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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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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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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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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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Drawing faces: September Challenge!

Drawing faces: September Challenge!

A new drawing challenge is on it’s way! The whole month of September we will be drawing for at least 15 minutes a day. This will improve your seeing- and drawingskills and quiet your mind. There will be many more advantages, but you will only find out by participating! This time our objective is to
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Drawing of the Sacre Coeur in Paris

Drawing of the Sacre Coeur in Paris

In December 2011 I visited Paris. A friend took a temporary job and rented an apartment. I was invited and went just before Christmas. I was planning to draw while she was at work. Those drawing I would use as illustrations for the book about Zen drawing I was working on at that time. The
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May Challenge has started!

May Challenge has started!

A new challenge has started! The purpose is to draw 30 minutes every day for two weeks, starting at May 17th. Even though it has already begun, you can still join us and post your drawings on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/137571516430556/ If you enjoy sharing your drawings and drawing experiences, you might like to join the zen
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Drawing Sardinia Italy

Drawing Sardinia Italy

I just came back from Sardinia Italy. Of course I took my sketschbook with me. Although Sardinia had the most beautiful and bright colors, drawing with just a pencil can result in great drawings.  The rough coast and cork-oaks are so pretty… Twitter It!

Drawing a Magnolia tree

Drawing a Magnolia tree

  The first weeks of spring were incredibly cold in Holland this year. As a result, nature got a little confused and all plants and trees flower much later than usual. My most favorite of all plants and tree’s; the magnolia, is still not in full bloom yet. Last year the magnolia flowered in the
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Drawing in the ZOO

Drawing in the ZOO

You might have noticed that I love drawing animals. Maybe I should say: I love animals, so that’s why I love to draw them. For animal lovers like me, the zoo can be a perfect place to draw: a lot of diversity and the animals are always close enough so you can see them very
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A zen drawing Etsyshop

A zen drawing Etsyshop

This week I opened a new Etsyshop with my Zen drawings. You can find original drawings and reproductions. And of course my Dutch book about Zen drawing. The shop is attached to this website, you can find it in the menu (shop)! Twitter It!

Father and…

Father and…

Last weekend, I drew at Scheveningen beach. There was no wind, and the sea was calm. While drawing, a father and son appeared. I only drew the son.     Than my uncle told me, the drawing reminded him of the film ‘Father and daughter’ by Michael Dudok de Wit. I had never really seen
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Drawing reflex: a kind of automatic drawing

Drawing reflex: a kind of automatic drawing

The most amazing thing about Zen drawing, is that if you just step aside and let your drawing reflex take over, it feels like your hand is able to draw by itself. What in fact has happened is what the Buddhists call "the awakening of your inner artist" and you will discover that if you
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Challenge Feb 13 image gallery

Challenge Feb 13 image gallery

  The February Zen drawing challenge has passed, but I guess no one has really stopped drawing! It only made us more addicted to zen drawing! The drawing group has gathered in this Facebook Community. Please join, if you would like to participate in future drawing challenges or if you would like to follow new
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Challenge drawings

Challenge drawings

Recent drawings I made because of the challenge: Twitter It!

Challenge

Challenge

  Holger Wendt has come up with a lovely challenge that I would like to share with you. He created a facebookpage, an open event, that you can join. If you don’t have a facebook account, no problem! You can share your experience on the forum! Here is the challenge: Seeing-drawing at least 15 minutes
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Drawing a Dutch landscape

Drawing a Dutch landscape

Every now and than when it is nice weather and I have some spare time, I get on my bike for a ride around the countryside. Because just minutes around the corner from where I live, you can find yourself in a typical Dutch landscape, named a ‘polder’. As you may or may not know Holland is extremely
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O Christmas tree

O Christmas tree

Here it is, our little Christmas tree. This is already the third year that it’s celebrating Christmas in our home. It has a corner in our garden where it stands all year. I didn’t expect it to survive, but it does and it is growing a few inches every year. Because it is standing in
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Drawing the wintergarden

Drawing the wintergarden

This is me, drawing the garden. Today was the first day with snow in the Netherlands.   Twitter It!

Drawing leaves

Drawing leaves

  It’s autumn in Holland. I have seen so many beautiful colored leaves on the trees. The last weeks many fell on the ground and now I mainly see bold branches. Leaves are always great fun to draw. I found many different shapes and brought them home. I will post some beautiful October autumn pictures
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Mindful drawing

Mindful drawing

Mindfulness has become very popular in the West over the last few years. Lot’s of people discovered the benefits of keeping their attention in the moment and to practice a tolerant attitude towards everything that happened in their lives. Sitting in meditation however, trying to get a still mind by thinking about ‘nothing’ is very
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Drawing a Pussywillow

Drawing a Pussywillow

There’s a ‘pussywillow’ in my garden. This is the popular name for the ‘Salix caprea Pendula‘. This past two weeks, the days were getting warmer and so it started to grow hairy flowers. After a few days, yellow anthers appeared and attracked lots of bee’s, so whole of last week I have been looking at all
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Drawing the work of Saul Leiter

Drawing the work of Saul Leiter

At this moment (januari 2012), the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam is holding an exhibition of the artistic work of Saul Leiter. I had never heard of him before, but friends recommended me to go and have a look. So I visited the museum last saturday for the first time. I took my drawing-book with me
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Relaxation excersise: drawing circles

Relaxation excersise: drawing circles

  Before I start drawing I begin with drawing spirals and circles. I found out this improves my concentration and focus. It's the perfect excercise for me when I want to get rid of tension and unwanted thoughts. In just a few minutes I become more relaxed. It's a perfect way to open my mind.
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Drawing people

Drawing people

Last week a friend of mine graduated at the University of Leiden. Her thesis was about "A cultural analysis of older middle-class people's social Lives in Kerala, India". My friend did a great job and I never saw a PhD student in such a relaxed state of mind when defending their research! While I'm listening,
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“Please sit still!!”

“Please sit still!!”

Most difficult, in realistic Zen drawing, may be a moving model. If you want to draw the outline of anything that changes in shape, you have to be quick and extremely alert. I guess if you practice a lot, more than a lot, it will get better. I love drawing animals, but unfortunately, most of
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Zen drawing: a neuropsychological view

Zen drawing: a neuropsychological view

It was as early as 1979 that Betty Edwards, an American art teacher, published her book ‘ Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’. She used findings of brain research done by Roger Sperry and others, who found in their studies on split-brain patients, that the two hemispheres of the brain have different functions.
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