Beertje Vonk (Bea)

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Dutch artist living in Wiltshire, UK. Pen and ink drawings ,watercolours, pastels and oils.Enquiries contact beavanwaes@aol. com

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I am half dead with the effort but at least we have some tulips and daffodils at the front door 😰😡..that is if I live to tell the tale 😨 . Tomorrow I am off to London checking out the decorators and hanging curtains in my other half's flat so no rest for the wicked .A nice quiet day where I could just do some painting would be nice but we don't always have the choice do we 😬😬😬#thestruggleisreal #gardenersproblems #tulips #springbulbs

My other half has a place in Blackheath.Kitchen was pretty dire but you know how it is.Just wanted to show you the new kitchen I just put in because I am so super excited ( I know, I live a VERY exciting life 😬). So clean! So new! Lovely new floor ! πŸ˜‰The man who made it happen I found on just in case you wondered .(P&R Building Services Limited in Rochester).Now I am kind of wondering if a new kitchen in my own house wouldn't be lovely..but 😬😨workman ..dust ..mmm ..not sure 😰😰😰#thestruggleisreal #buildingwork #kitchendesign

Thank you for all your "get better" wishes, it is much appreciated ❀.I am still fighting this cold or bug, but just thought to show you this πŸ’žπŸ’ž.I bought these two cushions in blue seen left from @mybeachsidestyle for my mum .. I unpacked them to try out on my own know that is fatal !! 😨😬I don't think I can part with them .Or what do you think ? Is it too cluttered now with too many cushions ? Last picture is without the extra cushions in a " before" shot ..I just might have to buy some extra for my mum 😬😬 Thoughts?? #interiorinspiration #thestruggleisreal

I am giving myself a break today as I have spent a lot of time in the garden recently , digging up weeds and planting Spring bulbs .I got about four baskets of weeds from a patch of about 1 X 1 meter 😬πŸ’ͺ.These are Narcissus "Skype" I put in, a beautiful Daffodil with a pale pink trumpet ."Planting daffodils in November".Pen and ink drawing , size about A4.#penandinkdrawing #gardeninspiration #daffodils #bulbs #peter_nyssen

It's that time of year again .so here is a poppy wreath I did last year for remembrance ..#poppies #remembranceday #lestweforget🌹 #pastels #pasteldrawing

Happy Halloween lovely people .I am celebrating with a pumpkin pie with pumpkin and chocolate by @chiarapassion .Slice, anyone ? πŸ˜‰ #enjoythesimplethings #pumpkinpie #chiarapassion #tortadizucca .Thank you for the lovely recipe, @chiarapassion , Grazie mille !

I have been taking advantage of the nice weather and been busy tidying up and digging my flowerbeds .. waiting for all my super exciting tulip bulbs to plant .I do like living on the edge πŸ˜‰"Digging in the garden" .Pen and ink and coloured ink .A4.#livingontheedge #littlestoriesofmylife #inktober #penandinkdrawing

Would you like a slice πŸ˜‰πŸŽ‚.My first apple pie in ages ..made with my own apples πŸ’ͺ❀.Grazie mille @chiarapassion for the super recipe .It's on her Instagram as "Torta di Mele" and it's super simple .Now, where is my cake slicer * rubs hands in anticipation*.#enjoythemoment #enjoythesimplethings #greatbritishbakeoff πŸ˜‰πŸŽ‚#superchuffed #chiarapassion #tortadimele #applepie

My Gawd!😬 It's not 100% it yet, and not fully " populated" but I have a website .πŸ’ͺπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ.You can see it as a link at the top of my profile ⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆. More pictures on it will follow..have a look and let me know what you think . I think I deserve that cup of tea β˜•. #art #artwork #artistsoninstagram #buildyourownwebsite #littlestoriesofmylife edit : I built this website with my own fair hands ( well..with a little bit of help of a template on )πŸ˜‰πŸ’ͺ❀

It was a lovely drawing- "Portrait of a wire haired dachshund" charcoal on paper 😒sadly not much left of it today courtesy of the Post office .#damaged #artwork #charcoaldrawing

Sent this to a friend as a house warming gift via the post office.( Wrapped safely in cardboard and bubble wrap) .She unfortunately works all the time so wasn't home to collect it and it was returned to me this morning.So sad that not only the glass in the frame was broken, but also the lovely charcoal drawing inside was ripped beyond repair .Spoke to post office via whom I sent it who said it " had nothing to do with them"! And was redirected to Parcel Force who said the post office should have told me if it's glass it doesn't get compensated, so sorry but not sorry ! What the what ?!?! Anyone know any better carriers for art work, I would be very happy to hear .#whatsgoingonhere #frompillartopost #artwork #sadface

I was planning to send a few photos to my mum I, but didn't really have a nice card to go with it, so this will have to do."Reading with Maud ".pen and ink, coloured pencil , and acrylic inks on paper.Size A4.#drawing #penandinkdrawing #inktober

Evening light in my living room .I was struck how wonderful those red gladioli looked against the old wood ( an antique cupboard of my mum which I once though hideous beyond belief 😬) #colour #flowersofinstagram #littlestoriesofmylife

