Woohoo! I was so excited, I was about to meet Karlijn van de Wier. Even the rain didn’t affect my enthusiasm. Instead of a meet up in the nature, we met in Villa Pastorie in Tilburg where Karlijn and I could have been for hours more if she didn’t have to visit the hairdresser.
Traveling Sketchbook travels around the world to collect artworks from different artists. By visiting an artist, Carmen talks with the artist about all kinds of subjects. During the conversation the artist can create whatever they want in the sketchbook.
The works are collected in 8 countries. Read here which artists participated in the project. Like Hayden Williams, Philip Hopman, Dimitra Milan and Karlijn van de Wier. [click on the title]
Last Sunday I participated in a workshop “Paint your bliss”, by Nancy Kerkhofs. This strengthened the feeling that I use this period to find my bliss.
I really admire Dimitra’s work, it inspires me a lot with the beautiful colors and models. And even more amazing: she is just 17 years old! So I went all the way to Greece to get a chance to meet her in Naphlio. Hope you’ll enjoy this long-read!
I am back in the Netherlands after visiting the beautiful Croatia. One week long I joined my family in Dramalj. Diving, snorkeling and meeting two great artists were some of the things I’ve done.
So far, here in Croatia, my Traveling Sketchbook has been stored in my suitcase safely and I’ve been creating art myself. I’d like to share why I love creating abroad.
This particular category of travel buddies is not really a new category. It is a certain group in the ‘unexpected’ group. They are special. Not only because their moms say so, but also because I say it.
If I didn’t take it easy back in Australia, if I didn’t choose for myself at that moment, then Traveling Sketchbook probably wasn’t this big at this moment. I’d like to share how important ‘Shaka brah’ became to me.
As unexpected as the wave in the photo, are some travel buddies. You know that they might show up, but you are a little surprised when they do. And they make you laugh, just like this wave.
In the photo you see how I illustrated Marieke, made with watercolors. But what is Marieke’s favorite material and what inspires her? Read about it here.
And on the road again! From seeing her artworks on Instagram to holding some originals in her home studio. I got to meet the friendly Marieke Nelissen in Den Bosch, where I learned more about the world of children’s book illustrations.