dinsdag 24 december 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all and enjoy every moment and of all the little things in life, treasure them....
Love, Andrea

donderdag 5 december 2013


hi all,
It has been quiet for some time, because besides the fair and some assignments, I was doing the e-course of Lilla Rogers, MATS, make art that sells.
The one who got me curious about this e-course was, Miriam Bos, from Bos illustrations. She took part A earlier and saw what she was doing with it and loved it. I thought it could be the next step in the direction of taking my art more seriously.

This course, part A, took 5 weeks and we now are having a blog-tour about our experiences and the work we made and still are. My blog-buddies for today are : Ohn Mar Win  and Diane Neukirch.

It was a flood of information, hard work, but so much fun to do.
The course took 5 weeks, every week with another market and subject to work on.
The weeks started with ICONS, then halfway we got the real deal and on Sundays we had to submit our assignment.
The first eye opener and most important one for me, even as a traditional artist, was to work as much as possible in icons, to practice the subjects plus you could mix them up into a design at a later point, traditional or digital.

Week1: Fabric, berries and Pyrex casserole
I made a paisley kind of icon with mistletoe and the lid of a casserole in mistletoe-design. I found it hard and perhaps tried to hard, but was glad I could meet up with the deadline.
this week I found out that I really needed to update my skills to work digital, something to pick up after the class.

Week2: Home decor, bromelias. plate design.
Second thing I learnt, artists don't have favourite colours they work in all colours. So took the challenge in using the given colour palette and played with it. Had lot's of fun with this assignment. The bromelias became not the main icons but loved the over all look.

Week3: childrenbook's illustration.
This was a bummer for me, because I had to finish stuff up for a fair I was attending and couldn't finish this assignment.
But found out, although had a hard time with it, I'll live ;).

week4: Wall art, abstract and flowers
Started off this week with great enthusiasm, but was at some point scared and too afraid to ruin it, messed with the lettering and took the lesson from Lilla, don't try to find the most perfect work, that way you run the possibility to get never finished and you'll keep starting over and over again, so finish what you have in the best possible way. I think this is a wise lesson.

Week5: gift market, super lush zipper pouch
Already the last week, we had to search for our collection, I don't have certain collections, but collect all different kind of things, memories. I was cracking my head about it, what to do, then it hit me. The third week I had made a flamingo in class, or as a classmate said: glamingo. So started off with her and what I could do more, a little scene popped in my mind, about her in around 1920, Paris, on the road or just arriving with a ton of bags... Hand painting took a lot of work, so decided to leave the car in a silhouette and start cracking my head with photoshop ;) Again I was glad I made it in time, had so much fun with it, but also knew I still have so much to learn.

Those 5 weeks were intense, emotional, nerve wrecking, but so much fun and challenging to do. I learned tons of Lilla and loved the guidance of Beth in the process and am so thankful to have met so many lovely people all over the world with the same passion, making what you love: ART.

When time is a bit less busy, I want to rework all of the assignments and reread all the lessons and information again. In between I'm doing an on-line lettering course and going to the library to get me some books about photoshop. So when part B starts, I will have more to explore and to work with.

So a big thank you for Lilla, Beth, Paul, and the classmates.
Miriam Bos for helping me on the side and supporting me all the way through.
And my husband and children to put up with me those 5 weeks, living like in a cocoon ;).

You can find the urls of the other mates at the bottom of this post, make sure you take a look at their work and experiences as well.

Enjoy! love, Andrea

www.melissadoran.com and www.goradiate.ie

Tina Koyama

dinsdag 24 september 2013

some finished work

The big doll and bear fair at Den Bosch is getting closer, so I'm busy finishing up some work.
For now that are the Griffin and a Steampunk buste dragon.
Have wonderful day and have fun!