When I saw this sad lurcher I just knew I had to draw him.He reminds me so much of my dog Maud, only a larger version.The same frazzled messy hair and deep soulful eyes.Maud can come and sit with me when I am a bit low and just look at me like this .You can't say dogs don't talk, they do.Just not with words."Sad lurcher". Charcoal and Pastel on lining paper .This is quite a stonking big drawing by the way .87 X 57 cm.#dogsofinstagram #lurchersofinstagram #rescuedogsofinstagram #adoptdontshop @wild_at_heart_foundation #charcoaldrawing

I just thought to do some pen and ink drawings to cheer myself up .Not sure if these spooky dying sunflowers will cheer you all up too but hey πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‰ doing my best here . This is a huge pen and ink drawing measuring 40 X 60 cm .Just found out I can do these big drawings on my kitchen table so I am rather chuffed.I always like big drawings and paintings .Not sure if this is finished but I am leaving this for now ."Dying Sunflowers".pen and ink drawing .#penandink #drawing #artwork

"Sea cave" .oil on canvas .(work in progress).It's turning out completely differently from what I planned .Maybe I will calm it all down a bit tomorrow..Thoughts ? (Or I might do a few watercolours πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‰) .#thestruggleisreal #artwork #workinprogress #oilpainting

That awkward moment when you realise that to get out of the garage window , your sister is lying in wait for you in the flowerbasket πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‰#thestruggleisreal #catsofinstagram #penandinkdrawing

I always forget how much I love doing pen and ink drawings .This is my cat Thomasina returned after a 24 HR disappearance.(The cats eat on the kitchen table by the way.Mainly because their biscuits always get snaffled by the dogs .) Thomasina is the ultimate destroyer of furniture .Yesterday she did a disappearing act after I gave her a firm talking to.Third time with her claws out raking the new sofa .Cats can be dicks sometimes ( as they say.) #notsohelpful #thewiltshiregazette #catsofinstagram #penandinkdrawing

Sometimes I just can't help myself 😬.Lots of letters and packages to send today πŸ˜‰ #snailmail #penandink #penandinkdrawing

Wonderful wine, wonderful canapΓ©s, wonderful art .Amongst other by #peterblake #robryan @robryantown #daisydevilleneuve @daisy_de_villeneuve #sallymuir @sallymuir and myself πŸ™‹πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰Lady in the fabulous sequins is the talented #nikkitibbles @nikkitibbleswildatheart whose organisation @wild_at_heart_foundation organised the Gala evening.Edit : the Wild At Heart team raised 30k with this evening πŸ™‹πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ™Œβ€ @_joshlilley

My painting in the gallery .Hope it sells ! #wildatheartfoundation #adoptdontshop @wild_at_heart_foundation #oilpainting #joshlilleygallery @_joshlilley

So happy we are home πŸ™‚πŸ˜‰β€We spent the afternoon in hospital to visit my other half's dad who had an op. (No dogs allowed 😬).#homesweethome #littlestoriesofmylife #dogsofinstagram

I walked the dogs the other day and walked past these bizarre looking sunflowers so I thought to do a pen and ink drawing of them .In real life they already looked like they had been drawn by Egon Schiele .#penandinkdrawing #drawing #artwork

Maud and I have been working hard at picture research for my new paintings and drawings .She is a very good collaborator although a tad over- enthusiastic and tends to drool a bit .She prefers dog painting subjects by the way, not surprisingly. #itsahardlife #dogsofinstagram #rescuedogsofinstagram

I am celebrating today ( with my occasional but favourite tipple, a Bloody Mary) as I have almost finished this painting.Cant believe how long it has taken me and I am really keen to start something else πŸ’š#oilpainting #artwork #100daysofpainting

I think we can safely say from the body language, that they all want to go INSIDE after our brief garden inspection tour πŸ˜‰#catsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #littlestoriesofmylife

I wanted to do a quick water colour or a charcoal , but in the end I decided to put some more time in with this one πŸ™‚πŸ’š#oilpainting #100daysofpainting

From the garden πŸ’šI fancy an apple crumble .Or maybe even a Dutch "appeltaart" 🍎🍰#september #littlestoriesofmylife

Here you can see the four stages up to now of the painting .#oilpainting #100daysofpainting

I had a few paint free days after the last painting, so sorry for the lack of posts . I didn't know if I could get the enthusiasm going again for this particular painting .And then it developed into full blown painters block and total existential angst( Is it even worthwhile painting, bladibla etc etc ) 😬😬Yep it can be quite fun being artistic.Anyhow,I decided it would in any case be a good idea to finish this as painting- whatever the subject at least it is good practicing.And not finishing a painting is even more disheartening.So I am going to finish this and got relatively far today.And tomorrow or the day after I may still decide to be the next Picasso .Whatever, right πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‰#oilpainting #paintersproblems #existentialcrisis #100daysofpainting

Just back from the framers , and off to the post office .The painting "two dogs , resting in front off a wall of flowers" , for the One Night Gala of the Wild At Heart Foundation .It's not the ornate frame I first planned, as I didn't like the frames my framer had for this idea, but quite like this too.As you can see from picture or two, it's quite a small painting but quite sweet nevertheless.#oilpainting #artwork #dogsofinstagram #rescuedogsofinstagram #wildatheartfoundation #gala @wild_at_heart_foundation @nikkitibbleswildatheart @evewahf @hancharlg

I can't even begin to tell you how enjoyable it is to be able to tidy up these beds and clip the topiary. I t has been rather neglected the last few years while I was not well .But these are four lovely beds with fabulous box balls and I am slowly unearthing them.#inmygarden #littlestoriesofmylife #boxballs #gardeninspiration