Orange Adventure: Late Rembrandt

A few weeks ago I went to the “Late Rembrandt” exhibition in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. I knew the Nightwatch of course. I had seen other works of Rembrandt before. I had visited the Rembrandt House a couple of times.

Seeing so many of his later works together however, made a real impression on me. Seeing these famous works is real life is nothing compared to seeing an image of them in a book of on my computer screen. It’s is SO much BETTER.

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I loved seeing the brushstrokes – I SO wanted to touch them!
The texture of the canvas
the light
and the glitter.

OK, no, I haven’t gone mad. I know he didn’t use glitter but oil paint, however, the effect is the same.
Some paintings just shine and glimmer.

They feel alive. And since it’s impossible to show this effect in a photo, this is just a picture of me posing with a Playmobil doll of one of the characters from the Nightwatch.

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Make Art

Make art.
That’s what it said on the wall.

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Make art.
YES!
Do.
Make art.
Make art every day.
Fall in love with creating.
In every way that feels right.
In every way that feels like you.
Create for the sole purpose of finding joy in the process.
Of finding you in the paint.
Of finding you in the glue.

However, that’s not all there was on the wall.

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At first this seemed really illogical to me.

I need money.
To eat.
To pay for my house.
To pay for my paint.

So why not make art to make money?
Why not use my passion to help with my needs.

And then I remembered.
“Jump in Puddles”.
The first 21 Secrets workshop I hosted two years ago.
Jump in Puddles was all about how I got stuck when I first started this business.
All I did was try to create examples for workshops.
I created for other people.
I stopped creating for myself.
I stopped creating for joy.

(Jump in Puddles – getting OUT of feeling stuck is now available on my website: HERE).

And I realized:
For me, creation, has everything to do with freedom.

I create.
Because I want to.
Whatever I want to.
Whenever I want to.
However I want to.

And if that inspires others: yay!
And if it doesn’t inspire you: keep looking for what will.
In the meantime: I create.

For me.

So yes:

Make art.
Not for money.
But for joy.

If you’re interested in joining me for the NEW 21 Secrets: it starts in April 1st, check it out HERE.

Proefkonijnen gezocht!

Sorry everyone, I am organizing a test run for my new workshop in my studio at the Fort in Weesp – therefore everything below is in Dutch. If you’d like to join me in a workshop, please look HERE or HERE.

Ik ben bezig met een nieuwe workshop.
De grootste, mooiste en stralendste tot nu toe.

En ik zou heel graag een stukje daarvan willen uitproberen.
Vandaar deze oproep:

Ik zoek proefkonijnen!

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Alle info:
Wanneer: Zondag 29 maart
Waar: Fort Ossenmarkt Weesp
Tijd: 11.00 – 16.00 u.
Kosten: 20 euro (inclusief koffie/thee, lekkers, alle materialen en een eenvoudige lunch)
Meenemen: zin (en verder niets, ook geen ervaring)

Heb je zin om te komen?
Mail me!

kim (at) dutchessoforange.nl

Liefs, Kim

PS: Ik doe weer mee aan 21 Secrets. We beginnen op 1 april – heb je zin om mee te doen, kijk dan HIER.