ORGANISING ART: A NEW WAY OF BROWSING

Welcome on my ‘new’ website! I have edited the organising of my art. In stead of grouping them by medium I have now chosen the much more user friendly way of organising them by size. I asked a couple of friends how they would approach a search for art in their homes. They all stated they would start with the size. For that’s something that cannot be meddled with. A blank space on a wall doesn’t magically change from 60 x 80 cm to 100 x 120 overnight. So, organising art by size. What does this mean for you?

organising art in a new way: new menu structure as of autumn 2020

ORGANISING ART BY SIZE

It means I have divided all my art into five categories: huge art, large art, medium art, small art and tiny art. They represent the following sizes:

So if you’re looking for an artwork to brighten up a certain spot in your home, you now will have a clear category to browse through.

organising art by size: huge artworks by the fran visual artist 2020

FAREWELL TO LARGE MENU TREES

With organising my art in this new way I have also said goodbye to the large tree structured menu. What does this mean for you? When you check out my menu you will now only find the five different size categories. Once you click on one of those categories you will be led to that category’s landing page. From there you can continue your quest to find your favourite artwork.

organising art by size: large artworks by the fran visual artist 2020

LANDING PAGES FOR ORGANISING ART

What will you be able to find on these landing page? Let me break it down:

  • the perks of art in that particular size
  • the different available works of art in that particular size, organised per series
  • a gallery of how that particular size art would look like on your walls
  • the specs of that particular size of artworks
  • what kind of artworks I offer within that range
  • the options of commissioning an artwork in that size
organising art by size: medium artworks by the fran visual artist 2020

UNLOCKING MY ART: MAKING IT ACCESSIBLE

My goal with this new way of organising my art is to make it as easy as possible for you to find your favourite piece of art. Because I want to unlock my whole portfolio to you in a way that is fun and sparks your curiosity. So away with tedious long lists or never ending collections of paintings. And in with a comprehensible and uncluttered overview of all my art, organised by size.

small artworks by the fran visual artist 2020

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Given that I issued these changes with you in mind I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you find it easy to browse through my art? Do you feel something is still missing? Please let me know. You can reply on this blog post, DM me on Insta or contact me through my contact form. Thank you so much for your feedback. And for now: happy art browsing!

tiny artworks by the fran visual artist 2020

HOW TO FIND YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE AS AN ARTIST

Lately I have been feeling the pressure of finding or creating my signature style as an artist. In this blog I want to elaborate on this: is it really vital to find or pursue your signature style? What are the pros and cons of a signature style? And, in case you come to the conclusion that it is vital: how do you find it?

A SIGNATURE STYLE AS AN ARTIST: IS IT VITAL?

If you’re an artist or pursue any form of creative profession these days, online marketing is vital. Or so does everyone keep telling me. It’s the one thing Martha May Ronson, Navigating the art world by Delphian Gallery and Donald Miller (StoryBrand) have in common. Something about being a brand. Or creating a brand around yourself and your work. And how vital it is to have a brand if you want to become something like remotely successful in your line of work.

Something in me feels tiresome about having to build a brand around me and my work. Or frustrated. While at the same time I’m also very much intrigued about that whole branding idea. I mean, I didn’t call myself The Fran for nothing, right?! But I still can’t get my head around it: do I want it or do I not want it? And if I don’t want to, what’s the reason? Because it better be a very good one if you believe Ronson, Delphian and Miller…

THE PROS OF HAVING A SIGNATURE STYLE

So let’s start with appointing the pros of having a signature style:

  • You and your work are being recognised by viewers and that’s how your own work becomes your best affiliate
  • People know and become convinced about why they should be buying your work
  • You automatically attract the right people (that is: if your brand suits you!)
  • You will become trustworthy as an artist and as a business: you prove you deliver quality works within a recognisable range over a longer period of time, people dig that!
  • Artistically you have a sort of base ball park from where you start. I guess that could make things easier when it comes to finding new ideas or exploring new subjects? (I cannot know this for sure, for I feel that I haven’t found my signature style yet.)
  • As an artist it makes it easier to connect with suitable galleries, shows, events, etcetera. Because you will know immediately whether or not it’s a match.

THE CONS OF HAVING A SIGNATURE STYLE

Then there’s the cons of having a signature style. I don’t know about you, but I feel very strongly about these. Most of them are questions, because I’d really like your input on these!

  • How is it possible to keep experimenting and exploring new ideas if you have to stick to your signature style?
  • I myself find the work of artists who have found their signature style often very repetitive and boring. But I don’t know whether that’s a good thing? It could also mean that I am just not the intended viewer/buyer and that everything is sorting itself out?
  • For me it feels very intangible: when do you have a signature style? What is required to call it that? Is just working with oil enough to appoint ‘oil’ as your signature? Or does it require something about the subjects or your approach as well?
  • You can’t switch once you’ve found it? Again: question mark.

