Inspiring Creativity

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I’m happy to report that my booklet is doing well. I have 5 available at 15 Euros including shipping. Mail me at mindfuldrawing@gmail.com if you like to receive it via Paypal. It will come in a nicely decorated envelope.

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I like to show its title and cover in detail, yet I like my book also to look as gift. Hence the very nice wrapping paper that I bought at Avoca.

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I love the weeks before Christmas, Hanukkah or Yule as my artists friends and  I exchange  postcards. It is inspiring to see their creativity. Here are Sybille’s and Debbie’s cards; full colour and, of course, beautifully handmade. I keep them for years.

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At Blurb, Etsy and at Paula Art Shop, I have now the option to buy a print and my booklet with one click. My art shop has a direct check out, setting up an account  is not needed.

If you like to receive a postcard by me as well as my name card with information about my book; mail me at mindfuldrawing@gmail.com. I will be happy to send to you a lovely decorated envelope, like Sybille and Debbie have sent me.

Isn’t it nice how your mailbox, at Christmas, becomes a surprise box? Instead of boring advertisements you find colourful envelopes with your handwritten name. There are stickers, stamps and small doodles on the envelope. When you open it, colours burst out and you hold a card that expresses human warmth, creativity and a reassurance that handmade still exists and hasn’t been crushed by digitization. Bravo for handmade cards.

Love,

Paula

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Personalized Birthday Print with Favourite Birds, Flowers or Butterflies

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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

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

An invitation to have a look at my work…..

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I invite you to have a look at my portfolio at Etsy. A good thing about having a online shop is that it gives you a quick and pretty overview. So, hop over to Etsy and have a look.
My portfolio is also at www.paulaartshop.com (paula+art+shop.com)

At Etsy I sell affordable prints and originals are at http://www.paulakuitenbrouwer.com

Pumkin with butterflies by Paula Kuitenbrouwer

And here are recommendations and reviews:

“Lovely item and a very helpful seller – many thanks!”

“Shipment was very fast and the product was very high quality. Thank you – I’m very pleased”

“What GORGEOUS ARTWORK you do! I always wished I was more artistic, I love to draw but only have limited talent in that way. I love you depictions of nature, just beautiful! Thank you for sharing that”.

“Hi Paula, I love your drawings and looking at them I can really feel the quiet moments and simple pleasures we can get from nature. Very calming, indeed! Many thanks”.

“You are a wonderfully talented artist Paula with a beautiful technique for making tender images that warm my heart to look at. Thank you”

“Paula, like you I love nature but you have an amazing capacity to capture nature at it’s best with your wonderful drawings. My best wishes for your continued success – people will fall in love with your wonderful talent”.

“The detail shown in the drawing of the Tawny Owl is amazing. This is another amazing piece from your Collection. Warm regards”

“Paula, I loved your nature arts. I do like stumbling upon feathers once in a while and collect them for their beauty. They seem like magical gifts from nature”.

Questions and orders? Contact: mindfuldrawing@gmail.com

New drawings and paintings are regularly uploaded

Paula

 

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Motherhood by Kuytenbrouwer

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Martinus Antonius Kuytenbrouwer (1777-1850) was a Dutch soldier and painter of  animals and landscapes. His first exhibition was held in 1813 in Amsterdam followed by more successful exhibitions. Horses played a major role in his work as a painter, most likely because as an officer he dealt with horses daily.

Martinus Antonius Kuytenbrouwer was a member of the Utrecht Society of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam. He married Johanna Sophia Gijsberta Kolff in 1798. Their son M. A. Kuytenbrouwer Jr. (1821 -1897) became a painter too.

A total of 24 works are known by Kuytenbrouwer Senior.

Above is shown the undated Motherhood.

As one can expect in a painting by Kuytenbrouwer Sr., the horse, with its foal, takes centre stage. The mother horse is suckling her young. The cows seem to be the only mothers in the painting without babies. The small flock of sheep has two lambs and the shepherd family has a big, healthy looking baby contently drinking too. I see an orange little thing next to the shepherd mother that can either be a robin or a flower.

The manor house in the back is unknown to me and I wonder what the 11 trees mean. The tree most to the left looks the oldest, while the trees to the right seem to be younger and skinnier. This seems a perfect natural representation. If the trees should symbolize something, could it then be that the 11 trees represent members on one family? It wasn’t uncommon at Kuytenbrouwer’s time to have large families. Maybe the age and number of the trees also represent Motherhood: the oldest and thickest tree is the mother of all the young ones that are grouped a bit further away, closer to the light and open field.

I love paintings and art with breastfeeding mothers. When a mother sits down to breastfeed her hungry baby, a peaceful and relaxed moment is guaranteed. The father shepherd snuggles up closely to his wife and baby, and enjoys the scene.

The mother horse keeps an eye on the painter as if to say: ‘You are allowed to watch and paint, but don’t disturb us; a happy baby means a happy family’.

Paula Kuitenbrouwer

p.s. Readers ask if I’m related to M.A. Kuytenbrouwer. M.A. Kuytenbrouwer is my father’s family but of a distant branch of the Kuytenbrouwer-family tree and -of course- a few generations back. The name Kuytenbrouwer changed through the generations from Coytenbrover to Kuytenbrouwer to Kuitenbrouwer. There are now Kuytenbrouwers and Kuitenbrouwers. The family of Kuitenbrouwer (with y and i) can be traced back to the 15th century in the east of the Netherlands.

Motherhood by M.A. Kuytenbrouwer postcards are available here

More on M.A. Kuytenbrouwer Sr. and Jr. here, here and here.

My Dutch book on breastfeeding and motherhood is here.

The Woodpecker Family

Woodpecker Family copyright Paula Kuitenbrouwer, photo Thomas Kluck

I’ve finished my portrait of a woodpecker family based on The Hamlyn Guide to Birds of Britain and Europe. Daddy Woodpecker inspects his home. Mummy Woodpecker feeds her son. Notice that a female woodpecker has no red cap. Both male and female have a red belly.

 

The original Woodpecker drawing, with Fine Art Cards

 

Paula Kuitenbrouwer

mindfuldrawing@gmail.com


Pheasant Feather

Pheasant Feather, copyright Paula Kuitenbrouwer, photo Thomas Kluck

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This is my ‘Token of Appreciation Card’. The feather runs diagonal from the left down corner, symbolizing an increasing line of a line graph to the left upper corner. This shows good performance, increased productivity or knowledge.

The card of appreciation makes employees feel proud. The card is printed on fine art paper and shows the tiniest detail.

Don’t underestimate the power of appreciative gestures.

This card is excellent to give to your employees, students, volunteers or graduated family-members or friends.

The cards made from this drawing are of high quality; it is like the feather is lying on the card instead of printed on it.

Paula

Paula Kuitenbrouwer sells original drawings, exquisite fine art cards of her drawings as well as reproductions. See Purchase in the header for what is available as well as the price list. In case you like to commission Paula, contact her at mindfuldrawing@gmail.com