Love, Andrea

woensdag 4 september 2013


for some time now there was a griffin kind of animal standing  here, waiting to be finished, but it never came to it. This summer I decided that he was right in proportions but liked the head of him, so I took a saw and sawed the poor thing in half ;).
Now I liked it better and am busy to get him finished as a kind of buste coming out of a wall hangingframe.
I was trying, you can see that in this picture, how large the wings are suppose to be, in average, so I put the two separate wings together to give me a better feeling of how large they have to become, well, they are better now, but still too small ;)....So I have to get back swift to go finish this guy up in the sculpting part.
Have fun,


little basket dragons...

the summer holidays are over and it is time to go back to work.
I've been busy making some new basket dragons, they are not yet painted, but soon will be.
You can see some work in progress pictures here: miniature-fantasy page

Have fun!


maandag 3 juni 2013

new items cute and shabby

hi, I posted some picture of new items I made in the cute and shabby style.
You can see them at the cute and shabby page: here

Love Andrea

dinsdag 21 mei 2013

Dutch doll magazine

Today I got the Dutch doll and teddybear magazine with the post.
And I saw a nice article about the DABIDA-day, but fell almost of my chair.
A picture of my piece, for the DABIDA-award, was showing huge on the pages.
That was a big surprise.

Love, Andrea

vrijdag 17 mei 2013

little seaside house 1:12

I finished up a little seaside house, 1:12, and it can come with me to the upcoming fair.
You can see more of it here: miniature houses.
Have fun!


donderdag 16 mei 2013

some miniatures...

Hi, some last miniatures are made and all is almost packed, for the upcoming miniature fair.

you can see them here: fantasy miniatures

love, Andrea

donderdag 9 mei 2013

little cottage 1:12

just wanted to let you know that the little cottage is almost finished.
I put the Photos up at Miniature Houses

love, Andrea

maandag 6 mei 2013

Dabida Award 2013

In a previous post, I shared with you that my piece, midsummer dance, was one of the three entries that was going to compete for the Dabida award 2013. I now can let you all know that my piece won the second place! I'm so proud and blown away by the fact this really happened.
All three of the entries were beautiful and so different from another. 
The members of Dabida were very kind and warm-hearted. This made the day even more special.

 Astrid Mulder
 Esther Verschoor
 Lydia Dekker
 Kim van de Wetering
 Kathleen Engelen
 Marijke van Ooijen
 Gelske Koopmans
 Marlaine Verhelst
 Tine Kamerbeek
 Kamilla Meesters
Caroline van Stiphout

If you would like to see more pictures,
you can see some pictures of the Dabida day 2013 here: Pictures
Pictures of the three entries and their places here: Pictures

The theme for next year will be: Transformation.

Who knows, maybe I will give it another try.

love, and have fun, Andrea

some dates for fairs to mention

Just wanted to let you know that I will attend the miniature fair at Antwerpen, 18-19 May 2013.
I will also attend a local fair at Wormerveer, with more of the "cute and shabby " items, that I  show at my new blog. This fair will be held at June the first 2013.
and of course the annual international doll and bear fair at Den Bosch, held at 26-27 October 2013.

So maybe see you then?

love, Andrea

zondag 7 april 2013


Just wanted to let you know that I posted some pictures on the part of Miniatures, of a new little cottage I'm building in 1:12.
You can find it at the tab Miniature Houses.

Love, Andrea

maandag 1 april 2013

New blog

Next to the Misty Mountains blog, I started a new one " Cute and Shabby " .
At this blog I will show all the cute and a bit of shabby stuff I like to make, but is too different from the rest of my work and I hope it will help to navigate better in what you want to see of my work.
That's also that I made some tabs in the different things I do.
Not everything is up to date or working the way I want is it to, but eventually it will ;)

Have a lovely day, and until the next post.

love, Andrea

vrijdag 1 maart 2013

Dabida 2013

this morning I got an e-mail, that my piece, midsummer dance is one of the three nominated for the Dabida-award.
Yeah! I'm very pleased and honoured, to be one of them.
I have to go there with my duo. Come and see it too, the 21th of april 2013.

There is some marvellous work there to see of many famous Dutch and Belgian doll artists.

happy weekend!

love, Andrea

donderdag 21 februari 2013

Midsummer dance - DABIDA

hi, Just got a note that I've been selected with the 10 nominees, of the DABIDA award 2013...
Never suspected this, there is a lot of wonderful work that has been send in for the award.
My piece, midsummer dance , is now up into next round....

Love, Andrea

maandag 4 februari 2013

midsummer dance

hi, have been some time again, shame, but have been a bit too busy.
I finished a piece I wanted to finish badly.
There was a challenge at DABIDA called Joy.
So I started this piece in October and finished it just in time.
It is made with prosculpt, soft body and a lot of embroidery, handmade roses and painted with soft pastels and acrylics.
Have fun watching!

love, Andrea