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The word for ‘bow tie’ in Dutch is ‘vlinderdas’. Vlinder means butterfly. Das means tie. So what you call a bow tie in English, we call butterfly tie.

Inspiration can come from a single random word.

Language is full of little jokes. If you listen closely, you might find the subject for your next artwork.

I actually finished this painting a few weeks back, just in time for my art exhibition. Right now, I’m working on a new batch of kindness kits. Or actually, right now, I am writing a blog post. But half an hour ago I was cutting up little stickers, counting tiny ladybirds and gluing stuff together. Not simultaneously. That would be a mess. Actually I still made a mess, despite not doing them simultaneously. I’m getting off track. Unfortunately my brain is fried and I cannot think in normal sentences anymore. Perhaps because it is way beyond my bedtime and I have a cold. So it’s time for me to crawl into my warm bed and ramble more about creative stuff later.

Can you think of an interesting word that might be the start of a new painting?


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    October 15, 2014 at 01:23

    this is so AWESOME! I think this might be my favorite painting of yours yet :)
    as always I love the time lapse of your work …….amazing to see how you layer the details :)
    I wish English was as colorful and fun as Dutch :)
    I’ve followed your blog for quite a while now and I always love your positive outlook and how your integrate art, kindness and changing the world is always inspirational. :) All that to say I nominated you for a blog award details in my latest post :)

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      October 22, 2014 at 10:33

      Thank you! I will go check it out right now! :) I started making gif’s instead of movies a bit more. They are a little less time consuming, but have the same effect for viewing the process. I’m glad you like them :)

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    October 15, 2014 at 02:49

    Wow, I LOVE this painting!!! I wish I was a visual artist like the rest of my family, but I only got the musician’s gene ; ) So beautiful to see your inspiration.

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      October 22, 2014 at 10:34

      That sounds like a wonderful talent to have! Everyone has different strengths. And how can you not like music? ;)

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    October 15, 2014 at 03:03

    Very well done! I love it.

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    Carly (Zauberbear)

    October 15, 2014 at 12:58

    Ahhh, I adore this so much, oh my butterfly (that catchphrase fits so well!). You are such a creative artist Marielle, I can’t take it. ♥

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    October 15, 2014 at 13:01

    When I saw the thumbnail for this post I thought it was a photo! So good!! And I also thought it was a DiY instruction on how to actually make a butterfly bow tie! hehe! good idea! :)

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      October 22, 2014 at 10:35

      Actually, that’s a wonderful idea. I might need to see if I can make one indeed :D

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    November 14, 2014 at 12:55

    beautiful painting, love it! reminded me that in czech we don’t even use the word tie, we just call it little butterfly (something like vlindertje in Dutch ;) )

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      November 18, 2014 at 08:23

      That’s cute. It’s funny how there is a resemblance to Dutch :)


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