for the love of words….

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Happiness is when you get a studio visit from a poet and to have conversations about words, books, images and art!


The wonderful poet Rene Bohnen visited my studio a week ago….and we had wonderful conversations about all of the above!

Visit her site here:

or read her translated poems inspired by Goya here:

Talking about words…..

I love paging  through books written in the 1960 about womanhood:


but this weekend I am going treat myself and start reading this book by Nick Cave…


but before I do, I am going to read the lecture by Nick Cave about writing a love song which a dear friend just forwarded to me:

What are you reading at the moment?





dragons eyes

Art portfolio- my work

I received a delightful parcel from a dear friend via snail mail the other day, it contained this lovely book:

“The ass saw the angel” by Nick Cave

I have read it while I was still at school, since our library had a copy, but then the cover looked different.

I like this cover more.

Can’t wait to revisit the book again, since I love the work by Nick Cave (and his music of course), but first I have to finish reading “Die plaag”.

At bedtime we are currently reading this book:

“Die draak skilder”/ The dragon painter- retold by Rosie Dickins

Since my son decided that he likes dragons as well as tractors.

This is an traditional Chinese story retold by Rosie Dickins and In the end note it says that even today the people in China says that they “are painting the dragons eyes” to describe the act of adding the last paint strokes before a painting is finished.  I love that.

Yesterday E made this drawing of a dragon:

but was very disappointed that his dragon didn’t come alive when he drew the eyes.  It was a tough one to explain!

The preparations for my exhibition at the end of September are coming along nicely, but I am still far from ‘painting the dragon’s eyes”.