Friday, April 30, 2010

Mr. Butch Anthony

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A bird

Not too long ago I read at the Freeman project this post about Mamadou Tall Diedhiou. This man is creating birds, they are lovely and very thoughtful made. That is the reason why I created this little bird. Learned also that I shouldn't buy any more napkins because the folding lines keep on showing up.

Hope you will hear some beautiful bird songs.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Today I have two pages out of my art-journal for you which I made while I was trying to figure out the behaviour of us humans. My very simple conclusion is that we all have different layers which all hold their own energy. These layers are creating a pattern which is unique for each individual.

Let's hope I remember this when I meet someone who is ......

Have a lovely day.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

An afternoon at the beach

One aftternoon on the beach at my  island

A shell

A little hole

Art of nature


Dried seaweed

A stone with layers

Enjoy your day, where ever you are.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Walk on

I walk on with my journal to keep me company.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

How do I want to walk through life?

Leaving loving footprints behind me.


Following in someone's footsteps

Leaving a print to be remembered.

No matter what I keep walking and learn all that life has to offer

Have a beautiful day.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The circular form of life

Today an embroidery drawing which explains life to me. Human beings like to create some sort of order that makes sense to them. The vintage napkin I embroidered on has squares weaved in but living means thinking outside the box. Life has a tendency to be circular but not a circle. Not only a main road but many side tracks. The main road gives a sense of stability while the side tracks are asking for exploration, adventure. Knowing what the main road exists of for you makes it more easy to take a country road and learn something new because it is easy to return. Not knowing the core of the main road subsequently means that it is more difficult to find you way back when you drift away from it.

A detail photo so you can see the weaved in squares more clearly.

Have a day filled with love.


Monday, April 19, 2010

Navaho poem

Since last friday I am in a reflective mood and thinking about how to walk through life and what it means to me. Today I would like to share with you this Navaho poem with you that keeps me company already for many years.

May your moccasins make many happy trails today.


Friday, April 16, 2010

My shoebox

My shoebox

This is the final post on the shoebox-project which started on the 18th of March. 


This flower I didn't make myself but was a gift of friendship from Anneli.


The 47-symbol is taken from Soul Food and I hope that a pencil and a needle with lovely thread will always keep me company.


The butterfly is my symbol for this year.
 Music is whispering in my ear while I create.


The ties of the past were tight but I never gave up my dream.

You probably notice that the colours of Soul Food have slipped in, they just hold so much meaning to me that I couldn't help myself. The pink floor means walking with love, the blue and pink ceiling is the sky and giving myself fresh air. In the little journal beside the bed I made small drawings of Soul Food-symbols.

A last look.
This week I finished four projects and I am really happy with the results. I hope you to and that you enjoyed your stay at Landanna. Thank you all for your encouraging comments and mails. Next week I will be working on the book called Philosophy.

Have fantastic weekend with lots of fun.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Shoebox update

Totally ready, finished, done is the outside of the shoebox. You already saw the knitted piece, now I folded it around the box and with my crochethook and the yarn I fasten it. Ofcourse I already had some practice because I used the same method as in the Think-project.

For me it was very exciting if it all would work out. Was the knitted piece too big or too small? Could I still close the shoebox when it was covered? All kind of questions and no answers until I did what I needed to do.

And here you see the end result. I have some last details to finish up inside the shoebox. So tomorrow I will show the inside and hopefully surprise you.

Have a fantastic day!!!!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A painting from memorylane

Do you remember this piece? The embroidery in this painting is made a little over a year ago, here is the orginal post, and the lesson is still valuable.

The background is made out of very soft angora wool.

Have a day filled with love in your heart.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Breaking the pattern

Another project is finished. Do you remember this pile?

The idea for this project started at Blogcamp in January with the discussion that green was my colour. Still finding hard to believe but  Spud and I hooked up and we both made a grannyblanket.

The blanket is stitched together with the blanket stitch.

Breaking any pattern takes an effort to do so but a new door will be opened because of it.

Have a beautiful day filled with possibilities.


Monday, April 12, 2010

Finishing up

Last week I felt some discomfort with myself because I am working a lot but felt like my energy was just whirling around. Later on I realized that working on 8 different projects isn't a good idea. So this week will be a week of finishing up.

The first finished project is the textile painting in the picture. The inspiration for this painting came from a sketch of Vincent van Gogh. For information in this very special man you can click here. What this site doesn't tell is that he is born in a neighbouring village of my hometown and therefore is a bit more special to me.

The leafs are made of handdyed, handspun linen thread which gives the leafs a special texture.

The branch is made out of very fine cotton in different colours.

The background is knitted in 100% wool out of Peru.

Ofcourse this textile painting doesn't come even close to Vincent's beautiful drawing but helped me to create a new piece in which the different colours and texture of a tree have come to life.

Have a wonderful start of the week.


Friday, April 9, 2010

The shoebox and learning from mistakes

What have I learned while working on my shoebox:
  • The yarn and its thickness and knittingstitches used have a big influence on the way it stretches . 
  • How to  fasten the knitted cloth on to the shoebox without glue.
  • That I need to think a little longer before I jump into the stitchingprocess.
  • That I love to solve the problems which turn up each time around.
  • And a problem you probably also know, a day is just too short when you want to do everything.
Another busy weekend is planned. Let's hope I can find some hours to work on my shoebox because I want to finish the shoebox next week.

I want to thank everybody who stopped by this week, it means a lot to me.

Have a great weekend filled with sunshine.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Excitment in communicating

A few weeks ago I made the page with a hand holding the heart, this art-journal page. I was totally wrapped up about the idea, revisited Listening to the wind and made a new page in which this kind of communicating was incorporated.

Have a lovely day and try to listen to the whispers of the wind brought by your butterfly.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Field of hearts

During my absence I did a little bit of embroidering. The piece is called Field of Hearts and this is the result.

Each heart is unique.
Lives within its own boundaries
Trying to find its own path.
No heart lives alone

Have a lovely day.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Wonderful people

A new start and I like to begin to introduce you to some really special artists.

The first person on my list of wonderful people is Maud Lewis. Maud lived from 1903 til 1970 in Nova Scotia under hard circumstances. The first link contains a lot of information about Maud and the second link gives you a peek of her work.
Painted by Maud

The second one is Herbert Freeman. Herbert, a homeless man living in Orlando, is a very special artist since he has to find his supplies on the street. If you click here you can see a short studentfilm about this man. When you want to see his paintings click here.

The third person is named Scott Marr. I am following his blog already for awhile and each time I am blown away by his art and the way he makes it. Click here and you can read his story and see his art. I have to tell you that I feel very blessed. Some time ago I asked Mary and Scott for a photograph of one of his paintings and to my surprise they said: "yes". My bare legged mailman came by during my Easter holiday and delivered this beauty signed by Scott and Mary.

How lucky can one get? VERY!!!!

The fourth person is a homeless man. His name is George but also known as Dr. Geebers or the pebbleman. Unfortunately I found very little information about the man but here is a newspaper interview with some links to photographs of his art. If you click here you find a youtube interview and you can see his art If you love stones you have to see this.

Have a fantastic day!!!!