One of my favorite pastimes as a child was to disappear into my own little world and use my imagination to create things. These things would vary from woolen pumpkins, furniture for doll houses, an entire wardrobe for my Barbie dolls and colored pencil drawings of fashion models and fantasy figures. During my teenage years, I moved on to designing my own clothing, writing short stories and playing the piano. I could spend hours on end on activities like these, feeling perfectly happy.
Today, creativity is still a big part of my life.
For me, creating, has a lot to do with the process. It's a way to express myself or get to grips with something I am struggling with or need a better understanding of. Working with my head and my hands and my heart at the same time, simply makes me feel good. Recurring topics are meaningful relationships, nature, healing, people and feelings.
I like to work with acrylic paint, mostly because it dries fast which really fits my expressive and intuitive way of working. When I’m on the right track from the start, a painting can be done in a couple of hours. Most of the time, however, the painting grows and develops as I work with it. This process can take up to one to several days, sometimes even weeks, and occasionally even months.
All my paintings start with an idea I have jotted down in my little sketch book, which I always have near. From there on, I develop an idea, either on a bigger piece of paper first or directly on canvas. During this process, I choose the style of the painting and the colors I am going to use. I prefer to stretch my own canvas and mix my own colors. The paint I use comes from the brands System and Ara, the latter is an acrylic paint originally created by artists from the ‘Gerrit Rietveld Academie’ in The Netherlands and I absolutely love working with it. I finish every painting with one or more layers of varnish, mostly satin (from Windsor) and lately with UVLS varnish (from Golden) for an even better protection of the painting. The tools I use to paint with are very mood dependent and vary from paint brushes, metal spatulas and knives to pieces of cloth, flowers, sponges and fingers.
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