Drawing with my father after his stroke

Drawing with my father after his stroke

In the first week of February my father, 65 years old, got several strokes in the left hemisphere of his brain. In hospital his condition first got more severe, probably due to another stroke. There were deficiencies on the right side of his body; he could not walk properly, he didn’t use his right arm
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Spring: a lovely drawing season

Spring: a lovely drawing season

Here in the Netherlands spring is finally starting to break through. Today I have been drawing in the garden in the warm sun for the first time. True moments of bliss for me. It will not be surprising that flowers inspire me most at the moment. Every year in April I post something about spring,
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New drawing challenge starting January 15!

New drawing challenge starting January 15!

  The new year starts with several new projects. A home improvement to renew outdated parts of my house for example, and perhaps more relevant for you; a Facebook Zen drawing challenge on Januari 15th. Feel free to join the challenge and become a member of our facebook group here. What is a drawing challenge?
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Moose Art on Rescue Junction album

Moose Art on Rescue Junction album

About a year ago I got a request from the Canadian bluegrass band ‘Rescue Junction’ to paint a moose for the cover of their upcoming album. Of course I wanted to give it a try and the result, a moose portrait with hughe antlers, is now one of the most popular images in my shop.
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Drawing Stitch in Disney Paris

Drawing Stitch in Disney Paris

This summer my aunt took me and my daughter to Disneyland Paris. It ‘s sort of a tradition, because my aunt took me there when I was just a few years older than my daughter is now. We took the Thalys (train) from Rotterdam to Paris and stayed a few hours in the city centre.
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New website

New website

Hi there! In order to keep this website clear I created a new website with background info about me and my artwork. If you would like to see it, visit www.michelledujardin.com. You can register for my artwork newsletter, find more about my (commercial) projects and read about custom orders. Love to see you there! Michelle
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Keukenhof inspiration

Keukenhof inspiration

Early April I got a custom request from a bride to paint her beautiful wedding bouquet. I had never painted a bouquet before, but I loved the challenge to paint one. The result can be found above. While painting her bouquet, I realized that painting flowers made me feel happy. So I decided to also
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History of watercolor

History of watercolor

A few weeks ago, on a grey Sunday afternoon, I visited the Mesdag Museum in The Hague. To my surprise there was a temporary exhibition about watercolors and their history. Even though my life has been about watercoloring a lot the past 2 years, I hardly knew anything about the history of it. I never
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Digital watercolor illustrations

Digital watercolor illustrations

This year started with quite some discussions about the new EU VAT rules concerning selling digital items in the EU. I was just at the point of starting to sell digital illustrations of my work, when I discovered that this would make my VAT administration incredibly complex. Selling my products from Holland to the rest
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Drawing a tree – how to draw

Drawing a tree – how to draw

One of the most positive effects of Zen drawing for me, is that I am far more aware of the beauty of trees. Sometimes I suddenly look in awe at the shape of a tree and I feel the urge to draw or at least take a picture of it. Before I drew this way,
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Zen drawing on a Buddha board

Zen drawing on a Buddha board

I had never heard of it before until I got a  Buddha board as a present from my uncle. It was very nicely packed in a box together with a tiny pencil. I was attracted to it strait away even I had no idea how it worked. Funnily enough it had been lying next to
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Frederick Franck’s Eye in Love

Frederick Franck’s Eye in Love

With Valentine’s day around the corner seems to be the perfect moment to fall in love again. Like Frederick Franck fell in love with everything he saw, I just fell in love with a book of him called ‘Seeing Venice – An Eye in Love’. This beautifully illustrated book shows Venice in a way I
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Drawing Vermeer

Drawing Vermeer

In December I visited the ‘Mauritshuis’ – Museum with old Dutch masters and took my sketchbook with me. I came across one of the most famous paintings ever: “Girl with a Pearl Earring. Now the latest news is: she isn’t wearing a pearl, they weren’t available those days. My conclusion after a concentrated look: it
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Zen drawing Pack for Christmas with video!

Zen drawing Pack for Christmas with video!

The Zen drawing pack is a very lovely Christmas present; it looks beautiful, contains everything you need to get drawing and it is very well prized too!  Take a look at this video to see the inside of the Pack: If you can’t find it on Amazon (it seems to be out of stock now),
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Drawing goldfish

Drawing goldfish

Nov 24, 2014   Over the past few weeks, I have been quite busy re-decorating my living room. As a result it was a bit of a mess and since I also worked until the late hours, there was hardly any time left to sit down and draw. So I decided to take some time
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My illustrations in Elle City Germany

My illustrations in Elle City Germany

This November my ostrich watercolor paintings will be included in Germanys Elle City magazine. It looks lovely! The illustrations are for sale in my Etsyshop. Twitter It!