Let’s leave the list for what it is. Because I’d like to elaborate my doubts with an example. In her free masterclass on how to sell your art online Ronson talks about Banksy. About how he has build a very recognisable brand around him and his work. You immediately recognise his work as his. You know his values (political satire, transience) and his style (street art, black and white drawings). And when I heard Ronson talking about Banksy it really hit me: it works! I appreciate this Banksy brand as a viewer and as an art lover. But if I were in his shoes as an artist I would probably feel very restricted and confined. Or would I?

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO ONE QUESTION

Writing and thinking about this I now feel there’s just one very clear question I have to ask myself. What is my goal? If my goal is to make money with my art I think it is very clear that I should be working on becoming a brand. If my goal is to experiment until I die than maybe becoming a brand is less important.

The thing I am super curious about is how to combine the two! Would it be possible to ‘start’ a brand around me and my work in which I feel comfortable. And to keep experimenting on the side? How would that work? And does that mean that I can’t share those experiments within my own brand? I think that if I come up with a solution for this ‘problem’ I’d have the best of both worlds. To have a profitable art business together with a challenging and inviting artistic journey for me as an artist. To combine a recognisable brand AND the opportunity to keep experimenting.

HOW TO FIND YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE

Let’s just say we’ve solved the brand versus experimenting problem and that we want nothing more than to find our signature style. How would we go about it? And although I may not be so sure about whether or not I want a signature style, I really do think I cracked the code on this one:

  1. EXPERIMENT! It’s really that simple. Just lock yourself in your studio and try everything. Follow your gut. Make the things you want to make. Explore themes, subjects, mediums, surfaces, approaches and skills.
  2. Focus on what you like to do and the results that you love. So once you’ve found something you REALLY like doing, keep doing that, because that is a clear sign. The same goes for end results. Don’t be bothered with what others think about your end results. Be your own critic: if you like what you make, than you should pursue that. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make progress or try out new ways of looking at things, but that goes without saying.
  3. Create A LOT of work. Focus on productivity. Make as many artworks as you can for about one or two years. Try not to overthink it during those years. Then after that period of time look back on it. Can you see reoccurring themes, colours, approaches or maybe find a common denominator? Ask the opinion of your peers, your fellow artists, your friends, people from outside of the art world. What do they see?
  4. If you have gathered feedback then you can try to capture all of that into three or four words. Those words can be abstract or more concrete, it’s your choice. Put them together in a way that works for you and create your own art brand around it.

MY SIGNATURE STYLE?

Let’s say I would do this. And after asking feedback I would find out people love my ink drawings more than any of my other work. My ink drawings have been called striking, vibrant and bold. Then I could choose striking, bold and ink drawings as my signature style.

Same goes for if people would love my mixed media collages above anything else. They have been called colourful, sophisticated and striking. So now I know I could choose to pursue a signature style in collages as well. But would that mean that I should focus on making collages only?

Maybe I could also choose to forgo the specific medium and focus on ‘striking’. A word I’ve heard twice now. So it must mean something right! Right?

Enough food for thought. To be continued…

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT IT?

I am very curious about how you feel about developing a signature style. Do you think it’s positive to pursue it? Or do you think it will just show itself after you put enough time and effort into your art? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

With love,

The Fran

ART MEMBERSHIP : HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF FEEL GOOD!

Dear friends: breaking news! You can now become an Art Member with my just launched Art Membership!

Becoming an Art Member means that you will:
– Surprise yourself with 4 new original artworks a year
– Start your own art collection
– And make yourself feel good

I am thrilled to offer you this fun and truly unique way of enjoying soul soothing art from home.

To learn more about the different Art Memberships and to sign up, please click the button below.

become an art member : enjoy a year full of soul soothing art & make yourself feel good. All art provided by the fran visual artist 2020

YOU WILL ENJOY ART AS CAREFREE AS POSSIBLE

Because of COVID we have all experienced the difficulties that now come with cultural activities that used to be carefree. Like visiting an art gallery or your favourite museum of modern art.

For me art is about enjoying beauty. To find yourself surprised at its wit, energy or originality. To ensure you can keep enjoying this as carefree as possible I came up with my Art Memberships.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING!


As an Art Member you don’t have to worry about anything, you will just find a new original artwork in your mailbox every new season. Starting from only €97 a year!

Start your own art collection and make yourself feel good.

