art challenge NEW THEME | ROOM {with a view}

brussels, grote zavel
 as some of us got together last summer, we found ourselves gravitating towards a summer theme that would connect us, ranging from la-la-la-ing songs to letting our thoughts wander over ways to tie creativity into our daily lives.
brussels, ravenstein gallery

one of the themes that popped up was owning the space, as you may have noticed. since we all know that soft and gentle thru'way in which we can be ourselves and create so well, all while staying connected.
brussels, office with a view

 we landed in a room{-of-our-own}, not necessarily fancy, spatious, nor seperate even. a private space inside our head perhaps, where we retreat to in order to make. it could be a room, but also a table corner, a pull-out table top, a garden spot, ... 
brussels, pralini marcolini

all while having and owning (a) room is pure luxury for some, ... what does your room look like? does your room have a view? is it tangible, does it happen when you create? let's make ourselves some ROOM. 
ghent, madam bakster bakery

 as you remember, any discipline in our AC will do. suffices to add your name below through the comment section, join us here on august 27th-28th and let's play!  c·a·n·n·o·t·w·a·i·t !
i love how everyone is filled with enthusiasm to get back at it... : ariane, lucia, veronica, annton, patrice, melodye, susanna, pieterbie, carole, tammie, norma, eric, stefanie, theresa, sharmon, barbara, roberto, bev, ... feel very welcome everyone! see you at the weekend! 

☼ .... and the living is easy ♪♫♪♪

night train to italy, july 2016
i got back from the holidays a while ago and still feel in a certain summery swing. keeping my studio windows wide open is a plus. sorting out the last batch of july photos is almost a fact [via facebook ☻]

it's all about the space

ariane and barbara concentrating
how lucky are we, when we visit patrice at her home, we find her studio squeaky clean and in wait for us, hungry lionesses from the north and south, as we bring our unraveling (from the summer heat) and burning (from excitement) wishes... that lucky! 

rijksmuseum amsterdam

rijksmuseum amsterdam. poster with marten and oopjen. patrice, barbara and ariane walking towards the museum
almost four hundred years after rembrandt van rijn painted the opulently clad aristocrats marten soolmans and oopjen coppit, the amsterdam rijksmuseum is showing both life size portraits for the short period of just three months. 

just show up

i started painting the 100+ years old sideboard in the beginning of july
 if blogland lies dormant still, then there's another rattling thingy in my cupboard : renovation. yesterday morning, as i pulled myself through lesson 7 of a running program, i promised myself recovery on my renovation planning also. 

doing it my way, not the italian

BRESCIA - view from via del castello
 in deciding to write about my journey to italy and back, i have to be frank on a few things. i started with great hopes and a view on a relaxing trip, seeing inspiring scenery along the way. i did stock up on culture and variation, however rather haphazardly.

tanti saluti da italia

when you read this i have sailed. 
i will be roaming from town to town in the veneto. 
depending on italian wifi, 
i shall be waving a most heartfelt salute from padova
a presto
♥ x ♥

AC | blue. like the deep sea

what with the busy-ness of the past few months, i've neglected blogland. again! but strapping up for a party in blue, i cannot resist. okay, so i missed the ° {tea} party. here's my contribution to blue{s}... 

drawing | sky

kingfisher blue. off-white fat clouds floating by. even, when the sea seems to reside up above {not shown here}. it happens. once i drove into work and the sky shone unearthly mountain solid. i felt as if i was driving through the french alps in belgium.

calling you

finding balance is a cause well worth aiming for, as we work and relax, while we eat and drink, when we decide to do nothing at all and hopefully fall prone to boredom. don't you just love being bored? great things happen when we're bored : nothing-at-all!