Monday, November 30, 2009

David Hicks

Today I became a "facebook" fan of To you who know my art & designs will immediately understand why I am drawn to his work. Who says colour clashing interiors can't be stylish! Picture: courtesy

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Artists at work


A big canvas today. The over-sized version of a water colour sketch I did last week. Size matters! Can't help loving to attack a canvas where I need at least a step stool or a chair to reach the top. It reminds me of a picture of Matisse at work on "Nymph in the Forest" in his studio at Hotel Regina in Nice (photograph by Varian Fry). He will always be my one of my heroes.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Rainy Saturday what great day to paint. Almost done with one of my signature blossom pieces for my next exhibition at Arps&Co Fine Arts in Amsterdam.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Kaleidoscope II

This is one of the water colour sketches I did after my visit to the quilt exhibition at Textile Museum of Canada. I am going to translate this to one of my new oil paintings. Can't wait!

Thursday, November 26, 2009


On the last day of my Toronto trip I finally had time to do a bit of culture and went to the Textile Museum of Canada on Centre Avenue. They had an amazing exhibition of antique quilts curated by Max Allen. What a craftmanship. I feel inspired by the patterns and have already started to make sketches to use in my paintings and textile designs.

Monday, November 23, 2009


Well I have been off line for a few days. I flew to Toronto last Friday and have been helping my sister who just moved to her new house in the Beaches.  In the picture a quick water color impression of her romantic blue house.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Holiday spirit

I made an illustration for the invitation of my festive exhibition at Stock Interiors in December. Jeroen and Leonie Stock have a wonderful eclectic taste. They have no fear when it comes to combining colours and patterns and that is exactly why my art and textiles feel at home in their store.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Addicted to tinkering around

Whoops... another day has past and I am still tinkering around with my water colours. May be it is strange coming from an artist to say that I almost feel guilty having done hardly anything else. Unfortunately my to do list does not spontaneousely shorten by itself. Well, tomorrow is another day to tend to the building of my webshop, sales calls, press release, accounting, grocery shopping, getting my winter boots fixed, making homework with my kids, etc. etc.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tinkering around

I am spending the day tinkering around with water colours. I have a small exhibition in one of my favourite interior design stores, Stock Interiors in Amsterdam, in December. I usually paint my  "Interiors" in oils on big scale canvasses but I am making a series with water colours for this exhibition as the store is small. Water colour is asking a lot more from me in terms of focus as with oils a "mistake" is easily corrected. Here is one I did this morning featuring my French lamp.

Monday, November 16, 2009


I find that this picture defines style. It is from a Kate Spade homeware advertisment.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Minnie mouse and the recovering economy

On today's business news I heard that the Dutch economy is recovering. One of the factors being increased exports to Asia. I have a "minnie mouse" business but everytime I ship my products to other countries I feel proud. Last week it was boxes filled with my stationery published by Bekking & Blitz, destination Singapore. Let there be loads of minnie mice.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


I gave myself a present today. There are those days that one just deserves it.. So far I have been taken pictures with my phone for my blog. Mwaaaa not too good. I am no camera wizard so I bought myself a very simple tiny canon ixus. Tried to "shoot" my mood board first.

Friday, November 13, 2009


I have always been fearless when it comes to mixing styles, colours and patterns. I can drewl over intriging photographs of interiors and I have been collecting articles and books on interiors for many years. Here are two pictures by Pascal Chevalier of Eric Wright's flamboyant Parisian appartment. I believe they are from an issue of The World of Interiors many years back. He didn't want his appartment to look "predictably decoratively correct". Oh how I can relate to that!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Feeling blue

Today I am feeling a bit blue. It doesn't suit me at all, but I can't deny that there are days that I am just wondering "what the hell was I thinking.....". I am lucky that those blue episodes don't last for long. There is just too much enjoyment and challenge in what I am doing.....painting, creating something new.
The picture is by Henny van Belkom a very talented Dutch photographer whith a passion for interiors.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stars, food & art

There are days that I get more little stars in my eyes than usual. I designed 10 culinary greeting card illustrations for 3 Michelin star chef Jonnie Boer and his sommelier wife Therese of restaurant the Librije. This picture was taken last Saturday (after a divine 5 course lunch!). Next to me in the picture is my culinary" partner in crime" Lise Goeman Borgesius.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Interior - Kees van Dongen

In my blog I occasionally show picures of artists' studios. I love visiting them but there are plenty that I will never have a chance to see for the simple reason that they have vanished. Alexander Liberman was a photographer who set out to visit artists after World War II to document their lives and inspiring surroundings. Here is a picture of Dutch painter Kees van Dongen in his vast Paris studio, 87 years of age, surrounded by his paintings and cherished objects, reading, his desk cluttered, he almost disappears in the space.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Objects of desire

A little display with objects I cherish, including porcelain birds and an old art catalogue featuring work of Braque. The quality of this picture is lousy, I really need to buy myself a proper camera!

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Besides Snow White I am connected to another princess as I was named after one: Mariska, the circus princess. It was a very popular book in my childhood written by the Hungarian writer Sandor Kis. I keep it on a stand next to my mood board. On the cover a little girl balancing on the back of a horse, how appropriate!

Friday, November 6, 2009


Designing fabric is one thing, having them produced a whole other ball game. I work with a wonderful fabric producer. I get excited everytime I get a new production in. The colours are always as vibrant as I intended them to be. This picture features the orange version of my "In Bloom" series.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Filing some pictures I came across this "yellow" one taken at an art opening in Amsterdam. Besides wearing yellow I also love to use it in my paintings, especially cadmium yellow which has a beautiful depth and warmth.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Come rain, come shine

Unbelievable the amount of rain today. I am longing for the sun pouring into my house. Here is a picture I took this summer. A glimpse of my interior with plenty of sunlight.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Women & Shoes

I have done quite a few shoe paintings and illustrations. I did these summer slippers as a greeting card for a goodiebag at the International Amsterdam Fashion Week. What is it with women and shoes. A shoe to a woman is what a woman is to a man. Simply irresistible!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Playing with Vogue Nippon

I have been playing with pages of Vogue Nippon today as I need to create some fun affordable pieces for an event this Sunday. I have painted my signature blossoms, but what a different feel they have with models and Japanese characters shining through.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Working Sundays

It is not unusual for me to work on a Sunday. Today it was cold and wet, ideal conditions to sit behind my apple with a cup of tea (and too much chocolate!!). From my desk I look outside but also into my open plan kitchen. Here is a snapshot of a little corner in my kitchen.


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