maandag 22 mei 2017

no.1100

Waterlily's like the lotus have their roots firmly entrenched in the mud and their beautiful flowers lightly floating on the water surface.

They close their pretty heads every evening as the light fades and open up fresh and frivolous at dawn. That's why they can be seen as a symbol of rebirth and second chances.

I like this symbolic meaning and I believe in second, third or even fourth chances. And  I will keep on stating it's important to never give up on your dream.

Several years ago I visited museum de Fundatie /kasteel het Nijenhuis. I fell in love with the natural surrounding and the way the art was shown in this castle. I secretly wished to hang there with my art, but I did not even paint at that time. This Wednesday this dream will come true! 

My painting 'What Lies Beneath' (100x100cm) is being exhibited from the 24th of may till the 20th of august in museum de fundatie/kasteel Nijenhuis. 
It feels kind of festive, just as it feels festive that today I painted no. 1100 of the miniature project. One little step at the time and believing it's possible will get you almost anywhere you want.

What is your dream?

Have a week full of dreams and believing
With Love Lies



'Don't think dreaming is a waste of time, 
for dreams are our realities in waiting. 
In dreams we plant the seeds of our future' 



 'Lily Of The Pond'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch



maandag 8 mei 2017

no.1099

You probably know walking is good for you. It strengthens your heart, lowers disease risk, gives you energy, helps you lose weight and best of all walking makes you happy. It's the best medicine for a mild case of depression.


If you walk outside every day for about 30 minutes you also boost your vitamin D and that's something your bones and immune system will love.

Strolling down the beach and feeling the sand between your toes is my absolute favorite. It's like a free foot massage. That together with smelling the sea and all of the above advantages makes me wonder why I don't go there every day:-)

Have a healthy week

With Love Lies


'Always keep a little
beach day in your heart'




maandag 1 mei 2017

no.1098

Just living is not enough, said the butterfly,

one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.
 ~Hans Christian Andersen



With Love Lies



'Flying High'

acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


maandag 24 april 2017

no.1097

Apple blossom what a joy!
This year all of my favorite models seem to blossom at the same time. The blossoms of course but also magnolia, rhododendron, ranunculus, anemone, tulips and I spotted the peony too. Keeps me busy and I like it.
I am painting a larger apple blossom and made a small one on the side for you to blossom away this week.


P.s if you are interested, I will put the bigger painting 
on Facebook and INSTAGRAM soon.


With Love Lies


'Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.' Marcel Proust

'Apple Blossom'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


maandag 17 april 2017

no.1096

I would like to tell you about a friend,

she looks like an angel to me, and she feels like one too.
She does not have wings that I can see
and only wears her halo on special occasions;-)

I guess you could say she is an everyday woman living a simple life.
But she has a big heart and memorable qualities. 
If she is angry for example she can let it storm.
But if she is happy she will let the sun shine.
She touches my heart and soul in a special way.

If you have friends like that cherish them, and try to be one too.
(except for the storm-part that is;-)

Happy Easter
With Love Lies


'Friends are Angels
that lift us to our Feet
when our Wings have trouble
remembering how to Fly'



'Angelic Friend'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch



maandag 10 april 2017

no. 1095


Look into my eyes, what do you see
Is it you that is helping me
or is it me that is helping you
by carrying you into your heart

I present myself being small and insecure
vulnerable not weak
because I know you recognize me
and so
we will both grow stronger

With Love Lies


'I am a student
of whoever
I can learn from'
Rashad Evans


 'Acces To A Deeper Field'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch

maandag 3 april 2017

no. 1094



Sometimes an animal enters our life with a special reason, in fact I believe mostly they do.


Maybe they come in to open your heart, like my dog Raf did for me long time ago. Or they teach you to play more in life, enjoy cuddling, or go outside and explore the world. And how wonderful it is to see a kid build up self-confidence with a loyal pet-friend on his or her side.

The fun part is, you think you pick your pet, but they just as much choose you. It's an energetic interaction.

It might even take less then a few weeks to get a bond and discover new knowledge on yourself. That's the way it went with dog Tommie en his family. They got the insight that you can't fill up a void but you can accept it for what it is and transform it into something new. It was not easy because of earlier loss but after a short while they parted ways.

Tommie went on to another family to share his wisdom. But he also remains the dog of his first friends. Not in a physical way but in their hearts he will stay. 

A nice thought to start this week with. Nothing you hold dear is ever really lost, it always comes back to you in another form.

Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.

With Love Lies

'Let your faith be 
bigger than your fear'


'Faith'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch



zondag 2 april 2017

no.1093

Sometimes an animal enters our life with a special reason, in fact I believe mostly they do.


Maybe they come in to open your heart, like my dog Raf did for me long time ago. Or they teach you to play more in life, enjoy cuddling, or go outside and explore the world. And how wonderful it is to see a kid build up self-confidence with a loyal pet-friend on his or her side.

The fun part is, you think you pick your pet, but they just as much choose you. It's an energetic interaction.

