Illuminated letter

illuminated-letter-by-janet-plantingaAs an assignment for art school, I created this illuminated letter. In the middle ages they where used to illustrate manuscripts. This illuminated letter has some Celtic motifs and a fantastic animal motif.

Etching of a parrot

For the first time in my life, tonight I have been etching (drypoint). What a nice experience. I loved doing it. I really want to experiment with it a lot more. Unfortunately, I don’t have a press and the right ink, so I’ll have to be patient. It’s a dirty job by the way, the ink gets everywhere!

Mixed Media

mixed-media-horse-on-rock-by-janet-plantingaToo old to learn? Never! After I’ve worked a lot of years in IT and communications, I realised that making art is my passion. Because I want to make better art, I started art school (Kunstacademie Friesland) last september. I enjoy that so much.

An evening playing with mixed media resulted in these two works of art.



Acrylic on board with an oil glazeIt was rather difficult to make a good photo of this painting, because it’s shining all over due to the oil glaze. This photo reflects the painting the best, although I like the painting better.

Acrylic on board with an oil glaze, 30 x 40 cm

Hanny by Janet Plantinga, detail

Portrait of Paul de Leeuw

Portrait of Paul de Leeuw by Janet PlantingaFor almost a year I doubted whether this portrait of Dutch comedian and television host Paul de Leeuw was “finished”. Because tomorrow I drew this portrait exactly one year ago, I today decided: It’s done!

Rembrandtmarket great success

Looking out on the Van Harenskerk last saturday I had a booth on the Rembrandtmarket in St. Annaparochie. What a great market it was! I will definitely join in next year. There even was a visitor who enjoyed herself so much watching my art and me making art that she stayed for over an hour. How cool is that?

Inbetween I’ve been doodeling a bit, although there was not much time to draw. For those who saw me draw, this is the end result! Small but nice.

20160806 Doodle during Rembrandtmarkt by Janet Plantinga

Workshop Zentangle

In verband met het Corona-virus, geef ik voorlopig helaas geen workshops…

Only available in The Netherlands, Friesland.
7 96dpi

Zin in een gezellige ochtend, middag of avond tekenen met patroontjes, of zoals het tegenwoordig bekender is, zentanglen? Dan kom ik graag bij je langs om jou en je vriend(inn)en, familie of buren de fijne kneepjes van deze manier van tekenen bij te brengen. Dit kunnen al bestaande patroontjes zijn die ook bij zentangle (r) worden gebruikt, maar ik kan je ook leren je eigen patroontjes te maken.

Aantal personen: 4 tot 8
Kosten per persoon: € 25
Duur: ongeveer 2,5 uur

Houden we de workshop bij jou thuis? Dan krijg jij een basissetje met drie tekenpennen, een potlood en een doezelaar ter waarde van € 13,95 cadeau. Het oefenmateriaal neem ik mee.

Mail me om je op te geven! Let op: alleen beschikbaar in Friesland.

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Painting moved to Belgium

After Australia, one of my paintings moved to… Belgium! Mrs and mr De Kunst bought the painting when I stayed in The Blokhuispoort for two weeks. Mrs De Kunst liked the painting for her study on a blue wall.

This is one of my favorite paintings. It’s always a bit sad to say goodbye to a painting you worked on for several hours. But hey, that’s part of the deal being an artist, isn’t it? 😉

Mevrouw en meneer De Kunst nemen het schilderij 'Zon en bloemen' mee

Mrs and mr De Kunst with the painting ‘Sun and flowers’[/caption]

A couple of days ago I received an e-mail with a picture of the painting on the wall in her study. Mrs De Kunst wrote: “Your art piece in the middle of my idols for life”. How beautiful and an honor is that?

Het schilderij hangt tussen idolen voor het leven The painting, hanging in the middle of idols for life

Already in the Christmas mood

Well, I just felt in the mood, being ‘locked up’ in a cel in the former jail Blokhuispoort in Leeuwarden: drawing Christmas trees. So I have time to scan and print them on cards and sell them on markets. A sneak preview…

Christmas zentangle tree with zengems by Janet Plantinga

Christmas zentangle tree by Janet Plantinga

Christmas tree zentangle by Janet Plantinga

Artists in a jail cell

Well! My cell in the Blokhuispoort, the former jail in Leeuwarden has been decorated. For the next two weeks you can find me there, at least from wednesday until saturday. Saturday the 23rd of july will be my last day.

Not only you can buy some paintings and art cards from me, but I also offer a mini workshop Zentangle. In about 15 minutes I teach you the basic principles of zentangling. Some call it the next coloring for grown ups.

I’m in the cell because of a special project ‘Artists in a jail cell’, a project of ‘Leeuwarden 2018’. Leeuwarden is the cultural capital of Europe in 2018. For me a good opportunity to find out if I like working in a studio instead of at home. Are you stopping by to say hello?