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In September my artwork will be exhibited for the very first time (exciting!). Besides my paintings, I will also show some other projects, including my paper crane project. I envision a space with flying cranes. I want to hang them on thin threads from the ceiling. I don’t have the ambition to fold another 1000. But I have been busy folding a new (smaller) load of origami cranes again.
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Shipping a couple of kindness kits for an Etsy shop order. (If you want one you better be quick. I just added the last ones to my shop, but I’m almost out of stock).
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I have been working on illustrations of different behaviours. It’s an assignment for a Canadian school to explain (part of) the model they use as base for their teaching. I’m content with how it’s all coming together. Also, I have awesome friends. See those yellow flowers? They were handpicked and dropped off at my place, just because.
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I love my new nail polish. In fact, I thought it deserves two pictures.
 photo aperture-difference-flowers_zps2ea99659.jpg Have you seen the photography course by A Beautiful Mess? I decided to finally give in to my desire to learn more about photography. I borrowed a DSLR and I am learning a lot. In these two pictures I was practicing taking pictures with different apertures.
 photo blogcademy-amsterdam-winner_zpsd9bebdf2.jpgFor those of you who follow along on Facebook may already know (I believe liking a page alone won’t make you receive updates. Apparently you need to separately click to follow as well). I have won the Amsterdam scholarship for the Blogcademy with my illustrated submission! I am so incredibly thankful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to soak in every bit of blogging know-how.

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Lately I have been having a lot of creative energy. Days seem to be too short for all my big goals and dreams. I am working hard on many different projects. Although I always wish progression would come along faster, I do recognise the slow but steady motion in which my projects seem to move forward.

I know I don’t always show a lot of the things I am working on. Usually I feel that blogposts should either serve a clear function (how to, inspiration, new knowledge, whatever) or not be posted at all.

I said to Joran yesterday: “Oh no! I am becoming that person. The textbook blogger who only posts picture updates. I will post my first picture update photo post and it’s all downhill from there.”

Then I said that I had put on pants when I left the house. And that I took them off again when I came home. He replied: “good story.”

Sometimes I think that working on creative projects from home might make me into a dysfunctional part of society. I am afraid I will forget what it is like to be around normal people and act normally. In my head this translates to me making random robot sounds at social gatherings. I mean, it’s not as if I have seriously taken into account the potential long-term effects of becoming a creative blogging hermit. Then again, I don’t think it is fair to blame all the weirdness on my blog. Perhaps I have always had trouble with normal.

I’m getting off track.

Photo post. I guess I am just somewhat concerned. I don’t want to photo bomb you with boring life updates that are mostly interesting to my mom. On the other hand, I do recognise that sometimes the in-between moments are the most interesting. The process. The hard work and silly things. The things that help you to get to know someone better. And I don’t want to hide these things from you. Shiny posts of finished arts&crafts projects are nice, but they are never the full story.

I was in my pyjama until 18.00 today and I ate 3 crackers and half a melon for lunch because I was out of food. I didn’t want to get dressed and go to the supermarket and kill my workflow.

It’s 12AM now. I guess I will call it a day for now and continue working on my creative dreams tomorrow morning again, with or without pants.



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    Carly @ Zauberbear

    July 16, 2014 at 23:07

    It really sounds like you’ve been having a wonderful and productive life lately! Isn’t it so cool what a difference the settings on a camera can make? And congrats on winning the Blogcademy scholarship, and for getting the opportunity to have your artwork exhibited!

    You know, I do think little photo post life update blog posts serve a purpose. You’re definitely inspiring your readers with your life’s events and keeping them interested in what’s soon to come! :)

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      July 17, 2014 at 08:50

      Yes! My own camera is a simple point and shoot, and I can barely control any settings. I’m loving the full control over all the settings, although I am still very much learning. And I think you’re right. Well chosen pictures and updates can be inspiring. It’s just a new format for me to try :)

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    July 16, 2014 at 23:14

    See I love these kinds of posts – not everything has to be a finished product. Sometimes it’s nice to share the journey.

    I think you’re underestimating people (and I’m speaking for myself here) and their interest in all the mundane and gory details of other people’s lives.

    And at least you put pants on. That’s a big step in not becoming a hermit.

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      July 17, 2014 at 08:54

      I guess I know that somewhere deep down. Because I also love to see backstage peeks into peoples lives. It just new for me to have a post without one main subject. I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I guess I just wanted to give it a try sometime and see how I felt about it. My reflection so far: these could definitely provide some value, as long as I do them when I genuinely feel like I have something to share and it’s not because it’s ‘that time of the week again’ (haha I almost wanted to say that time of the month but then things would really become weird).

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    July 17, 2014 at 00:36

    I think you are totally right it’s great to see things in progress and in an unfinished state, it’s cool to see the process of things sometimes :) this is a really great post from you :)
    it’s really cool to see what all you are working on and congrats on the upcoming art show :)

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      July 17, 2014 at 08:55

      I always love seeing the process, so I want to try to share a bit more of that on my blog every now and then :) And thanks, I will definitely tell more about the art show when it’s time!

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    July 17, 2014 at 02:30

    I’m so excited for your photography classes.
    I love this type of post. Lovely hue of nail polish, I bought one like it four months ago, and cant stop wearing it. The colour makes me happy. ^^ So many pictures. I feel like it gives an insight to who you are (behind the blog, behind your projects). I find it fascinating! ♥

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      July 17, 2014 at 08:56

      Me too! I’m having so much fun with it. And thanks for the encouragement. It’s good to hear when you’re trying something new and aren’t completely sure yet where you stand on the subject :)

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    July 17, 2014 at 13:53

    Thank you for sharing this! You, your work, and your blog inspire me- picture updates and all! I can relate 100% to feeling like you’ll make robot noises at social gatherings. And especially about only posting when there’s something “worth sharing.” Thank you for opening up to us! These posts are definitely interesting, and not only to your mother.

    PS- Congratulations on your show and the scholarship! So wonderful! Cheers.

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      July 21, 2014 at 10:26

      Thanks :) Perhaps if we all make robot noises it isn’t a big deal anymore ;)

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    Uncustomary Art

    July 18, 2014 at 15:46

    Hahah, I hope it’s *without* pants! <3 (I will always read the things you share.)

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    July 19, 2014 at 08:45

    Wow, zo leuk dat je een eigen tentoonstelling krijgt! En dat scholarship is natuurlijk ook geweldig nieuws! Als ik het zo bekijk gaat alles fantastisch met jou :D

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      July 21, 2014 at 10:26

      Technisch gezien is het niet mijn eigen, maar een gemeenschappelijke tentoonstelling. Maar ja, zeker wel gaaf! :)


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