Sunday, April 26, 2009

Featured on Decor8!!!

A while ago I was asked by Holly Becker of Decor8 to upload some pictures of my house to Flickr so she could use them for her fantastic design& home decor blog.
She was wondering what colour fabric she should use for her dining table chairs. I send her a link to my dining table tutorial. She was interested in featuring the homes of artists and so I uploaded a couple of pics of my house. Last week she placed the pics on her blog and I woke up to orders of wonderful people!!!

Read about it here!!

Thanks Holly!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Me on IndieFixx

The lovely Jen from has a new series onher blog and I am in the first episode!!
It is called a peek inside: indiehome tours with Myrte from MirthQuake WHOWHWHOOOOOO!!
She says: "Some of you have expressed interest in seeing more home decor and design here on Indie Fixx and when you all speak, I listen. Today, I am kicking off a new feature called A Peek Inside: indie home tours. Periodically, I will share homes of indie makers and sellers spotlighting indie design and diy decor as well as homes that have been decorated using vintage goods. My first tour is of the home of Myrte de Zeeuw. Myrte is an talented illustrator who has a healthy obsession for aviary painting. You can find her work for sale in her Etsy Shop and you can also see some of her artwork displayed in her home in the pics below."

Check the story out, here!!

The Loggerhead Shrike

Next time when you’re on a camping trip and you’re short of scary stories to tell by the fire, tell your listeners of the Loggerhead Shrike also known as THE BUTCHER BIRD Looking as cute as a button, and even sounding all cutesy, this bird sticks his prey on a thorn and then starts eating it! Talk about a good story to tell at a barbecue. On the other hand, perhaps he is just being civilized; after all, we eat with cutlery too.

I watched a couple of cool videos on Youtube with this bird, I can especially recommend this one. I love how the bird moves. I portrayed a dead tree with the bird to add a little bit of desert to the image. This is the last bird of the assignment a customer gave me. She wanted to have her and her husband's 3 favourite birds illustrated by me for their wedding anniversary! How special and what an honour to be part of such a personal and important celebration. I met 3 amazing birds, The loggerhead strike, The Yellow-rumped Warbler and the Belted Kingfisher that I hope to encounter in their own habitat once. I look forward to it!

De Amerikaanse Klapekster
De volgende keer dat je gaat kamperen kun je het verhaal van de Klapekster vertellen bij het kampvuur. Hij staat ook wel bekend als THE BUTCHER BIRD! Hij ziet er enig uit met zijn witte buikje, en hij klinkt ook lief. Maar hij prikt zijn prooi op een doorn voordat hij ‘m op eet. Leuk verhaal voor bij de barbecue! Aan de andere kant ook wel zo netjes, wij eten toch ook met bestek?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Yellow-rumped Warbler

I love saying his name in a posh English accent. I feel all Richard Attenborough-ish then. At first I thought it was a little bit of a dull bird. How foolish of me there are no dull birds!
This bird was brought to my attention when I was asked to do three commisioned works, of which the Belted Kingfisher is a part too. I concentrated on his lifestyle and found that this one is a special little fellow. His story will tell you why. Also another thing that I found very very special, is that the Dutch name of this bird is Mirtezanger, zanger for singer, and Mirte being almost exactly my name! So I pictured him with Myrtle berries.
This is his story:
Yellow rumped warbler- a tough cookie.
Do not try at home what this birdie can do, eating poisonous berries that is.
He has the stomach for it, and that is quite rare. He is SO not bothered by the poison in bayberries that it allows him to stay a little longer on his home ground before migrating towards Mexico. He seems to have an appetite for spicy food, so the Mexican cuisine will do fine for winter!
Available in my shop now.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Belted Kingfisher

I admit it was kind of hard, and next time I will make it easier I promise. The mystery bird was the belted kingfisher.

A funny looking bird that almost looks as though she/he took a lot of time perfectioning that hairdo.

Of the Belted Kingfishers the female is the trendiest of both sexes. She wears a fashionable belt. Contrary to most bird species she is the more striking of the two, much like us human beings. She has big hair that she probably blow-dries. How else would it stay in shape like it does? I am pretty jealous of her lifestyle, a house by the water, a frequent vacationer, and do not forget that healthy diet of fresh fish that makes her skin and feathers shine and look gorgeous!
The belted kingfisher is up in my shop right now!


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