocean of meanings...
Leave and don't look away
from the sun as you go,
in whose light
you're sometimes crescent,
sometimes full.'

 'Acrobatic Mouse'

acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

vrijdag 10 februari 2017

no. 1086

Cups and Bowls, Vases and Plates, all kinds of ceramics can make me greedy. I don't give in too often because I have a small apartment and not so much cupboard space.

Thereby I can just as easily enjoy it on a table of a friend or in a restaurant. But this cup made by Sue Tirrell I find very love-able. 
Animals as you know are a favorite but the way she draws them is fun. So if I can find this cup I will probably buy it, and if not for myself, then for my good friend Janneke who loves rabbits.

For now I enjoyed painting it just as much. I do not try to make it superrealistic but I like it to be a bit naive and skewed imperfect.
That's what I like most in people too:-)

I don't find it easy all the time but I try to love my own imperfections just as much. In Japan they have this good habit of repairing broken cups with pure gold. Don't hide it but show it.

Have an imperfect proud of yourself week:-)
With Love Lies

There Is A Crack In Everything,

That's How The Light Gets In.
Leonard Cohen

Team Blue-

'Blue Rabbit Ceramic Bowl'
 - after Sue Tirrell
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

maandag 6 februari 2017


I've found myself a new dream destination:-)

And 'never stop dreaming' is one of my favorite sayings.

I'm a fan of Monet's waterlily paintings. When I was young I had a favorite postcard. It was of a painting with bright and vivid colours. It showed a landscape with a bridge over a pond with waterlilies. Whenever there was a lot of turmoil in daily life I turned to this postcard and imagined myself in the peace and tranquility of this beautiful world.

Later on when I visited a museum in Paris I saw Monet's paintings for the first time in actual size and I was impressed and in love. This was also the moment I remembered my favorite postcard and realized it was Monet's urge to paint the 'unseen' world just beneath and above the 'actual world' I loved so much.

Not painting the reality but above all the feeling this reality brings you. Creating a whole new reality. That's what painting is to me too.

And now I just found out there is a fish pond somewhere in Japan that has this mystical appearance written all over.
So I see myself standing at this pond painting the most beautiful big waterscapes I can imagine. There is no hurry but I will go there one day I am sure!

What is your dream-destination?
And Why? I would love to hear from you!
With Love Lies

Why Downgrade Your Dream To Match Your Reality?

Upgrade Your Faith To Match Your Destiny.

'Dreaming at The Pond'

acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

maandag 30 januari 2017


This weekend was bird-counting-day in the Netherlands.

I must admit I did not count any of them, but I am fond of looking at birds all the time. 

Some time ago I had the flu and from my bed I could see 5 little tomtits flying by my window back and forth. It looked as if they were playing 'tag, you're it'. It made my time in bed much more fun. They reminded me to live my life as playful as possible even if it is with intense fever. So I just enjoyed my extra 'time off'.

Another thing I never will get enough of is the magnolia flower. I've painted them in so many ways and for me they symbolize that 'the new' is coming. The first sign that spring is on its way. So these two combined, the tomtit and magnolias celebrates life in a beautiful way.

Hope you can enjoy nature this week.
With Love Lies

"In Order To See Birds
It Is Necessary
To Become 

A Part Of The Silence."

Robert Lynd

 'TomTit With Magnolias'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

zaterdag 28 januari 2017


Today is no.06 in Bagel's series

Did you know today is the chinese new-year? Every year has a zodiac-sign that is to believed to predict the energy for a full year. This year 2017 is the year of the ...
no it is not the dog, it is the rooster.

But just for fun listen what the rooster has to say:
"I am alert
Ready to take action
The first on the scene
The last to leave
I take chances
But I am precise
Nothing escapes me
I am always prepared
I never give up or in..."

