Artists Inspired by Nature Treasures: Sybille Tezzele Kramer, Liliya Tereshkiv, Lois Mathews and Paula Kuitenbrouwer

Sybille Tezzele Kramer, Liliya Tereshkiv, Lois Mathews & Paula Kuitenbrouwer

Sybille Tezzele Kramer:


Italian born Sybille Tezzele Kramer draws inspiration from her direct surroundings in Sud-Tirol. Sybille shows her appreciation for weeds with her drawing, named Erbacce/Unkraut. Notice Chamomile, Poppy, Alchemilla, Foxtail grass and Dandelion. Also, notice the smiling face of the weeds. Weed smiles because it is stronger than all the poison that is used. And why using it? Why do we categorize some plants as obnoxious weeds and others as ornamental plants? Why do we say some stones are pebbles and others are gemstones? Sybille creates a three-dimensional effect by drawing a heliocentric composition. Read more about this lovely drawing here. Sybille’s Erbacce/Unkraut/Weed is available here. The original Erbacce is touring through Italy as a mobile exhibition ‘Lo Sguardo Obliquo’.

Liliya Tereshkiv:

Liliya Tereshkiv, a Ukraine born artist, also living in Italy, is the woman behind Sorriso Design. Liliya shows us how nature inspires her by picking up leaves and pine cones and looking at the blue sky. Here is her lovely Etsy shop full woodwork, jewellery and home decoration. Have a look, you will be surprised. More of Liliya’s nature photos are here.

Lois Mathews:

For years I’m enjoying the walks Lois Mathews records at her delightful blog  Sketching on Whidbey Island. If there are sketches directly inspired by nature, they are Lois’ water-paintings. I don’t like to sit in front of a screen, but that all changes when I read Lois’s records and nature studies. Did I just feel a bit of fresh air? Or did I hear a songbird? Do I noticed footprints on the walking track? Lois’s nature journal enchants me.


An empty wall, wood and driftwood treasures and a few of my prints. I’ve put them together for a playful exhibition of a few of my prints. My birds and butterflies feel perfectly at home in their natural environment.

There is nothing definitive or pretentious about this, I can add and remove things without damaging the wall. There is bark of an eucalyptus tree, a honeysuckle knot, pine-cone branches, driftwood, some wooden pegs and prints.


Paula at Etsy

Paula at Amazon Handmade

Koi Carp, Koikarppi, Cyprinus carpio, Koi fiŝo, Niŝikigoi, 비단잉어, Carpa koi

Koi met Vis Vaas


Koi carp, or more specifically nishikigoi are a group of fish that are ornamental varieties of domesticated common carp that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens.

Koi carps are mesmerizing. People are willing to pay big money for a pretty carp fish. An ‘Agasi’, the blue koi,  is particularly pretty. I think I know why.
Some time ago I sat next to a large pond that was filled with koi with beautiful colours and patterns. I looked at them and looked at them. I sat and sat and got mesmerized. I asked myself why I was I so intensely enjoying sitting next to this pond and looking at the slow and gently moving  fish? I just didn’t want to go home, I couldn’t get enough of it.
Suddenly I understood.
The pond with koi had become my thinking. Each koi represented one thought, a thought that lighted up against the dark, deep pond. Thought swam in and out of my mind and koi carp swam in and out of my vision. The more the fish got used to me and I to them, the slower they appeared and disappeared. Simultaneously, my thinking process became a flow; it slowed down and became less demanding. I became aware of my thoughts coming and going, like the koi. Sitting by the pond and looking at the colourful, smooth swimming fish became a spontaneous meditation.
Has this meditation helped me to understand the obsession with koi and the willingness to spend a monthly salary on a beautiful Agasi? Yes, I do understand now, but that doesn’t mean I became obsessed because that is a choice. However, I decided to draw a koi-series to capture the meditation experience in coloured pencil drawings. Every time I look at my drawing I want to feel that meditation again. And I hope others feel it too while looking at my drawing.
This happened years ago and I’m still drawing ponds with koi.
I still must be mesmerized.


My Koi series is at Etsy in print. If you like to buy a koi print without an buyers account on Etsy, contact me via mindfuldrawing (add) gmail (dot) com.

Originals not for sale.

Two Koi with Lotus.

Two Kingfishers with Koi.

Two Koi with a Dragonfly.


A glimpse of a few exquisite prints

Pumpkins with Butterflies, professionally glued onto a passe partout, without frame. 45 Euro, excl. shipping.  Size: 40-50 cm. Light fast print on high quality art paper.

‘Tulip Heads Three Graces’ professionally glued onto a passe partout, without frame. 35 Euro, excl. shipping.  Size 30-40 cm. Light fast print on high quality art paper.

‘Autumn Butterflies’ professionally glued onto a passe partout, without frame. 45 Euro, excl. shipping. Size 40-50 cm. Light fast print on high quality art paper.

Click images to enlarge.

