Collective creatives: word of the year

I’ve been reluctant to start 2018, maybe it’s this cold that refuses to leave but somehow I’ve delayed my customary planning process. But life is relentless and this week I realised that I need to organise myself because there is … Continue reading

Objects of desire – flower vases/pots

Objects can tell the story of your life, they are guest actors in your own personal theatre and represent a moment, a memory, a person or a feeling. The painter Henri Matisse cherished his objects making them subjects of his … Continue reading

Bonito Living: everyday beauty

Beauty is everywhere, we just need to “see” it… Take some bunches of onions, carrots or beets, and there you have the basics of the “still life”, their vibrant colours, their shapes and volumes are all beautiful, enticing. That shopping … Continue reading

Space, Place and Creativity

Ever since I visited my dear friend Ann Rippin in her new Pomegranate Studio in April/2017 I discovered I could use my space in a better way. I have a ready-made studio at the back of my garden, it is … Continue reading

Lunch with Vanessa Bell

“On a clear spring afternoon I dropped by Vanessa Bell’s for lunch. It was one of those days at the Bloomsbury house, always cozy and welcoming. Vanessa had a little argument with the maid, but that did not spoil the … Continue reading

The Modern Garden: Royal Academy London

The theme of the garden, albeit considered as “naive” or “too middle class” for serious art, has nevertheless, been a place for constant experimenting, avant garde techniques and spiritual transcendence; and the exhibition of Painting the Modern Garden at the … Continue reading

Coffee-shops, Dutch drugs policy and Eric Fromberg (1943-2015)

It is a common mistake to think that cannabis is legal in The Netherlands, and that coffee-shops are part of the Dutch culture as tulips and VanGogh! Although the particularities of Dutch culture have allowed the idea of a controlled … Continue reading