Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hot birds!!

It's been very hot over here, and there's this Dutch saying that says it is so hot, the sparrows fall off the roof tops. These family of great tits won't let it get that far and take a cooling bath in a pottery dish I filled with water(joy doesn't have to be expensive as you can tell)
For my birthday I got a bigger bird bath that will be installed a meter off the ground. For the moment the ones on the ground do well. Cats know that bird person owns this garden. They don't mess with me.
The little one on the edge discovered the dish but didn't quite dare to take the plunge. This family has been hanging out my garden for the past days, making noise and screaming for food.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Interview with a li'l ol' me!

A while ago I got featured on Amy Ng's PikaProject, A wonderful initiative to support independant artists and illustrators.

A magazine with an interview of each of the contributors comes with the pikapackage. There is an interview with me too . Obviously I don't get to do a lot of interviews, so I was really honoured and took my time answering each question. Well actually you had to finish some sentences. I took it up quite seriously, like SAT's (or 'eindexamen' in The Netherlands).
You can read the whole magazine here. Or just read it below here!
1. If I wasn't an artist...
I'd...I'd...I'd.... I don't know. I know if I didn't create my illustrations I would design clothing, but I think that counts as artist. And being a writer too- If that doesn't count as an answer I think I'd be a politician, or at least try to be. I don't think I would be elected though.

2. My worst habit is...
Not cleaning the house. I personally don't mind, but it sometimes seems to be a problem for others in my life. My counterargument is that I don't want to die knowing I always made my bed and hoovered the carpet regularly. A clean house seems so futile compared to the little time we have on this pretty planet.
3. I am in love with...
Birds-of course! Little creatures like pika's or squirrels make me produce strange high pitched noises as well. My pika imitation is famous. Oh and puppies, don't forget them. They give me the uncontrollable urge to run over and cuddle.
4. What/who inspires you?
First of all; Nature. The uber-creation, the perfect work of art. Nothing can beat that. Us humans apparently think we can, because we keep on trying. I sometimes think art of any kind is just an ode to Nature.
5. What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
Building a bathroom from scratch is a pretty big thing for a girlie girl, I am proud of the plumbing especially. Although I do believe women can do anything they want because they read the instructions.
Illustration-wise I think making people smile with my illustrations and the little stories the birds tell you.
6. What is your biggest fear?
I have a lot of biggest fears but I am supersticious so I am not saying!
7. If you could have superpowers, what would it be?
I am still in doubt. It's one of these 2 options. Depending on which mood I am in:
a)Making the whole world love my work.
b)Giving everyone an overload of empathy.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Development: Trunkt portfolio

Today I upgraded my Trunkt portfolio to Premium. www.trunkt.org/mirthquake
I haven't updated my portfolio yet, but I tend to make it a lot more professional.

I have seen an increase in my sales and it gives me confidence to branch out a bit and see what wholesale can do for me. Soon I will be visiting the US (New York area) and I am interested to find shops that like my things.

I will also be looking for points of sale in the Netherlands, slowly but steadily I intend to let my birds rule the world!

I'm thinking bedding, posters, bags, teacups, etc etc with my birds. I have so many ideas I am sure I won't sleep tonight!

Trunkt is a pretty exclusive club to be part of, not everyone gets accepted. I thankfully did. I am not sure what the demands are, but there's a team of people that run the site, and they select the most beautiful items.

I've heard a lot of positive things about what the site can do for you, so let's hope it is just that for me too.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Blackbird

Together with my pal the blackbird I am taking a break from illustrating. He just enjoyed the leftovers of my lunch. And now we’re having a moment together. With some friends you don’t have to speak to know exactly what’s on the other one’s mind. Around us a couple of blue tits are making a fuss over nothing, but we don’t care. He’s sitting outside, a few meters away from me. I am inside because I don’t have a coat like he does. With one leg up he stretches his wings and rearranges his feathers telling me it’s time to get back to work. He hops off the fence into the yard and gets to work. He’s right, I finish my tea. We’ll meet again, same time - same place, tomorrow.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Lilac breasted Roller in the making

As I said before I am making a lilac breasted roller and this is the first phase of the work. He or she, I am not sure yet, has a happy expression, like (s)he's giggling. Still not sure what his or her story is going to be like. I heard it is the most photographed bird of Africa, so it has to be about how vain (s)he is. Can the bird help it that (s)he takes good pictures?


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