Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
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
Friday, November 27, 2009
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
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
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.
Posted by Mariska Meijers at 11:51 AM
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
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
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
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
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!
Posted by Mariska Meijers at 11:44 PM
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
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
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
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
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.
Posted by Mariska Meijers at 6:53 PM