Friday, June 10, 2011

Sad girl giveaway!

Sooner than I expected I finished my four sad girls. I had wednesday afternoon off unexpectedly and decided to spend that time in the studio. Here's the four girls together, they're a colorful bunch:

All girls are drawn with a pitt pen and colored in with colored pencil. They were made on fabriano paper and pasted to the backgrounds.The backgrounds are done in acrylic paints and the little thought clouds are done with pitt pen and gouache. I aslo used some decorative papers, some letter stamps with stazon ink, and a white paint marker to further embellish the pieces. They are sized 20 x 20 cm, which is about 8x8 inches on stretched canvas. If you look closely you can see that I've also decorated the sides of the canvasses. All the canvasses are finished with acrylic matte varnish, so they should hold up for a while.

Yes, the girls are all crying, but they are all trying to take it in a positive way or at least deal with it. I believe sadness is an inevitable part of life and that happiness is not about smiling all the time. It's about going through stuff without running away from it and coming out a little wiser on the other end. These girls are all about that. It's funny these girls came to me just before a time when things were a little crazy and sad in my own life. That's what art can do I suppose.

Now let me introduce them up close:

This is Melanie - she's surrendering to her sadness.

This is Ginger - she's giving her tears over to the wind.

This is Helen - she's determined to survive no matter what.

This is Lydia - she's trying to see the good through the bad.

I like how these girls are strong in adversity and I want to share them with you. Since I have some reason to celebrate on this blog I thought I would do a sad girl give away. Maybe I should have called it a strong girl give away, but oh well...

The reason to celebrate is that the end of may was also the end of my first year as an artsy blogger! Also around that time I wrote my 100th post and the counter got to 10.000 page views! I think all of this is just amazing! I know there's blogs out there with way more traffic, but I'm still baffled I get traffic at all, haha.

I can't believe how fast the time has gone and how much I enjoy keeping up this blog. I had been procrastinating for so long before I started (been wanting to keep one for years, but never did anything about it) and now I can't imagine my life without it. I'm still totally amazed at everybody who reads it, comments on it or even feels the need to follow it. You have no idea how happy that makes me and also how happy it makes me to read other peoples blogs.

It's also a wonderful thing to keep up with my own artsy endeavours by blogging about them. One of my goals for this blog was to show myself that I am not as lazy and unproductive as I sometimes think I am (I know, I'm not right in the head). I sometimes get that feeling, because for everything that I do I still have about 2000 ideas that I don't get to. I'm sure you know what I mean. Anyway, this blog has been a really good antidote to all that so far. It makes me feel productive and active. That makes me happy too.

Now, I hope that some of you like my sad girls enough to want to adopt one. Here's what you have to do: leave a comment and tell me which sad girl you prefer and why. I will not judge the winner on who ever gives the best reason, I'm just curious about your preferences. A week from now (friday 17 june) I will be using the random number generator to select a winner. The winner will receive the sad girl of her choice. That's it, that's all. You don't have to jump through hoops, or become a follower or anything. I just want to know that you want one and which one that is. If you never come back to my blog again after that I don't care. I want my stuff to go to someone who likes it, that's all.

Hope you want to adopt a sad girl and check back on friday to see if she's yours. Good luck!


  1. Caatje,

    I love these works. Sad Helen reminds me of a girl (close to me, and her name even resembles Helen) I saw crying recently. I will show her the picture of your work on your blog, but I would love to present the real thing to her. I think it will help "my Helen" to make it through her episode...

  2. Beautiful work! And you have only been doing this for a year?! I am very impressed!

  3. Congratulations to your first year of blogging!!!
    You have put a lot of work in to these pictures, lot of layers. I like Ginger and Lydia, the wording on them is nice.



  4. I like Ginger the most... ik ga even door in het Nederlands :) ... Ik ben een natuurmens, en vind het een prachtige gedachte als de wind mijn tranen weg blaast... wat een heerlijk gevoel moet dat zijn! Dan ben je pas echt 1 met de natuur! Ze zijn allemaal prachtig!! Mijn complimenten!!

  5. Caatje your sad girls make me happy, happy, happy! I do love them all and they'd make great rubber stamp images by the way! Well please toss my name into the hat to possibly win one of your great art pieces! They are inspirational, my favorite art style these days. *smiles* Norma
    p.s. your blog has always been inspiring to me...whether it be your work space, your work itself, or your ideas. You are generous in sharing yourself and I appreciate that.

  6. Zo'n herkenbare "vrouwen" reacties. Ze zijn prachtig weergegeven in combinatie met de teksten.
    Veel succes,

  7. Prachtige werken !
    herken me helemaal in het schilderij over sterk willen zijn,
    mijn zusje is op koninginnedag overleden en ook ik wil sterk zijn en aan de mooie herinneringen denken !

  8. I love your sad faces! "Helen" is a name I have used for my "other self" (maybe my muse?) for years. So, Helen really speaks to me. Your Helen could be a nice reminder for me that it's okay to cry, that tears are lovely and full of meaning.

  9. Love your work, have enjoyed your blog! I've followed you on the compartjournal yahoo group for a long time and love your creations. I think Ginger would have to be my favorite although it changes each time I view them. I do like the three with open eyes the best, they are so expressive it seems a shame to hide them behind lids.

  10. congratulations on your first year of blogging. I love all four of your beautiful paintings but if I had to pick one I would pick Helen since I am partial to purple. Can not wait to see more. Thanks for the inspiration. I am just getting started and have not set up my blog yet but hope to soon. Have a great weekend.

  11. Congrats on your first year of blogging. I like sad Ginger. That saying has been a favorite of my for many years.

  12. Congratulations on your 1 year old blog. The sad girls series is beautiful.

  13. Wow, Caatje! What an amazing giveaway! My favorite is Sad Lydia. I love her little smile, the fact that her strength lies in trying to remain positive through her tears. She is just pretty!! I have really enjoyed your blog and all of the inspiration it has provided to me. I agree that having a blog is really helping me explore my creativity, try things out so I can share them, and not be "lazy" or let time go by without trying the projects that catch my eye. Congratulations on all of your milestones!

  14. I live in Colombia - so I'm not expecting to win one of these beautiful works of art - because of the cost of postage to send something but I did want to leave a comment to congratulate you on your first year of blogging! Keep up the great work!

  15. Well I can't really decide....I love the ones that feature hearts - that will be a surprise!!!!

  16. Congratulations on your one year blog anniversary! The sad girls are all lovely but I like Lydia best. Reminds me of my daughter.

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