ART MEMBERSHIP RECAP:

As an Art Member you will:

  • Enjoy a full year of soul soothing art
  • Don’t have to worry about COVID regulations
  • Start your own art collection within the safety of your own home
  • Collect only the art that you really love
  • Surprise yourself with new art every season
  • Feel inspired by my art the whole year round
  • Find comfort in my art, whenever you need it.

So, do yourself a favour and become an Art Member today. I am super excited about this offer and I hope to hear from you soon. I can’t wait to hear about your art preferences in terms of size, themes and colour schemes. Just click the button below and sign up. I promise it will make you feel GOOD!

And if I didn’t convince you still, browse through my portfolio to check out the awesomeness you could be collecting during your membership!

NEW ART IDEAS TO EXPERIMENT WITH

Autumn has really kicked in here in The Netherlands and that’s always the moment I get all these new art ideas to experiment with! In the short video below I tell you about them and I show you all my new sketches:

New art ideas to experiment with!

CURRENTLY WORKING ON: COLOUR STUDIES

I am currently working on my extra small colour studies in oil pastel. I started them because I really liked experimenting with this new medium. And because I wanted to try out different colour schemes in a low profile way. By cutting up old oil paintings on paper I created A5 sized ‘primed’ oil pastel paper to work on. My approach is to make four different colour studies of one composition. The compositions I’ve made are inspired by my trip to Morocco in 2016 and the film The Best Exotic Marigold hotel.

Another idea behind these extra small colour studies was that I could find out what colours I use all the time and what colours I use rarely. The reason I wanted to find out was because I knew I want to switch to more expensive oil pastels in the future. And by finding out what colours suit me I can buy them more mindfully.

But while I was working on these small studies new art ideas crept into my mind. I wanted to work on larger works again! Let me tell you: that’s the best feeling ever!

new art ideas extra small colour studies by the fran visual artist
Small colour studies
new art ideas extra small colour studies by the fran visual artist
Oil pastels on primed paper, A5
new art ideas extra small colour studies by the fran visual artist
One composition in different colour schemes

NEW ART IDEAS: SHETLAND PAINTINGS

The first new art idea came to me while watching Shetland, the BBC television series about D.I. Jimmy Perez on Shetland. I was totally enthralled by it (‘by him’ should be a statement a little closer to the truth, but hey, I am running an art business here, not an online dating website…). The seascapes, rock formations, island views from the sea. All those views were just breathtakingly beautiful.

And even though I am not a very big fan of great landscape or seascape paintings (…. work being the exception) I wanted nothing more than to paint them. So I started sketching while watching and I came up with a couple of ideas.

You can see the sketches in the video!

NEW ART IDEAS: ‘COSY CORNERS’

This idea actually isn’t as new as the other ones. I have been dreaming of painting ‘cosy corners’ since the worldwide pandemic. Maybe because we were forced to stay home, maybe because I wanted to show my love for those places in my own home. Sitting next to a window, underneath a large plant, watching the weather and the trees outside is my kind of happiness.

But back in March I didn’t think it original enough. I am always influenced by Henri Matisse, but this idea felt like straight from his mind or something. But it’s September now and the idea is still creeping back into my head every week. So I decided to surrender. Cosy corners, here I come!

Some base layers in oil
A3 sized backgrounds
Oil paint thinned with white spirit

NEW ART IDEAS: KITCHEN CORNERS WITH FOOD

Another idea, closely linked to those cosy corners is my wish to paint a series of kitchen corners with food. I have always had a fetish for food (I once had a food blog for about 3 years). I really love good food photography. So when I started scrolling through the old pictures I took for my food blog I was like: this is a goldmine!

So this is also definitely happening: a series of kitchen corners with cabinets, kitchen tables, jars with marmalade, home made lemonade and piles of pancakes! Can’t wait to paint these!

The first fifteen backgrounds on my studio floor. I’ve made 12 more since then but I don’t have any pictures yet.

AND NOW WHAT?

It’s been a while since I had this many ideas for new paintings! So I got a little bit confused about how to act… Bob said: just go with the flow. Work on all those ideas at once and let the work guide you. There is no deadline, there are no expectations. Just immerse yourself and enjoy it. Good advice. To be continued!

FOLLOW MY PROGRESS

In the meantime you can follow my progress on Instagram @art.bythefran or on my YouTube Channel The Fran Zone.

ART CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE – LET IT!

What would you say if I told you art can change your life for the better?

If you had told me this let’s say 10 years ago I would have frowned and probably made fun of you. Because I grew up in a family where art and creativity were merely small accessories to life. Not something to bother yourself with on a daily basis.

