Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Cats being cute and in the way

Whether it's working for my job or working on my art, there's almost always a cat that likes to be part of the process. My own cat Spooky now has full on competition of my intruder cat Garfield who is feeling more and more at home at my place. 

Sometimes they compete in cuteness and sometimes they just work together. So here are some pics of cute cats wanting to be part of things I do.

In these times of video meetings there has not been one meeting where at least one cat got in the frame. It's all very professional over here at Casa Caatje. ;-)

Hope you have a furry companion or two to get in your way and wishing you a wonderful and artsy day. 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Digital Doodles

Drawing on the iPad gives me great joy. It's like having an entire art studio in one little tablet that you can just take anywhere. Mostly I draw my patterns, but every now and then I do like to experiment in different approaches.

Here are five doodle drawings that I did on my iPad in Procreate:

These really were a lot of fun to do and I intend to do many more. I am also thinking about having a couple of these printed on canvas to hang on my wall. I'm very curious how that would turn out and I'll keep you posted when I do. 

Hope you are doing colourful things and wishing you a wonderful and artsy day!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

A whole week of winter

If you've been following this blog for a while you know that I am a great lover of winter. You may also know I live in a place where winters are mild. On my island even more so than on the main land of The Netherlands. It's the influence of the sea. In summer that's a blessing, because I don't like hot weather and summer is usually cooler on the island than elsewhere, but in winter I am sometimes cranky if a whole year goes by without even a little frost. That's what happened the past few years and I felt cheated.

But this year halfway February we actually had some actual winter. A whole week of it! 

I know, it's nothing compared to those of you who have winter all winter long (I am so envious of you all), but for me it may have to last me for another three years.

Anyway, it being cold and having actual snow and all made me want to take pictures of ...well... everything. So here are some postcards from our winter week on the island. Enjoy!

I actually took afternoons off work so I could go on long winter walks. It was fabulous. 

Of course after that one week the thaw set in and since then we have been mostly moving towards spring. I would have liked it to last a little longer, but in this place I take what I can get.

Hope you are enjoying the weather whatever it is and wherever you are and wishing you a wonderful and artsy day!

Friday, March 19, 2021


Next to drawing abstract doodles and patterns, my biggest love is collage. From time to time I take out my colourful scrapbook and make a small series and I also like doing collage cards for snail mail.

Today is about my scrapbook though. Here are six collages I recently finished.

I think the ones with the black paper background are my favorites. It makes me think about buying a black paper scrapbook just for collage. But maybe I should just finish up this one first, haha. 

Hope you are all playing with paper, scisscors and glue, and wishing you a wonderful and artsy day!

Thursday, March 11, 2021


In my A5 pattern book which I often use for my morning art sessions (but not just for that) I have been fascinated with what I like to call opposites. It's where the pattern on the left page is in one form or another the counterpart of the page on the right. 

Here's what I mean:

I like how after al these years I am still not done experimenting with these pattern drawings on squared grid paper. I never tire of them and I keep getting differend ideas that always start with 'what if?'.

All these were done in felt tip pens by the way. Still my favorite medium to work with when I draw patterns. 

Hope you are enjoying something so much you can just keep playing at it forever, and wishing you a wonderful and artsy day. 

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