So now you know how to behave in this year,
Bagel already knew, look at her standing:-)

So today as the first day of this rooster-year, go for it, no delay, you know what you want, stop hesitating.
And remember- if you can dream it you can do it.
Good Luck and Enjoy

With Love Lies

 'On Top Of The World'
-Tribute to a dog named Bagel-6
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

vrijdag 27 januari 2017

no. 1082

Today is no.05 in Bagel's series

Mostly we assume our dog knows we love him or her,
but maybe the same goes for people

It works better if you sometimes tell them in actual words. Of course showing them extra attention works great too. And with dogs food works probably best haha

But seriously, it might sound strange, but try to tell your dog what you like so much about him or her, really feel it inside and in your minds eye show them pictures of precious moments together.

And even if it does not work it will give you a better feeling anyway.

The same could work with your partner, family, friends or colleagues. Personally I think we can not say enough positive things to each other. Especially in this day and age...

Make it a friendly day today
With Love Lies

'You Know I Love You'
-Tribute to a dog named Bagel-5
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

donderdag 26 januari 2017

no. 1081

Today is no.04 in Bagel's series

Dogs and children, not always, but mostly a great combination. They both love to play, see adventure in everything, are the best of friends, and dogs are the best secret keepers in the world. Tell them your innermost stories and you can be sure they won't tell anyone.

Bagel and young Finn are also true comrades, Finn will show all of his pokemons to Bagel, and Bagel looks at them patiently. But the best time they share together on the beach. How fortunate they live nearby and can go there nearly everyday.

Which dog does not like the beach? The vast emptiness, a large sandpit. Perfect to explore, dig holes and have long runs. With some imagination you could think Finn and Bagel are together on the moon accompanied by their long and thin shadow-friends.

Use your imagination just a little bit more today, and if you are sitting in a tl-lighted officespace I know it's hard... but maybe... that one plant standing there, transports you to a lunchbreak in the tropics haha :-)

With Love Lies

'Together On The Beach'
-Tribute to a dog named Bagel-4-
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

woensdag 25 januari 2017


Today is no.03 in Bagel's series

When I'm starting to paint I rarely make a sketch, I just start somewhere on the canvas and the painting evolves almost by itself. The same goes for the colors I use. It's mostly intuitive what fits or doesn't fit. 

We are often affected by colors in many ways without even realizing it. It's even in the colors you wear. Do you recognize that some colors look good on you one day and look terrible the next? 

The color that goes well with Bagel is Turquoise, and to me it is no surprise. This color stands for contentment, peace, protection, happiness and sympathy.
Way to go Bagel:-)

Look for your favorite colors today, and if you need any of the values written above take a long look at Bagel's painting:-)

With Love Lies

'My Name Is Bagel'
-Tribute to a dog named Bagel-3-
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

dinsdag 24 januari 2017


Today is no.02 in Bagel's series

Did you ever notice that everyone has his or her own special way of walking? From a distance you probably recognize your loved ones just by the way they move. It can be the way they shake their head, the way they drag a little with one feet, or the little 'hop' in their step. It's exactly the same way with dogs. I used to have a big smile the minute I saw my own dog walk his spring in his step. Bagel has an ambling gate and that makes her even cuter.

'I Will Follow You'
-Tribute to a dog named Bagel-2
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

maandag 23 januari 2017


If you follow the miniatures for a while you know I'm fond of animals and dogs in particular.

I think every dog is a joy to paint but some dogs are even worth a homage. 

So is a dog named Bagel. She is a dog-girl I got to know by pictures from her lady-human Natasja. Natasja is a great photographer, and I used to lay out her children's fashion-pictures for a magazine called viva-mama. More than once I saw this funny dog on her pictures and that made me smile big-time. Later on I met Bagel in real life and she truly is a character.

This week is going to be a tribute to this dog named Bagel, everyday a different mini, no special reason, just because she is a topmodel to me. So if you don't like dogs don't open your mini-mail the rest of this week and if you do, simply enjoy!:-)

Make it a playful week!
With Love Lies

"Dogs motivate us to play, be affectionate, seek adventure and be loyal." 
Tom Hayden

'Where Ever I lay My Head...'
--Tribute to a dog named Bagel-1--
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

maandag 16 januari 2017


Do you sometimes, more than usual, notice a certain animal ? Not only in real life, but also on photo's. Maybe in a picture book, as a logo on a truck, in your dreams or in the title of a story?

