It is Monday January 8, holiday is over.
An exciting day, and well prepared.
22 primary teachers are coming to join my workshop, all inexperienced with the medium.
But I am on time. And there is even time for coffee.
With a fresh coffee and a half an hour on the clock, I take the 15 iPads that I picked up early that morning at my client, the cultural centre.
I activate them one by one, and I’m shocked. My breath is stopping. Cold sweat breaks out. I take the next iPad ever faster, to quickly find out that they are all empty or almost empty.
STUPID! How? No time! And AAAAaaarch! : no charging cord…
Hence: No workshop….
Within a few seconds I see my careful preparation falling to pieces, I mentally prepare myself for a failed contribution to the day, and I think of how I should justify this to the teachers, my fellow teachers and client.
In this tight day planning this is one of the worst scenarios I could have imagined. At that moment I already tackled several of those I had passed the weeks before … After all, I am on time, all the iPads present, other material with me, have the introduction ready, and so on …?
Just as I am ready to accept this defeat, something awakens in me.
This ‘something’ intervenes, as a driving instructor who only interferes with the steering wheel when things go wrong …
Sometimes a small event can cause a lot. Now I see that afterwards with this particular moment.
The panic, my reaction to pack everything up again and quickly run away… The fear that felt like I was sitting on a horse that was running wild.
But also a tremendous force that was still aimless until then.
A few months ago I was still in the middle of this goallessness, chaos, just not knowing …
I did not know how to stronghold it all. Newsletter, no newsletter ..? inspiration, no inspiration …? Side job.. No side job? Tired .. too tired.
I let it go, but felt that there was something else. Something that I could not control at that moment.
This ‘something’ grew in those months. Restless, banging, whirling.
Afterwards I realize it.
This moment on that particular day worked like a catalyst and I did something.
What did I do? I took the reins. I could now handle the elusive power. And more than that. I could lead him, goal-oriented.
The rest of that day I felt like I had wings. The next days I edited everything. Unpaid, but I couldn’t give a damn. It feels good, so I do it.
And you know what? You can not imagine how much that reliefs me.
My head is no longer in the way.
If it feels good, I’ll do it. No concessions.
No doubts, no yes-buts.
People, since January 8 I’m unstoppable.
Vim, vigor, just DO .. here is my motto.
2018? I am ready!
The year begins with a lot of news
While I am writing this newsletter I am not yet allowed to say much about it, but I can give two sneak previews
I regularly sell a painting is not so special. What I often particularly like is the variety of places and people they arrive .. Offices, canal houses, in my own country and abroad, collections, collectors … An old church, crematorium, design agency, you name it.
This time a painting went again to an ‘exclusive’ new place, but it was filmed! And soon to be seen on TV.
I hope to give you more information about it in the following newsletter.
Dried glue on typing fingers. Behind me it is waiting for me. But hey … newsletters always appear at unexpected moments in my head, and if this energy is there, I will take it.
I am currently working on a ‘table’ and that table is soon to be seen, painted, at an exhibition in the Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede.
More information will follow!
Three big paintings of mine are exhibited in RIMON gallery, Marbella.
If you happen to be in the neighborhood, go have a look. It is a nice fancy little gallery with friendly people. And art worthwile.
For almost 10 years I rented a studio, and participated in Ateliers ’93.
This year Ateliers ’93 celebrates its 25th anniversary and in this context a large overview exhibition takes place. 36 members and former members of the past 25 years show their latest work at HeartGallery, Drienerstraat 35 in Hengelo.
I would like to invite you to the opening on Sunday, January 4, 4 pm.
The exhibition can be visited during opening hours until 11 March
Is the theme of the new exhibition at Kunstuitleen Voorburg.
Last week I brought 17 large and small paintings that fit into this theme.
If you are in the area, I advise you to stop by.
The cute little building is to the brim full of art, also with affordable art gadgets for your body or in your home.
The painting ‘Chicory’ was used for the cover of the (Dutch) book ‘Permafrost in de tropen’ (Permafrost in the tropics)’ by Han Deibert. The book presentation will be held on Sunday 11 February.
Still wondering how it ended with the workshop? Fortunately, I found a solution to my problem!
Here you can view the end product