Beertje Vonk (Bea)

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Dutch artist living in Wiltshire, UK. Pen and ink drawings ,watercolours, pastels and oils.Email me through the website for enquiries

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Lighting a candle for Conrad,( Instagram is @thatcatconrad ) the floofiest most amazing cat in the world .Peace be with you little man πŸ’”πŸ•―πŸˆ#candleforcon #kcforever #rip

You just got to love Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, don't you .This sweet little feller , Mungo ,is going on a card to @johncarterlondon who bought my oil sketch last week.He was so generous to me that I thought to include a little portrait of Mungo with the oil sketch ❀#cavalierkingcharlesspaniel #cavaliersofinstagram #penaninkdrawing

19.00 hrs GMT πŸ’”πŸˆπŸ•―#candleforcon #kcforever Lighting a candle to celebrate and in memory of Conrad @thatcatconrad

When one of our furry companions leaves our lives, more people then not ,feel as sad as when a member of the family has passed away.Our Instagram family mourns today ,all over the world , the passing of a unique cat, @thatcatconrad .Conrad and his parents, Ben and Rachel, gave us so many smiles and giggles as he meowed/ gargled his way through our lives, with cray cray antics, pigeon patrols and extreme sleeps in his fluffy MC Hammer pantaloons .The outpouring of grief and sadness since Con was struck down at a tragically young age and killed instantly last Saturday is a miracle of Instagram connect- ness and love at its most unique.But then Conny was an extremely unique cat , and so are his pawrents.I wish Ben and Rachel so much strenght .Tonight I will join them in lighting a candle for Conny at 7pm GMT.Please join us if you can πŸ’”#candleforcon #kcforever #penaninkdrawing πŸ•―πŸŒπŸ•―πŸ•―πŸ•―πŸŒπŸ•―πŸˆπŸ•―πŸ•―πŸ•―πŸŒπŸ•―πŸ•―πŸ•―πŸ•―

After a whole day of cooking ( and yesterday too) I am ready for my glass of champagne .Home baked soda bread to go with the cream of celery soup with poached egg ( recipe Tom Kerridge).#champagne #cooking #littlestoriesofmylife

We are having some friends over tomorrow so no artwork today .I love cooking probably almost as much as painting.I have decided on cream of celery soup with poached egg and home made soda bread, duck confit with red braised cabbage , and walnut tart with ice-cream . I am making some things a day in advance so it's not too much work on one day . I will never forget my former sis in law who had a lot of entertaining to do in the eighties when her husband worked at J.Walter Thompson."By the time you have planned the menu,done the shopping, cooked the food, and set the table,you are so tired you just want to KILL them when the doorbell rings" she used to say about her guests".πŸ˜΅πŸ˜‰πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜¬πŸ˜¬.Next up on my list tonight is making the braised red cabbage and hopefully the celery soup .Recipes from Tom Kerridge( soup), Andy Waters ( Duck confit) and Delicious Magazine ( walnut tart). #cooking #walnuttart #duckconfit #littlestoriesofmylife

Per popular request, I have had some beautiful prints made of my winter scenes, both in A3 and A4.They are very reasonably priced, Β£18,- ( approx $24,- ) plus postage for A4, and at Β£24,- (approx.$33,- ) plus postage for A3.I will leave a link to the shop at the top of my page ⬆⬆⬆⬆#prints #penaninkdrawing #watercolour #artwork #artprint The prints are sold unframed .

Update : SOLD ."Tilda amongst flowers" progress shot .Oil on canvas board .Size A4.#oilsketch #oilpainting

"Tilda amongst flowers".Oil sketch A4.RESERVED. I am planning to make this into a loosely painted oil painting .Then I was totally knocked off my stride this afternoon.And didn' t finish the painting ..One of my favourite cats on Instagram, Conrad , ( @thatcatconrad ) it turns out was killed yesterday on the road .My heart breaks for his cat parents .I know how it feels as I myself lost two cats on the road .Please, people, be careful and drive slowly when you are in in a built up area .You will never forgive yourself if you hit someone's beloved cat or dog .#oilsketch #conradthecat #roadsafety #catsofinstagram

Relatively chuffed with my recent work πŸ˜‰β€. I had some people on my Beertje Vonk Artist Facebook page ask, if I would consider getting prints done as they liked the skating and ice scenes so much .I normally get work scanned anyway so I may get some prints done in the coming week or so.I will let you know , in case you are interested.It will be on my Etsy shop and if I have it done, I will put the link for the shop at the top of my account .πŸ™‚β€β€β¬†β¬†β¬†β¬†#artwork #prints #penandinkdrawing