If so the there might be a hidden message for you. Suppose you see a remarkable number of geese lately...

Then it would be good to realize that you can be proud of who you are, without to much attention to your appearance. Just be glad who you are inside. Let your life not depend on what others say, just follow your own path. Get out of your head, enjoy, rest if you need to, and most importantly... laugh! Have fun! Life is meant to be enjoyed.

Also good advice if this is the only (egyptian) goose you will meet this week:-)

Make it a relaxed week!
With Love Lies

"Inside the calm minds, great ideas swim serenely like the morning geese of the misty lakes"
Mehmet Murat Ildian

'Swim Like An Egyptian'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

maandag 2 januari 2017


Monday again and that's a good reason for a miniature, to start your week happy.

The first Monday of this new year, so please let me wish you a marvelous, magical, healthy, and adventurous 2017
A year full of space and depth, colour, love and nature just like this miniature no.1076
And if you want something different for this year I wish that for you too, even better:-)

Make it a good first week of 2017!
With Love Lies

'Emerald Green Ocean'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

maandag 26 december 2016


You probably know our days are getting longer. After the 21th of December we are on our way to the light again! Some day soon we can see the blossom on our dutch trees coming up. Personally I am looking forward to it.

Make it a good last week of 2016!
With Love Lies

'Almond Blossom'

acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

maandag 19 december 2016


It's Monday and that's always a good reason to begin with a miniature, to start your week happy.

This chalky coastline seems to have a silver lining. If you look intensely at this view, you can feel the peace, the space and creativity coming up to live your life according to your heart's desire. Do you know how much the gods of nature like to help and support you in living your dream life? If you want you can practice to be more ready to receive prosperity.

Take, preferably outside, a moment to feel what it's like to walk in your dream life. Make it as vivid as possible. And feel grateful, as if it's already part of you.

I know it may sound like gobbledygook, but I assure you it works.

Real joy, heartfelt, whether it is over something small or very big, invites more joy and prosperity on your way, try it, it's fun anyway!

I would love to hear what you receive this week on additional joy.
With Love Lies

'Chalky Coastline'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

maandag 12 december 2016


It's been a few days, but today is a Monday and that's always a good reason to begin with a miniature, to start your week happy.

Did you know owls can teach us how to put a disadvantage into something positive? Although most birds have good sight, this black-eyed barn owl has no perfect vision. But she hears so well that she can perfectly catch her pray from dusk until night.

Twilight is sometimes called owls light and a quiet walk in the woods or park in this twilight time is an excellent way to develop a good hearing and sensitivity to the 'other world' and the inner soul of nature. Your inner nature as well.

Now this owl down below is wise and she knows it, but she loves to share her wisdom. That's why I brought her to life. She is going to be the teacher in an educative garden in France. There she will be passing on fun facts of nature to children.

Have fun dear barn owl!

And you too, have fun sharing your wisdom in your own way today!

 'Barn Owl With A Mission'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

woensdag 30 november 2016


"Cherish the beauty that forms in your mind, for out of this will grow your reality." 

That makes the biggest part of my reason to paint what I love. I simply see the world in lot's of colours. And sometimes, while painting I feel like sitting on a throne, with a crystal ball, wearing pink glasses, picking up what floats around and transforming it into a new world on canvas. Haha
It makes me peaceful and it makes me happy and because I hope that feeling is contagious, I like to share this with you.

I hope you have enjoyed the new moon ceremony and the free 'Soul Saver' give away. (read down below...)

Sharing is multiplying and that's why I'm grateful for everyone who shared his or her wishes. Because I believe the more people live their wish and feel fulfilled the better the world gets.

That's something I also wish for all the doggies (and other animals) out there, who are afraid or uneasy. Find an example in this little happy girl here:-)

 'At Ease'

acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

dinsdag 29 november 2016

no. 1071

If all is well you know by now that today it is that special new moon. This is the moment to sway your heart’s desire into the world.
Just say it straight, simple and with a smile. And most importantly thank in advance that it will be brought  to you.

