That was it, July week 2

It's funny: for months I have loved to start the working day with a small still life or nature study, but now all of a sudden it's enough.

'Everything' in the garden has been portrayed, and you have seen parts of most of my little collections.

But more than that, I feel it is getting in the way of other work.

It was a commitment I put upon myself, and now it is time for other things, making new stuff.



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July, first week

This was the week of the miraculous mirabel: a small tree that we haven't planted, but just appeared in our front garden.

And also the week of poppies and chard, and of tiny dolls.


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End of June, start of July

A nostalgic mix this week, with memories of summers past, through cornflowers that now came from a florist, and an ear of corn that came up in the garden, from spilled bird feed.

The old key to our front door, and mementos of holidays spend in Scotland, and two dolls I made after characters from one of my favourite books I illustrated, Kuik and Vark.


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June, fourth week

A summer week with peas, sweet peas and a strawberry from the garden, and eggs and cherries that were gifts from neighbours.


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June, third week

The week started cool enough with a fresh borage flower, but as the garden wilted in the heatwave, I sought refuge with my always uber cool Barbies.

The vintage Barbie used to belong to one of my elder sisters, but like their clothes, found its way to us little ones: my younger sister and me.

We both had a Skipper doll, Barbies younger sister, that we got from Sinterklaas at a party from my fathers work.


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June, second week

Although I spent most of this week in the garden, there are only two plants this time.

The other days I could draw upon my many small collections: Old toys and haberdashery.


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June, first week

June starts of with new flowers and old objects,


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May, week 4

This week we go from a tiny pelargonium, through teapots from faraway countries, flowers from my own garden and handmade birds to the sun!


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May, week 3

In this grey week we go from Columbine to Lily of the valley via a coffee cup and needle cases.


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May, week 2

Week two started of with a posy picked in the polder just outside Utrecht where we live.

But as I have been making these almost daily drawings for over a year now, most plants come around for the second time by now.

So I like to put together little still lifes. I can draw on the many little collections I have accumulated 'by accident'.

Here it is potsherds (picked up wherever I am, or just broken at home) and sea glass, or mermaid's tears.


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