 Paula Kuitenbrouwer at Etsy

Personalized Birthday Print with Favourite Birds, Flowers or Butterflies


I’ve designed a personalized birthday print for my father’s 85th birthday. It show his three favourite birds. There is a lapwing on the left, a collard dove in the middle, and an oyster-catcher at the right. Finding a harmonious combination of numbers and birds was a nice task to work out. The collared dove stands high and mighty on the 5, with his beak resembling the shape of the little flag of the 5. The curvy chest of the lapwing is in synchronicity with the curve of the 8. And the chest of the oyster-catcher is aligned with the curve of the 5. The oyster-catcher and the lapwing hold the 8 and 5 in place by putting their legs on both sides of the numbers.

Commission me click here (or contact me directly)


Paula Kuitenbrouwer at Etsy and at Paula’s Art Shop.

Put Different Elements Together

Putting different elements together is rewarding

In my drawing of a Pumpkin with Autumn Butterflies I’ve put put two elements together: a heavy pumpkin and contrary to the central heaviness of the pumpkin two light-weighted butterflies. If an object or element is heavy, it adds charm to a picture to complement it with something not-heavy, in this case fluttering butterflies. Different elements work great together.

Have a look at how Korean Designer Hun-Chung Lee shows in ‘The Ceramic Furniture of Hun-Chung Lee’ how beautiful he has put geometrical elements together.

We see a square, a rectangle, a sphere, and a block and they all make this wonderful bench to sit on. No…to sit on after admiring it. Or to admire it at the same time as sitting on it while resting your arm on the rectangular block. For more click here.

This Korean house design by Lim-geo Dang my heart jump too.

See how it combines cosy corners, in which you feel safe and at home, with openness and a far view. The house uses concrete and wood, glass and vegetation to combine elements. The light on the different elements creates a wonderful colour palette, mainly soft yellow. It is as if the sun shines, but if you look at the sky you clearly see an overcast. How would you feel in a house that offers you elements like space, cosiness and sunshine? More info here.

Even within a drawing of one type of flowers, in this case tulips, one can put different elements together.

Notice how the first flower on the left is opening. Follow the bouquet clockwise and see how the tulips comes to full bloom. Finish your mindful observation by observing the last, hanging tulip that represents decay and the end of a life. Even when you draw 4 flowers you can suggest all the elements of an old fashioned Vanitas theme: that life is short. The Latin Vanitas means “emptiness” and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life.

Putting different elements together is rewarding.


Paula Kuitenbrouwer at Etsy.

The Importance of Different Elements and Textures

I will show you three modern pictures with my comments and two of my drawings to show you the importance of putting different elements and textures together.

Look at the small, modern still life above. You see ceramics, concrete, wood, glass, metal, and water in the glass flask. All those elements make a lovely modern still life. To me it is a bit too low positioned, on the other hand the empty space on the right-up feels de-cluttered and ‘Zen’. Somehow we long  for emptiness to quiet our busy minds. Therefore put those ‘full’ and ’empty’ elements together.

Now have a look at this enchanting picture. Why is it so pretty? It is just a table with glassware. I think it is so wonderful because it combines only a few but beautiful elements: thick old wood, modern transparent glass, and open chair with a closed background (wall). These contradicting elements ‘open’ and ‘close’, ‘massive’ and ‘transparent’, ‘antique’ and ‘modern’ make a perfect picture.

Another beautiful picture! Look at its elements: the soft texture of the peony goes wonderfully with the hardness of the glass. The fluff of the peony contradicts beautifully the smooth surface of the vase. The old and unpainted wood should be positioned -as it is- close to crystal clear water. This is a lovely composition of contradicting textures and elements.

Notice how important different textures and elements are in a picture. How conflicting or contradicting elements beautifully enrich a painting or picture.

Now I invite you to have a look how I’ve complemented a massive pumpkin with fragile butterflies in this drawing:

and here I’ve done in essence the same only with a massive, dark coloured block of wood and fragile, fluttery Blue butterflies:

Put different elements together to create a rich drawing, painting or photo.
Why that is so, I have no clue. My best guess is that we feel happy and rich in feeling if we are invited to experience different elements; like the soft wind on our bodies when we make a beach walk, or the smell of wet grass when we open our windows to let in the warmth and light of the sun.


P.S. I have no idea who took the three modern still life photos because they were posted on Pinterest before the time Pinterest ensured all uploaded pictures kept their links to their original source. I regret not be able to give credit to the owners of these lovely photos. I hope one day they will add a comment to this post that links their work back to their website or blog.

Celadon Ceramics, Dutch Tulips, Designed Cards, and Wooden Cardettes

South Korean Celadon Ceramic Flower Pot

Fabric Dutch Tulips

Custom made Flower Bouquet Card

Self-made Wooden Cardette

Copyright Paula Kuitenbrouwer

Paula Kuitenbrouwer sells at Etsy.