Connection, getting inspired and going out of your comfortzone

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.

Pursue your bliss

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. 

My favorite travel place at the last day

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.

Making art abroad

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.

Travel buddy #3 what is left?

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.  

Shaka Brah: take it easy

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.

Travel buddy #2: the unexpected one

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. 

7 questions for Marieke Nelissen

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. 

Learning lessons from Marieke Nelissen

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.