It's in the bag!

Recently Christy from Australia ordered one of my new doggy bags which arrived yesterday. Because I made a portrait of her dog Jonah a while ago I decided to do a custom made bag for her featuring Jonah.
Christy posted this wonderful fun picture of Jonah taking the doggy bag a tad too litterally ;-) Thanks for the cute photo Christy! See Christy's post on Flickr


Cremation urn for Byrd

I'm honored to report that I did a commission to keep the memory of a beloved pet-companion alive.
Commissions like this aren't always the easiest ones to do because they are loaded with emotions for the client and thus for me, I love doing them. It's a privilege for me to portray a pet that has been so important to someone.

Custom made wooden cremation urn for a Byrd. 
The urn is made from wood and closes securely with a lid. Painted in acryllic and it is varnished for extra durability.
The urn is not weather proof. This urn holds about one litre of ashes and only comes in one size (8,6 inch high, 4,3 inch diametre) , it is are large enough to hold the ahses of a small pet up to a large dog. All around the urn reads' I carry your heart', a poem by E.E. Cummings.


Foppe's Acre Originals Doggy Bag

Yay! after the success of the Foppe's Acre Originals Goodiebag we now have a second Tote-bag on offer. The one and only Doggy-Bag!

India White Rag

I've completely sold out my stock of 'The Sower' and 'Spring Clean' linos so had to print another edition (third). I found some excellent paper that works well for my work, Handmade India White Rag 150 gr, it's soft with a light texture and absorbs the ink perfectly. I'll use this from now on!


Meet Jonah! Jonah is my good friend Christy Gallois' sweet dog and the latest whimsical portrait in my series of art cards. I've made Jonah's portrait as a present for Christy after she surprised me with a wonderful painted portrait of myself. It was a pleasure to create these cards for you Christy, I'm happy that you and Jonah are happy!

15 stages in designing Jonah's portrait.
Even though my whimsical animal portraits look simple and easy, capturing the essence of the animal isn't always that straight forward. Lots of tweaking details and altering the expression goes into it before I'm satisfied. But it's a lot of fun to do!


'Vogels en Huizen' exhibition at Oker Gallery, Amsterdam

Announcement of the Spring exhibition at Oker gallery in Amsterdam. I'm participating with my "Spring Clean" and "The Sower" linos plus the dust cloths and seedcards.



Annelies Visser's sister Mirjam asked me to paint a little portrait of her cat Wammes recently, which I was honered to do. Wammes' portrait arrived at his new home and Annelies is very happy with it (and so am I!). She sent this sweet picture of Wammes and his painted portrait which warmed my heart.
Thanks Mirjam for the commission and thanks Annelies for this beautiful photo.

Foppe's Acre Originals Goodie Bag!

For a Spring promo-action for Foppe's Acre Originals I needed a goodiebag (of course). 
So I designed one! Ain't it Foppe Fabulous?

Greeting Card 'The Sower' on growing paper

Greeting card and wall-art in one; 'The Sower' based on a lino cut by Peter Moorman on a square greeting card of a farmer sowing seeds and sharing his seeds with the birds in a Scandinavian Folk Art style.

The lino is printed on 60 gr organic paper with wild flower seeds sealed into it. The card measures 5 x 5 inch and comes with an ivory colored enevelope and a card with instructions.

Dust Cloth 'Spring Clean'

I've decided that printing the 'Spring Clean' lino on the dust cloth would be too time consuming and difficult (it would raise the prize of the item too much) so I tried textile transfer instead.
I printed the separate lino blocks, scanned them and joined them on the computer, printed them on the transfer and glued them to the fabric with an iron. Easy peasy, the result is beyond my expectations. Looks like I've got my "Spring Clean' dust cloth afterall! 

The Sower

Lino cut of a of a farmer sowing and sharing his seeds with the birds in a Scandinavian Folk Art style.
This is a 2 colour lino cut using a separate block for each colour. It is printed with water based inks on white watercolor paper and measures 5 x 5 inch (paper measures 8 x 11 inch)

Spring Clean

Lino cut of a woman starting her Spring clean in a Scandinavian Folk Art style. She waves winter goodbye with her dust cloth by the open window while a bouquet of tulips sits on the windowsill and the first swallow has just arrived. Printed with water based inks on white watercolor paper and measures 5 x 5 inch (paper measures 8 x 11 inch).