houseplants enjoying the winter sunshine | yellow lichen, green moss in the zuid-kennermerland dunes | hanging globe lights @ tolhuistuin, amsterdam noord | art deco fabric lampshade @ tuschinski theatre, amsterdam | drawing work-in-progress | warm 'n cosy @ home | handpainted owl kite (detail), made by leendert masselink | two sunrise views from my studio windows | king midas sound performing @ paradiso noord, tolhuistuin | murex pecten (venus comb shell) | blue nail polish (a gift from yoko :) | blue cat | january sky | nitnit and inky, by chares burns | a favourite folded paper lampshade (designed by studio snowpuppe) | brittle, bone-white deadwood in the zuid-kennermerland dunes | drawing work-in-progress (bull headed shrike - stern?) | drawing work-in-progress (sloane's viper fish - aghast?) | gira doing a laudable viper fish impression

houseplants enjoying the winter sunshine  |  yellow lichen, green moss in the zuid-kennemerland dunes  |  hanging globe lights @ tolhuistuin, amsterdam noord  |  art deco fabric lampshade @ tuschinski theatre, amsterdam  |  drawing work-in-progress  |  warm ‘n cosy @ home  |  handpainted owl kite (detail), made by leendert masselink  |  two sunrise views from my studio windows  |  king midas sound performing @ paradiso noord, tolhuistuin  |  murex pecten (venus comb shell)  |  blue nail polish (a gift from yoko :)  |  blue cat  |  january sky  |  nitnit and inky, by the great charles burns  |  a favourite folded-paper lampshade (designed by studio snowpuppe|  brittle, bone-white twigs in the zuid-kennemerland dunes  |  drawing work-in-progress (bull headed shrike – he’s a stern little fella)  |  drawing work-in-progress (sloane’s viper fish – apparently aghast?)  |  gira doing a laudable viper fish impression (‘though he needs to work on the ‘wide-eyed expression of astonishment’)

It was a colourful month…

january colours abridged

rotterdam, 31 december 2015

an ox-alien

Here we are, already in the third week of another new year! I hope it has been treating you well so far… and that in 2016 we can all be kinder to each other.

On 31 December 2015 the sun was bright and the sky was blue (a good omen for the new year ahead?), so we decided to take advantage of this winter clemency, laced-up comfy boots, and bade farewell to the old year with another visually rewarding city wander through the streets of Rotterdam… where lively street art, dynamic architecture and evocative tall-masted boats abound, and on this gloriously bright last day of the year all in vivid technicolour.

rotterdam, 31 december 2015

apparently rotterdam’s quirky ‘cube houses‘ are intended to represent trees, with all the houses clustered together making up a wood, but to me they seem to be inspired by that simplest (but undeniably classic) of Dutch bar snacks… the kaasblokje

rotterdam, 31 december 2015

lasers from on high
(probably wise to keep that window closed!)

rotterdam, 31 december 2015

firebird
(details from the garden wall mosaic community project)

rotterdam, 31 december 2015

beautiful bugs

rotterdam, 31 december 2015

abundant growth

rotterdam, 31 december 2015

no cat can resist the mighty allure of… STRING

rotterdam, 31 december 2015

vanishing point

rotterdam, 31 december 2015

go green… ride a bike

rotterdam, 31 december 2015

1991 mural by little-known dutch ceramics & textile artist harry boom (1945-1995)… so much more interesting than damien hirst’s tedious spot paintings!

rotterdam, 31 december 2015

hypnotic

rotterdam, 31 december 2015

beautiful beryl bay… a perfect spot to curl up with a good book and a cuppa!

rotterdam, 31 december 2015

alliteration

rotterdam, 31 december 2015

witty?

rotterdam, 31 december 2015

weight(less)

rotterdam, 31 december 2015

quayside

rotterdam, 31 december 2015

and when, in the middle of the afternoon, the sun begins to set and the winter chill really kicks in, one must seek appropriate fuel!

winter (sun)light in den bosch, december 2015

… and blue.

Winter (sun)light captured on a December afternoon’s wandering in Den Bosch (birthplace of the late, great Hieronymus Bosch).

winter (sun)light in den bosch, december 2015

 

winter (sun)light in den bosch, december 2015

 

winter (sun)light in den bosch, december 2015

 

winter (sun)light in den bosch, december 2015

 

winter (sun)light in den bosch, december 2015

 

winter (sun)light in den bosch, december 2015

 

winter (sun)light in den bosch, december 2015

 

winter (sun)light in den bosch, december 2015

wishing you peaceful days
namaste

'floral mandalas'

ink & watercolour ‘floral mandalas’

This time last year I was a bit snowed under by the many ‘to dos’ associated with moving to a new city so I took a break from my annual handmade festive greeting card manufactory… and I thought I’d be doing the same again this year (it’s December already??! where did 2015 go!?!) but then I got caught up in the colourful fun of painting a series of small ‘floral mandalas’, first as doodles in my sketchbook and then in a somewhat more ‘considered’ way on watercolour paper off-cuts that I’d been hoping to find a good use for…

'floral mandalas' details

'floral mandala' cards - work in progress

work-in-progress

I soon realised that I seemed to be making cards, and almost as quickly realised that hand-painting cards for all the friends and family I’d like to send festive new year greetings to would be completely insane quite unachievable in the time available. So I decided to try out the greeting card printing services of MOO (I’ve had business cards & stickers printed by them in the past and the quality is great… btw, this is not a sponsored post, just my personal opinion ;-). A unique (as far as I’m aware) and very appealing feature of MOO’s service is that you can have a different design printed on every card in a pack at no additional cost… so the possibilities are almost endless!

I scanned some of my ink & watercolour ‘floral mandalas’ and played around with them in Photoshop to arrive at five festive designs to have printed by MOO. These are they…

'floral mandala' greeting cards

‘floral mandala’ cards

Unable to resist the ‘multiple designs’ feature of MOO’s service I also had some creature cards printed (with designs based on these limited edition ‘animal diorama’ silkscreen prints made a few years ago).

owl & octopus 'animal diorama' greeting cards

‘animal diorama’ cards – octopus & owl

Not traditionally ‘Christmassy’, for sure… but I say good riddance to the jolly, fat man in the red suit and all hail the red-eyed kraken! ;-)

owl & octopus 'animal diorama' greeting cards

Some of these cards are now available in my Etsy storethey can be found here >
Or you might like to give MOO’s greeting card printing service a whirl yourself, here >

'floral mandala' greeting cards

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'Octopus & Anemones' Screenprint

'Octopus & Anemones' Screenprint

'Octopus & Anemones' Screenprint

'Octopus & Anemones' Screenprint

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'Octopus & Anemones' Screenprint

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