nl | en | es

Joos's journal


Ocean girl

In the intensive painting course I am taking we are now encouraged to find our own voice.
I feel that I want to continue with watercolor for a while.
This is not offered in the course, so I will have to find my own way.
Ocean girl is the first result of this search.





Thie painting expresses a kind of zero point in my way of painting.
It is the last of my okd style and the new isn’t here yet.
I spend this Sunday outside, on my terrace.
The weather is good.
And I listen to my inside, looking for the way I want to go.
I don’t need to do anything…
On Youtube I watch instruction videos for watercolor painting.
Especially fluid, free expression fascinates me and fuels my enthouosiasm.
A bit of ’messing around ‘with paint and ink and water appeals to me.
I wait and see what will happen.



Expressing the feminine

Since the beginning of December I have been taking an intensive painting course, online.
I had planned to carry out all the assignments and to resist as little as possible.
It was hard, but I wanted to do it.
Charcoal drawings, still lives, a street in Paris with perspective, all kinds of things.
But I missed the holy fire.
My resistance grew.
This time I allowed myself to choose my own subject for the black on black oil painting.
Suddenly my fingers knew what they wanted to do and the result resonated with my inner being.
To express the feminine, that’s what I want.



Peace on Earth

In these days before Christmas
I need a lot of solitude
As if I am an anchor point
in hectic times

I would like to be a resting place for you
if you want to take a break
So that we can remain close to ourselves
as authentically present as possible

Know that there are many people
who want to live in light and peace
You are not alone in this.

Peace on Earth




I felt a bit triggered.
All of sudden I saw what I was painting: Wisdom.
The feeling of wisdom entered my body and was the answer to my frustration.



The feminine

Sometimes I wonder why I spend so much time on my femininity.
The softness of my body, my sensuality, my desire for more romance, the expression of the feminine in my paintings.
Allowing the feminine brings me closer to myself, beyond the mental ideas.
Beyond the shame I feel when I expose the feminine.
Below I show the original version of a painting, a painting that no longer exists, because I covered her with more paint and changed the expression.
Fortunately I still have a photo of the original, so I can have her beautifully printed on plexiglass or aluminium.
In all sizes, matte or glossy.
I now dare to admit that I think she is beautiful.
Send me an email if you want to order a print.

And it is also possible to order prints of this painting:




This painting has been standing in a corner for a long time, because I didn't know how to harmonize the colors of the lower half with those of the upper part.
Apparently, I needed to align my human side even more with my "higher self" before I was able to do so.
Listening to my deeper, higher self and embodying her is part of my life's mission, my destiny.
The little owl on her shoulder and the bird appeared on their own.



Reflecting on the moon

When I make a new painting, I don't start with a plan.
I apply paint to the canvas and see what forms appear.
It feels like a cooperation between the shapes and colours and me.
Although this time I was surprised by the result, I recognized it.
It expresses my need to turn inward.
"Reflecting on the moon" is the name of the painting.



A deeper voice

I cherish my melancholy self on this quiet Sunday in August.
A deeper voice inside me is heard in whispered tone.
I want to give her space and listen deeply to her needs, her wants.
Will she hear my welcome?
‘This is it’, she says. 



New painting

It was warm in Spain and in the afternoon I stayed inside to paint.
Since I am an expressive painter I never know exactly what will happen.
I started with earthly colors, but during the week a fierce energy took over.
The water, and the blue of the sky appeared on the canvas.
Here is the result.
She will have a spot at the entrance of the house.
I look forward to being welcomed by her the next time I go to Spain.

This is the underpainting for the final version.
Fortunately I took a photograph.
I will have a print of the image made on canvas, so that I can have her near...