Newsletters with Discount Codes

Four fresh, colourful and charming newsletters are the fruits of the month of September. Use my newsletters to gain insight in my art, to make lovely cut-outs for your notebooks or to see whether you like to buy a few note cards with discount coupon codes.

My first newsletter narrates the story behind my (many) Koi fish drawings and paintings. It shows why I have never stopped drawing lotus ponds with big, colourful koi carp. This newsletter is free and offers you a discount coupon code for my beautiful Koi Carp note cards that I sell at Etsy.

Tulip Newsletter

My second newsletter explains my Four Tulips Composition and shows various tulip artwork. Lush tulips in all colours and compositions are to be admired in this colourful newsletter. There is a discount coupon code to be used whilst checking out your Four Tulip Composition note card and Etsy.

Albino Mandarin Duck Newsletter with Coupon Code

In this full coloured newsletter, Paula tells the story about mother duck calling her ducklings to make the jump. There are images of Paula’s artwork and work in progress. There is a discount coupon code too.

Pumpkin Newsletter

My Pumpkin newsletter tells the story about how I cam to drawing big, orange and beautiful pumpkins. Once you have studied all the details of an object and you see these objects again, it feels like meeting an old friend. I can draw or paint the thick, scarred skin of a pumpkin because I studied the uneven and surprising patterns on pumpkins so well. Enjoy the newsletter and use the discount coupon code for your beautiful Pumpkin note card at Etsy.

Paula Kuitenbrouwer on Inspiration

For me inspiration is related to a deep longing to beauty. My art is not political, it is not related to society or country. It is not revolutionary, innovative or economical. I want it to be beautiful and in accordance with my values. I dislike art that goes against everything I stand for. I step away from shocking, degrading, ugly, women and animal unfriendly art. Art does not die, artists do. The question therefore is what do you like to leave behind long after your studio has closed.

Paula Kuitenbrouwer

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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.

Paula Kuitenbrouwer