A story a day keeps …you sane?

March 21, 2020

I don’t have to tell any of you parents out there how hard it is to combine working @ home and keeping your kids from tearing your place apart.

My youngest still naps, but my oldest isn’t really skilled (yet?) at keeping herself entertained during that so called siesta. She has tons of energy and the only thing that seems to calm her down is …. listening to stories! Especially those her mom tells her … so… since the start of the Corona lockdown I’ve been reading and recording one story a day. Afterwards she can listen to the story 6 times over with her headphones on and I can get some work done!

On this link you can listen to 4 stories from week 1:

I have no idea why I wrote this post in English when all the stories are Dutch 🙂 ??

If you want to download the stories, just send me a pm.

If you have one of these books at home, the accordion sound (she does this herself) is the signal to turn the page.

Holiday days

January 3, 2020

Christmas holidays means I finally get some time for reading and drawing and in this case one inspired the other!

(kerst)kaarten te koop tijdens de warmste week!

December 10, 2019

De Sint is met zijn gevolg terug richting warmere oorden.

Hoog tijd om ons ongegeneerd te hullen in hogere kerstsferen! 

Wie kerstsfeer zegt, zegt kerstkaart. Ook dit jaar verkoop ik kerstkaarten van eigen makelij. Ik hoop zo wat geld te verzamelen voor Kras jeugdwerk en Sant’Egidio/Kamiano.  https://dewarmsteweek.be/goede-doelen/kras-jeugdwerk https://dewarmsteweek.be/goede-doelen/vereniging-voor-solidariteit-vzw

1 (kerst)kaart = 1,5 euro    –   5 (kerst)kaarten = 7 euro
10 (kerst)kaarten = 12 euro   –   15 (kerst)kaarten = 15 euro 

Je mag me mailen (jane.catteeuw(at)gmail.com), hier reageren, whatsappen of pm’en als je geïnteresseerd bent, dan spreken we af hoe we de kaartjes het gemakkelijkst bij jou krijgen.

Je mag overschrijven op BE27 7380 4193 8273 met mededeling van je naam en aantal kaarten.


birds of a feather

October 29, 2019

This summer I made a large painting of the robin that was on Lene’s birth announcement. Rose got kind of jealous and has been asking me over and over when I am finally going to make ‘her’ bird. So today, I finally made time. I’m not one 100% satisfied with the result (the eye being too big and the legs too small), but I hope she’ll like it when she gets home…

It was my first time working on such a grand scale (2m-1m) and I liked it, really relaxing (yet stressful at the same time 🙂
I did the girls’ birds in Ecoline drawing ink (my favourite for colouring) and added details in pencil and crayon (both oil & pastel)

I don’t know why, but I really like drawing birds…

And I love sketching with my red & blue pencil.

Postcards for sale

October 19, 2019

My new postcards are for sale @TLNT (Talent in de buurt, Statiestraat, just around our corner) and right here of course.

I’m working on a new Christmas card. Let me know if you’re interested and you’ll be the first to know when it’s printed.

 

drawing writers

October 19, 2019

I bought myself an iPad last summer. I started experimenting with colouring some sketches I did on two lovely American writers: John Steinbeck and Edgar Allan Poe. Here’s the result:

More sailor’s delight

May 29, 2019

I don’t know where the sailors keep coming from, but here they are… I’m a big fan of Stephan Vanfleteren. When I see his pictures, I always end up drawing them. (I’m not sure if that’s allowed, but you could call it fan art, right?) There’s something imperfect, yet captivating about the faces he catches on film. Here’s my take on his sailor. I made a quick sketch in my sketchbook and then he ended up on my computer one evening. He turned out different than the version of my favourite photographer, yet I still quite like him. Oh captain, my captain!

 

 

Fan art

May 15, 2019

I’ve been having fun with creating some fan art lately.

sadiesink

Sadie Sink as Max in “Stranger things”

"One day the sadness will end"

Catherine Elizabeth Coulson as the Log Lady in “Twin peaks”

Inspirational sailor

April 13, 2019

 

I’ve been working on this sailor for too long and I have decided that he’s finished even though I’m not satisfied with the result. The idea was that the sailor would be entirely covered with inspirational tattoos but the project turned out to be too time-consuming, so I threw in the towel halfway. Maybe he just needed one extra tattoo ‘don’t give up, even when you’re stuck’

 

 

fishy fish

March 24, 2019
 

I did some work on one of my latest sketches. I took my quick sketch (pen & ecoline on aquarel paper) and combined it with a picture of the plants on my desk and some paint residue my children got their hands dirty on. I’m quite satisfied with the result.

It made me think of one of my favourite poems, ‘Pike’, by Ted Hughes (only obviously these are no pikes but kois…). Or maybe it’s because I was thinking of the poem, that I drew it this way… who knows…

But silently cast and fished
With the hair frozen on my head
For what might move, for what eye might move.
The still splashes on the dark pond,

That rose slowly toward me, watching.
From Ted Hughes – Pike