Before I got ill , three years ago, I had started my own business after I had been made redundant.I am not sure why ,- but I decided cushions and stuff like this ( hand embroidered AGA covers ) was the way forward 😬😬.I look back with fondness but the truth is .. I hate embroidery and making stuff from fabric .And when I was told I had breast cancer, I thought to myself "OK, I might die ..what would I like to be remembered for paintings ....or hand embroidered AGA covers ".And I knew the answer was ... Definitely NOT AGA covers .So I started drawing again the moment I had my diagnosis. I had kept on drawing so I feel quite confident and at ease with that, but my painting days had dwindled.So I hope to do some painting now ..ideally every day .#liveinthemoment #littlestoriesofmylife #handembroidered

On my new adventure , painting loosely.These are just fun exercises for myself ."Buddhist monk with prayer beads ".Oil on canvas board .Size A4.Not sure if this is awful but it's much better than it was halfway through 😬😬.Inspired by the amazing life at the Kiyomizu- details temple in Japan, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the world .#oilsketch #oilpainting #paintingexercise #buddhist #chiaroscuro

I am trying to keep the spontaneity of my water colours and translate that same quality into oilpaint .. relatively pleased with this short sketch ."Two pointers" oil on canvas board.Size A4.Would like to thank @kevinbeilfussart for the inspiration..made my own blending stump and sketched with diluted oil paint .#oilpainting #oilsketch #pointersofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #artwork #quicksketch

Holland is not only full of canals with amazingly old merchants houses but also of newly built neighbourhoods ( and huge ponds) as many houses were needed after the war because of the housing shortages.I lived with my parents in the beautiful old centre of Amsterdam but in the fifties and sixties those cute houses you now see beautifully done up, were practically derelict and the house we lived in was declared unfit for human habitation, that is how bad it was.Many people moved if they could , and we did too, first to a newly built part of Amsterdam, and then later to the North, in Groningen.And it's there that I really did an amazing amount of skating on the huge ponds in the cities parks ❀"Skating on the pond " .pen and ink and watercolor.A4.#glasspen #penaninkdrawing

My mum used to have a list for Christmas cards , of people she would always write to .And we would never get cards back from the people on the list ( they might have moved or worse!) But we would always get lots of cards ..from people who were not on the list ..and whom we never wrote to.I asked my mum once if it wouldn't make more sense to wait till people wrote and then send a card back so at least the system would work - but she stuck to her list ( of possibly dead people!) Today I am catching up on people that I still have to write a card to .So some of you might still get a card .But better late than never, right πŸ™‚πŸ˜¬"Skating in Central Park".pen and ink and watercolor.A4 .#newyear #newyearsgreetings #penandinkdrawing #glasspen

Whatever you do this year, be kind to yourself .And try to be a light to other people .My first new years offering to you, a bit of a strange one maybe .Just a card to use as a thank you note for my Buddhist nun sister in law ( you don't come across a lot of Buddhist cards where I am 😬).She gave me this strange glass pen , it really does work .I know this is not the best I can do but I am trying to be kind to myself as well.And I am glad I am in the saddle again after all the Christmas palaver.I know she will love this card and that's what matters . πŸ˜‰#bekind #newyearnewyou "Buddhist monk at contemplation".Pen and ink and calligraphy brush .Size A4

Woke up to a winter wonderland this morning ❄❀#winter #wiltshire #igerswiltshire

My nine most liked of 2017.It seems you seem to like my charcoal drawings, and my more traditional watercolours πŸ™‚β€#artwork #charcoaldrawing #watercolour

I had no idea an Amaryllis could get so enormous ( first time for me ).Only yesterday it started to open and some messy paper decoration was hanging off it which I tried to pull off . I realised all of a sudden those were the stamens just in time 😬😬.Today the throat of the flower has coloured itself pale green , and the stamens are very elegantly curled .It's just surprising to witness if you have never seen it .#christmas #christmasflowers #amaryllis

Maybe the best fun I had on holidays was when I used to go skiing with my then boyfriend and my parents way back when I was at art school.My poor dad got the instruction by my mum that he had to book a ski holiday for Christmas and the New Year. We were all outraged when he told us, it was right opposite the station in Innsbruck.The noise! How could he!How stupid!As it turned out it was probably the best hotel I stayed in, in my life .And it had just about triple glazing.It is now called the Grand Hotel Europa in Innsbruck.And the skiing was superb.#winter #winterholidays #christmas #skiing #penaninkdrawing

