(Nederlandse volgers die het lastig vinden om Engels te lezen: ik kan vertalen.nu aanraden om de teksten te vertalen, deze vertaalsite gebruik ik zelf en is vaak accurater dan google translate. Je kunt je ook abonneren op mijn maandelijkse, Nederlandstalige nieuwsbrief.)
A few weeks ago I asked my Dutch followers if they had a problem reading my blog in English, and the English blogreaders if they would have a problem if I started blogging in Dutch… from the responses I could conclude that most Dutch people understand and read English well, but that my English followers – although most of them very sweetly stated that they would translate the texts – would have a bigger problem with it. This has made me decide that I will continue to write my blog in English.
Today is Wednesday, the day that creative bloggers ‘get together’ virtually to share photos of their desks and talk about what they’re up to… I joined this tribe every Wednesday for many years but since 2019 I only dip in occasionally, because I have a daytime job to go to on Wednesdays. However, I write (and schedule) a blogpost every now and then because I’ve known and followed these ladies for so long, I want to stay in touch and visit their blogs from time to time. So hi there deskers, I hope to visit you over the past days to see how you’re doing!
My desk today shows what I was working on last weekend… another Chronicles art journal spread. It lays there as shown to finish in the next days.
Perhaps you saw in a previous blog post that I created more space in my studio by throwing out the guest bed, and that I used that extra space to set up an easel. I put on a large canvas that already had many layers but still showed ‘more or less white’. For two months, that canvas stayed there and challenged me until last week. I suddenly got tired of it staring at me all the time… I took a piece of charcoal and broke “the curse of the white canvas” by drawing a line and a circle on it… “There you have it, I started something!” The day after, I splattered some paint on it too. Will I do more? (and when?) We’ll see…
And of course I also created some spreads in my good old art journal – after all, creating in a book is my safe haven!
Chronicles 2023 – Week 2
Chronicles 2023 – Week 3
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! If you leave me a comment I will try to visit you back. Enjoy your day, go do something that brings you energy… splatter some paint!
Mary Anne says
Ah lovely to see you here! Your Chronicles always speak to me and as I am now doing daily journaling I might have to branch out from scribbled words to more graphically interesting pages. Well done on YOUR scribble on the canvas. It makes all the difference, doesn’t it, in how you approach it. They don’t call it “Fear of the White Page” for nothing. Good luck and be sure to share your progress!!
Happy WOYWW Early for a change!
Mary Anne (2)
Splatter some paint!! I will! I will!
I always thought easels were set up to keep adding to, that’s why paintings take so long to complete.
Great journal pages, you are so imaginative.
have a good week
Diana Taylor says
A great way to start a blank canvas – it will be interesting to add to it and see how it grows over the weeks. The journal pages are great, and so imaginative.
Hope you have a great week,
Diana xx #8
Well I’m very glad you do blog still on a Wednesday because i get so much inspiration from you! I laughed when I saw what you did to that white canvas, I know exactly how you felt – most times I cover a canvas or paper with a background colour before starting, it just seems less daunting!
Hugs LLJ 10 xxx
Why a great way to get over the white canvas hurdle. I look forward to seeing your progress. I guess we all like to read in our own language but, I think most blog readers know where the translate button is. It is a wonderful skill to be bilingual . Great journal pages. Happy WOYWW . Angel #1
so many of us are keepin journals! impressive. Thanks for the inspiration, and I do appricate the english! Robyn 19
Sarah Brennan says
Loving the latest Chronicles Marit. Can’t wait to see how the canvas progresses but looks good for breaking the whiteness. Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #7
Helen Lindfield says
Thank you for your blog posts and for writing in English, we aren’t very good at languages here I really enjoy hearing all about your life and the Chronicles are always so good. Happy WOYWW Helen #6
It’s very kind of your Dutch followers to allow you to write here in English. Some years ago we used to meet up with some Dutch friends who’s English was so good in fact all the people in the hotel where we stayed spoke English and I do feel that this has not done us any favours. It’s wonderful that there is one language that people can communicate with but I think it has made us (British) very lazy when it comes to learning languages. My dear friends tried to teach us Dutch but with little success, we tried but maybe didn’t see enough of them. Wishing you a very happy and creative woyww, Angela x9x
Hi Marit! Am super impressed that you’ve attacked the canvas and am quite sure that it’s just the size that’s intimidating, as soon as you can get your head around that, you’ll be off and I anticipate layers and texture aplenty! It’s wonderful that you and so many of your Dutch readers speak and write such good, accomplished English; I’m not surprised by your decision, we English are not good at second languages!