I know it can be pretty scary to share your souls desire aloud, but be sure it’s enormously more powerful if you do it anyway.
For those brave ones who dare to share their desire with all of us i like to raffle today’s miniature. Because this beautiful Indian lady reinforces our moon-power even more!

Oh and I will start sharing mine here and on my facebookpage as well, sure hope you join me and all our wishes will be heard.

"Thank You! That I am invited all over the world and have beautiful solo-exhibitions of my exquisite large canvases I’ve painted home and on location.
Exhibitions that are well attended, valued and well sold, and which inspire so many people. I can travel, paint, inspire, be inspired and live in abundance. 
Wow thank you, this is wat fully suits me!"

'Soul Saver'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

consider it... 

you could have won her -see more HERE

maandag 28 november 2016

no.1070-ook no.575

As I told you with no. 1068 last saturday, there is a special day coming up. Tuesday November 29, we are entering a new moon, and it is going to help, to reveal our hearts desire. If you are not quite sure what it is you desire, it could be that you have not yet allowed the unicorn of no. 1068 to assist you.

If that still does not help I have got a tip for you.
Tonight, before you go to sleep, you clearly express the desire to find your soul wish.
To find the thing you came here for. And you ask to see and experience it in your dream.
Because maybe you already know what it is, but you do not know how it will feel.
And say thanks already in advance that you are going to get it into the light.
Gratitude is a strong energy.

Good Luck!

The miniature of today is a small clue to the miniature of tomorrow.
And as you know, you could win the miniature of tomorrow, if you participate and are a subscriber... (HERE)
More on that tomorrow. I’m so curious what your wishes are

Ps This might look like a game, and playfulness is key. 
But at the same time it’s energy work and it’s best to be taken serious...
'Into The Light'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"

zondag 27 november 2016

no. 1069

Chico sits on the floor and looks up at me, he is trying to figure out, will she offer me a treat? Attentive ears, intense concentration... Oh no, disappointment, she is only taking a picture...
He looks at his own lady Erika, whom he trusts totally. Ah seems she is having fun. When she is feeling fine, he is feeling great too. Where ever she goes, he will follow. Loyal for always. A real friend.

You will be missed Chico, but true friends stay forever! Maybe not in real life, but surely in the heart.

Today remember to cherish
your true friend(s)

acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

zaterdag 26 november 2016


Maybe you noticed that last November 14 was a very special full moon? On that day we did a ceremony to let go of what we no longer wanted or needed in our lives.I had painted a symbolic miniature and those who participated could win it.

It was so good to hear from you, how it felt afterwards when things were released.

Now upcoming November 29 is again a very special day, a new moon.
This new moon stands in the sign of passion and heart desires. What is really important to you? What desire or dream you cherish for so long now, that finally wants to meet the light? Think about it before it’s the 29th. And also think of which steps could bring you closer?

On the 29th we are going to perform a new ceremony, 
(and win a miniature maybe?) 

It’s for all subscribers of the happy-mini-mail only 
if you want to, please subscribe HERE

Today’s unicorn will help you find your dream-wish. 
She guides you into fantasizing.
What would you be seeing, feeling, hearing, thinking, smelling even, if you were living your dream.
And don’t be to modest, really feel what your soul wishes for. 
The 29th will be a magical day and doors could easily open up to get you closer to your goal!

acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"

vrijdag 25 november 2016


How far can we Sea

The sky is blue or grey or me
If you look close by
you see the drops of salt left on the rocks.
Looking up for distant views
lingers promise
and things not seen
How far can we see...

'How Far Can We Sea'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

donderdag 24 november 2016


Some people say: 'A dog's eyes can tell a thousand tales', and I agree. So today I'm a bit curious, what story do you read in the eyes of Flo?

If you like to tell me what you see, even if it's just in one short word, just tell me down below in the commentsarea

Did you know things can change for the good if you take the time to really look somebody in the eye. With an open mind. No judgement?  If you experienced any of that today I would also love to hear about it...

no.1066  'Flo'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

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