It might even take less then a few weeks to get a bond and discover new knowledge on yourself. That's the way it went with dog Tommie en his family. They got the insight that you can't fill up a void but you can accept it for what it is and transform it into something new. It was not easy because of earlier loss but after a short while they parted ways.

Tommie went on to another family to share his wisdom. But he also remains the dog of his first friends. Not in a physical way but in their hearts he will stay. 

A nice thought to start this week with. Nothing you hold dear is ever really lost, it always comes back to you in another form. You can rely on that, just keep faith

With Love Lies


'You can grieve
but have faith... 
Anything you lose 
comes round 
in another form.'

Jalaluddin Rumi


 'Tommie'

acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


maandag 27 maart 2017

no. 1092

The most lovable sign of spring is seeing butterflies again. They need sunny weather. When the sun shines, they can absorb solar heat with their wings, to warm up and fly.


Butterflies are light and frivolous the way they flutter from flower to flower. It's a joyous sight. They simply enjoy life so it seems. Makes me smile always.

To enter spring I've painted a butterfly for you today. It's one from South-America and usually when they rest they will sit upside down in a high tree. I like their graphic pattern a lot. The male can make a cracking noise, although nobody knows what it's used for. That's how they got their name.

Hope we get to enjoy lots of sun this week, 
With Love Lies




'A butterfly
counts not months
but moments,
and always has time enough'




 'Flying Blue Cracker'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


maandag 20 maart 2017

no. 1091

*Note to self


If you feel good or if you feel sad, if you feel tired, energetic, doubtful, secure, proud or ashamed. Alone or together, or any other emotion. Just feel it all the way. It's there for a reason.

And then realize...
Amazing things will happen.
expect it, be ready, rejoice over it.

Enjoy your week!
With Love Lies


Amazing Things Will Happen


'Keep Smiling Deer'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


maandag 13 maart 2017

no. 1090

There is a flowershop nearby my house which I really like. Antoesa.  It's run by a friendly lady which in itself is a good reason to go there. But more importantly she sells beautiful flowers a piece. If you handpick your bouquet there it's as if you see the beauty of each type of flower even more. 


We all have our different kind of beauty, and together we create a colourful mix. Sometimes we have to put in a bit more effort to see the good, but it's there in everything in everyone.
I strongly believe that looking for beauty and amplifying or magnifying it makes us more happy and better people. 

Not closing our eyes for 'reality' but focus on the good stuff at the same time. Every moment of every day of every week is about making choices, but this week in the Netherlands it's more than ever about choosing wisely.

Look for the good!

Enjoy your week!
With Love Lies




'Train your mind 
to see the beauty 
in everything'



 'Joyful Bouquet'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch


maandag 6 maart 2017

no.1089

Kingfishers could easily be the most exotic bird we have in the Netherlands. Those bright colors are not so common over here.


Walking near a clear stream of water you might see a flash of quick-flying blue feathers diving for fish.

It is said the kingfisher is the promise of more abundance, new warmth, prosperity and love that is about to enter your life.

So if you have the luck to see one it probably leaves you in aah.



Meeting a kingfisher, even in your dreams also tells you to enjoy life more. And teach your children to enjoy life. In real life the little kingfisher-babies learn to live their own life right after they fly out of the nest. Don't be afraid to try new things. The way a kingfisher dives into the water to catch a fish, you can see yourself diving into something new.

Don't worry, with a kingfisher around you will do just fine...

That's why I painted two today, so two people can enjoy these bird powers :-) Or if you are a huge fan and you are quick you can choose them both, they kind of belong together.





Enjoy your week!

With Love Lies



'It's a new dawn.
It's a new day. It's a new life.'






 'Kingfisher Power'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch



no.1088

Kingfishers could easily be the most exotic bird we have in the Netherlands. Those bright colors are not so common over here.

Walking near a clear stream of water you might see a flash of quick-flying blue feathers diving for fish.

It is said the kingfisher is the promise of more abundance, new warmth, prosperity and love that is about to enter your life.
So if you have the luck to see one it probably leaves you in aah.

Meeting a kingfisher, even in your dreams also tells you to enjoy life more. And teach your children to enjoy life. In real life the little kingfisher-babies learn to live their own life right after they fly out of the nest. Don't be afraid to try new things. The way a kingfisher dives into the water to catch a fish, you can see yourself diving into something new.

Don't worry, with a kingfisher around you will do just fine...

That's why I painted two today, so two people can enjoy these bird powers :-) Or if you are a huge fan and you are quick you can choose them both, they kind of belong together.




Enjoy your week!

With Love Lies




no.1088 'Kingfisher Love'
acrylic on canvas 5x5cm 2x2"inch



maandag 20 februari 2017

no.1087

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.'
Rumi



 '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

no.1085

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


This miniature (5x5cm) is part of the  'Small to Big-series' and will be on exhibition and for sale in MUSEUM DE FUNDATIE together with it's bigger version 'What Lies Beneath' (100x100cm)




maandag 30 januari 2017

no.1084

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

no.1083


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


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