I spent quite a few fantastic Christmasses in Germany as a child , with my parents , staying with German friends and their children .The best fun was tobogganing down the snowy slopes there .Exciting and frightening at the same time .The German that I learned has stood me in good stead in finding jobs and I still have lots of German friends because of it .And a huge love of stollen.The grandmother of the children I played with baked the most wonderful stollen of which there stood a huge plate in the central hall.Obviously between running around in the snow and playing indoors we must have eaten tons of the stuff . I still bake my own Stollen ( if I have the energy ) almost every year .And remember the wonderful German Christmasses .This scene reminds me so much of it ."Tobogganing in the snow".pen and ink and watercolor .#christmas #toboggan #snowy #penaninkdrawing

We have lift off πŸ˜‰The Christmas tree is done ...I repeat, the Christmas tree is done πŸ˜¨πŸ˜‰β„πŸŽ„#thestruggleisreal #christmastree

I am working on this today , nothing like tobogganing when there is plenty of snow .We are off to get our Christmas tree so I will post more later, as I am planning to add some colour πŸ‘β€#penaninkdrawing #winter #toboggan #sleigh

If you still don't know what to buy your loved ones for Christmas, maybe a nice artwork is the answer .This painting, donated and painted by myself ,is on the @wild_at_heart_foundation website under "Art Gallery" and all profits go to the Wild At Heart Foundation , caring for homeless dogs all over the world .#adoptdontshop #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescueismyfavoritebreed #artwork #oilpainting #artistsoninstagram

Not really a wintery scene but as most snow has disappeared I found it a bit silly to do a wintery scene, so here is one of my Christmassy fireplace from last year .I loved what @benpentreath did for @houseandgardenuk , just some Staffordshire spaniels, holly, and lemons . I might do the same this year, but with all the cards to write and presents to pack and send, I am presently suffering from "Christmas fatigue" πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‰ so it might take some time ."My fireplace at Christmas".watercolour .Size A4.#watercolor #watercolourpainting #artwork #christmas #littlestoriesofmylife #thestruggleisreal

I am off posting Christmas cards and parcels in my new coat πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰but thought to let you know I have a new profile photo β¬†β¬†β¬†πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰as I have more hair .Big big deal as I lost it all and then had practically nothing, so cold! ❄❄Later lovely people 😘#littlestoriesofmylife

Some cheerful winter scenes for you ."Ice skating on the canal". Watercolour and pen and ink.A4 ..I have decided to try and do some wintry scene every day as a pen an ink and watercolor , and here is your first one.The best of times I have had with my dad , usually a grumpy and unpredictable arty type, was skating together on the canals and rivers in Holland .As you probably know Holland is full of dykes and streams, and I can't begin to tell you how much fun it is to just put your skates on and skate away on a sunny snowy day ❄❄#winter #littlestoriesofmylife #artwork #penaninkdrawing #watercolour

After all the gardening and doing up my other half's flat, my work room had started to look a bit like Francis Bacon his studio 😨😨😨So this is now a little bit more enticing to work in .Found things back from last year I didn't know I still had 😬😬 Let's just say I am not the tidiest of people 😬#littlestoriesofmylife #thestruggleisreal

Just a random cat picture to cheer you up πŸ˜‰.I used to write a blog called "Modern Country Lady " which is still around , and I just had a look at some of the December entries.It was full of craft projects and pictures of my cats 😬😬Some of these pictures I actually don't have anymore, as they were saved on an old computer that is now no more .Here is my wonderful tomcat Gibson who lived to be 16 , and Thomasina as a little kitten , helping me with some upholstery.#notsohelpful #catsofinstagram #interiorinspiration

Just framed this study of fir trees which I did last year .For now I am going to give it a temporary place in my kitchen . I have been so busy with doing up the other half's flat and getting all my Spring bulbs in ,that I have neglected my art a bit, but I must admit it's good to take a break sometimes .#artwork #charcoaldrawing #firtrees #christmastree

A change is as good as a rest so I thought to cheer myself up with some drawing .Whenever I start digging in the garden, I have the company of my resident robin .He is super interested in whatever I do in the garden which cheers me op no end .Whenever I put spade to ground, you can bet within a few minutes you hear " frrrrt" as his little wings make their way to wherever I am and then a quick " preet" as if to say" Reporting for duty, sir!" .❀❀#wildlife #robin #myfriendrobin #gardening #bulbs #bulbplanting #drawing #penaninkdrawing #colouredink #thewiltshiregazette

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