At first this was a clean-up page in one of my altered books. I had some paint left and didn’t want to throw it away. So i quickly put the colours together on the page. Then i dicovered those colours worked very well together. The page became a painting. The painting I combined with this significant quote of Coco Chanel: ‘The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.’ I think thinking for yourself is one of the most important things in life, AND in art.

Like all of my paintings this piece was made on top of a few sheets of book paper glued together. Whenever I start painting I avoid the blank page. Usualy I work on top of old, used book papers. I think it’s because of my day job – I’m a writer – that I don’t get inspired by a blank page. And I DO get inspired by a page that has already a story. It works very well for me to combine my story with the story that was already there. The layer of the story becomes a layer in my artpiece.

Material: Acrylics and collage
Frame size: 33,3 x 33,3 cm
Painting: 19 x 19 cm

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