The Pack has been published worldwide today!

The Pack has been published worldwide today!

This week, it was exactly one year ago that Willem Radder and me rented an office to have our first brainstorm session for the American book about Zen drawing. We had already been talking about it a lot and when we got a request from a US publisher we were ready to start. In one
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Pictures of the Big Draw in Leiden (Netherlands)

Pictures of the Big Draw in Leiden (Netherlands)

It has been great fun to teach Zen drawing in the Japan Museum (Sieboldhuis) in Leiden. The weather was so nice that we have been drawing in the Museum garden. Our subjects were mainly leaves and branches. I noticed that everyone had a great time and lovely drawings were made. These pictures were taken by
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Zen drawing joins the Big Draw in Leiden

Zen drawing joins the Big Draw in Leiden

  The Big Draw is the most exiting event I know, and the more I read about it, the more enthusiastic I become! It is an international initiative to encourage, stimulate and teach people to draw in a very surprising and joyful way. If you have been reading a bit on this website, or you
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First picture of the Zen drawing Pack is lovely!

First picture of the Zen drawing Pack is lovely!

I was thrilled when I saw the first image of the pack on Goodreads this week! The pack looks beautiful! Can’t wait to hold in my hands.   If you want to be informed about the upcoming book, please click on the following image to sign up for my newsletter: Twitter It!

Mindful book available; download preview here!

Mindful book available; download preview here!

I am so happy to officially announce ‘Zen drawing – a new way to become Mindful’! This ‘twin’ of the book ‘Zen drawing – a new way to become an artist’ focuses on how to use Zen drawing as a meditation technique. This  technique has many benefits, from being an easy and fun way to
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My eBook now in Apple’s Ibookstore; download preview here

My eBook now in Apple’s Ibookstore; download preview here

  It took slightly longer than expected, but the eBook ‘Zen drawing- a new way to become an artist’ is now available as an Apple iBook. During the writing process I was revising it in iBooks and  I fell  in love with the small version of the book on my iPhone. Unfortunately since there are
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EBook now available on Android and Windows Pc’s!

EBook now available on Android and Windows Pc’s!

Zen drawing- a new way to become an artist is now available in the Google Play store. This means that you can now read my eBook in any of the browsers available (Explore, Safari etcetera ). What do you need to do? For Smartphones and tablets Install the Google Play Books-app for Android and iPad/iPhone.
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New Summer challenge: drawing movement

New Summer challenge: drawing movement

Tomorrow July 15th we will start with a new Zen drawing challenge: drawing movement! Drawing moving subjects is a lovely way to let go of the result, let go of your thoughts and finally let go of everything else by seeing and drawing incredibly fast! By drawing daily – sometimes for just 15 minutes or
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Zen drawing – a new way to become an artist

Zen drawing – a new way to become an artist

Zen drawing – a new way to become an artist is an eBook based on the ” the Miracle of Zen drawing”  (part of The Zen drawing Pack) This book explains what Zen drawing is about and how you can do it yourself, even without any drawing experience! This eBook focuses on the art loving
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Zen drawing book is coming September 30th!

Zen drawing book is coming September 30th!

Today I received the cover design of my upcoming book about Zen drawing. I am so excited!! I think it look really cool and I can’t wait to hold it in my hands!! The pack consists of a book (‘The miracle of Zen drawing’) and a journal with practical exercises. It already for presale for
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Mirko Hanak’s animals

Mirko Hanak’s animals

  Just a while ago I received a Facebook message with some beautiful illustrations. I was asked if I knew the artist, because of the resemblance with my work. I had never heard of the Czech artist Mirko Hanak before. After a bit of research on the Internet I found that sadly he passed away
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Zen seeing, Zen singing

Zen seeing, Zen singing

Since September, I am following singing classes in Leiden (Netherlands) with Scott Blick, called ‘Playing with your voice’. They are my first singing classes ever, but I have been told by other participants, that these lessons are not very mainstream at all. Only recently I’m  beginning to realize what is the most important message Scott
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Women in Art 278 magazine

Women in Art 278 magazine

This month (November 2013) my painting was included in the ‘Women in Art 278″ online magazine. Click here to read the magazine. Enjoy!   Twitter It!

Energy

Energy

Just a while ago, I read Ineke van Lint’s article ‘Why do we hurt most those we love and how to stop this?’ Ineke answers this question on the level of energy and explains how we are used to taking energy from others. You can read the article here and you will probably recognize something.
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