A couple of weeks ago, Anne went cycling on her own. Twenty-five years old,
she was just a young woman, right at the start of her life, going on an ordinary, little adventure at the end of the day. A young woman, much like myself, much like many of us. A young woman, who never returned home that night & whose body was found dead and discarded in the forest 2 weeks later.
Anne has been on my mind a lot lately. Not just because the news has been dominated by her disappearance, but mainly because her story and all the details of her passing have found a way to my heart and won’t let themselves be shaken off. The cycling trip, the numbered tracks, the day drawing to an end, the world around her dripping with her imminent ending.
In this past week, I have found my thoughts drifting to dark places as I thought of her discarded, lonely self left in that, once so innocent ,forest; so far from those she loved & those who loved her. To me, nature has always been a place to feel fully at ease, a place to recharge & come to terms with the bustle of life. The forest in fall has always been my go-to-place, my unquestioned favourite season.
Yet, suddenly, this same place & this same season were dragged into the harsh light of reality & were made to be stained by the vicious act of Anne’s killer. It’s like I just cannot not comprehend how so much natural beauty & so much sickening violence can co-exist in one place at the same time.
Anne, just another story on the news. Anne, the girl that went cycling & never come round again. Anne, who I never met & was never likely to meet. Anne, whose senseless death has settled within me for reasons I might never fully understand.
This is for Anne. This is for me. This is for the forest in fall. This is for the restoring of innocence & beauty in places where it is lost. This is for all of us who might need this right now….
The forest and the girl
The moss and the fungus
the evaporating dew
the endless singing overhead
the smelling and the creaking
the frail, motionless canopy
the breaking and the falling
the inevitable ending;
The forest and the girl.
Quote print in Etsy shop now!
Finally available in my Etsy shop: my very first handmade Quote illustration! An inspirational quote from the 2015 Disney movie Cinderella inspired me to create this elegant, colourful ink drawing.
Like most of us, I guess I have been waiting for spring to arrive, after a winter that somehow seemed to last a little longer than usually. With a world in tumult & my faith in humanity tested more than once, these simply words of encouragement have helped me to keep my eyes on the horizon & to realize that real change often starts close home. It starts with me, with my own hopes, believe, resilience & with my own courage to look at what it truly means to be kind and courageous in daily life. And even though I haven’t even come close to perfecting the art of kindness nor courage, I guess I have at least learned to aspire both as often as possible.
So, if you need a little encouragement, some positivity or simply want to purchase a beautiful piece of art, please feel free to hop over to my Etsy shop & have a look at this beautiful print. It is a print of one of my original handmade illustrations, printed on Satimat natural 150 gr paper. Lovely to frame or stick on your wall with colourful some washi tape.
Love for now & see you in my Etsy shop!
It seems like forever ago since I last posted something on this poor blog of mine. I’ve been troubled by my shoulder lately & haven’t really been able to work on the computer much at all. Neither could I carry my camera around, like I usually do or make the tiny, precise drawings I tend to make. As a result, all my creative outpours, which I usually share here with you, have come to a sudden standstill. I’m truly sorry about that.
Despite the radio silence, which might still continue to last a little longer than I had hoped, I do really want to take a moment to thank you all for following this little blog of mine in the past year. Thank you for finding me, reading my words & sharing my journey. It means a lot, it really does. And of course, I hope you will all follow me into the New Year to come. I’m not entirely sure in which shape or form this blog will reappear in 2017; whether there’ll be another daily, weekly or monthly project, whether there will be more photos and less words or whether I will just wing it altogether. If you have any suggestions, any wishes or ideas, please feel free to help me out. I would love to find out what you think or what you would like to see more of on this blog.
Sweet all, I wish you a very Merry Christmas & of course a splendid, beautiful, creative, safe, hopeful, loving, inspiring & memorable New Year! I will certainly try to round off the year in style with my last ‘goodbye- month ‘post real soon, but it’s goodbye for now….
Since Valentine’s Day is not far from now & because I felt like making some sweet illustrations, I’m happy to share my first ever printable with you. And the good news is; it’s completely free!
So, this is your change to surprise your loved one with some lovely cards this Valentines. You can leave these illustration around the house as little messages of love or you could print them on good quality paper & use them as postcards. You could even print a bunch of them & create a lovely, colourful banner for that one special person in your life. If you want, you can share this printable with your friends, family or anybody, who you think might like to surprise someone this Valentine’s Day. It’s entirely up to you!
If anything, it would be great if you could credit me, when you decide to share this printable. And please, feel free to leave a comment below, because I would love to know what you think!
Simply press one of the download link below, print the little cards & cut them out. And you’re officially ready for Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day Printable PDF
Valentine’s Day Printable Word
Before I go: A sweet friend of mine has organized a giveaway on het website, with a chance to win a set of the Words-cards I made last year together with Astrid from CardCetera. If you happen to read and/or speak Dutch, make sure to check out my friends blog. You have until the 14th of February to react:)