On top of that I had a really weird aunt who took me to the most boring museums you can ever think of as a child. So in stead of taking us to the pool during a heat wave, she dragged us through an open air museum. Leaving me and my sister wondering about whatever we did wrong to deserve that…

Long story short: me and art, it wasn’t a love at first sight.

But art didn’t give up on me. And one sunny day in spring 2010 it changed my life. Just like that.

THE DAY ART CHANGED MY LIFE

I visited the ‘From Matisse to Malevich’ exhibition at the Amsterdam Hermitage. It showed the developments in modern art from 1900-1930.

I saw Red Room by Matisse, I saw Woman in a Black Hat by Van Dongen, I saw Spring by Rouault.

And then there was Picasso.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Just Picasso, his women, and me. Experiencing the true soul elevating power of art.

There was no future, no past, only the artwork in the present. It connected me to the soul of art and the power of perspective. It was an invitation to look beyond, to be beyond.

That was it. That day art changed my life. My heart knew that day what my mind needed another 10 years to figure out: art is my purpose.

ART CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE AS WELL

Art can also change your life. If you let it, it can capture you in the present moment. Letting all the worries about the past and the stress about the future disappear in an instant.

Art can connect you to the power of beauty and to your immense creative potential. And by doing so art will make you capable of not only making a difference in your own life but also on the grand scale of things.

Art is going to change the world.
Through you, through me, through us.

My heart knew that already on that sunny day in spring back in 2010. And now my mind and body are on board, ready to do the work.

What about your heart?

art can change your life - let it! how art became my purpose. by the fran, visual artist

XXL MIXED MEDIA COLLAGES: SPROUTING PARADISE

The mixed media collage series in my art studio are taking over! My newest series, Sprouting Paradise is a collection of nine xxl mixed media collages. My followers on Instagram came up with several ideas for naming this series. I combined ‘Colourful Paradise’ and ‘Colour sprouts’ and named them Sprouting Paradise.

sprouting paradise new xxl mixed media collage series of artworks by the fran 2020 art in the making
sprouting paradise new xxl mixed media collage series of artworks by the fran 2020
sprouting paradise new xxl mixed media collage series of artworks by the fran 2020

These collages are made with old and new artworks. Back in 2017 I made a couple of autumn inspired xxl acrylic paintings on paper. And they were just lying there ever since. In 2018 I made preliminary studies in ink before starting on the Majorelle paintings. These ink drawings were also just lying there.

So I decided to cut up the whole bunch and made them into xxl mixed media collages. I added a few new botanical shapes as well, inspired by the Tucson series. And then I just got started.

SPROUTING PARADISE IN THE MAKING

During the making of these xxl mixed media collages I made a couple of ‘art in the making’ videos for you. This way you can see my art process in more detail.

First video: making compositions

Second video: my gluing tactics the compositions

Usually you only see the result, but I just wanted you to show how many other artworks there always are before the end result. First edition artworks get discarded, changed, discarded again, etc. The cactus collage is a very good example of this process. Below I’ve posted all its stages for you so you can watch it evolve into its current form.

Initial shapes and colours

sprouting paradise xxl mixed media collage by the fran 2020
Third composition: less chaos but still not satisfied.

Sixth and final composition.
sprouting paradise xxl mixed media collage by the fran 2020
First composition. Wasn’t bad but the surroundings better suited another botanical shape.
Fourth composition: liked the third one better, but lets try…

sprouting paradise xxl mixed media collage by the fran 2020
Mission accomplished!
Second composition: total chaos.
Fifth composition: still nothing. That’s when I threw everything out except for the two cactus shapes.

SPECS OF XXL MIXED MEDIA COLLAGES

These Sprouting Paradise collages are all 42 x 59.4 cm (A2). They come signed and unframed. Since I’ve just finished them these aren’t listed in my shop yet, but I’m working on that, so stay tuned.

YOUR TURN:

What do you think of these new mixed media collages? What do they remind you of / would be your name suggestion? Would love to hear from you in the comments!

If you like these you might also like my Happy Habits series and/or my New & Familiar artwork.

ART IN ISOLATION : FOUR WAYS TO ENJOY ART WHILE IN CORONA ISOLATION

The corona isolation measures are still in effect. So I thought I’d give you four ways of enjoying art from your living room. Because sometimes the best inspiration can be found close to home. Or at home in this instance. So here they are: four ways to enjoy art in isolation:

1: ENJOY ONLINE ART IN ISOLATION

The ways of enjoying art online are numerous! Let me give you a few:

Several museums have put their current exhibitions online for the public to enjoy. Rijksmuseum of course has a very large online collection. But also for instance Rijksmuseum Twenthe has made a digital exhibit of their current Picasso and Matisse. Beauty is a line. Just browse your favourite museum’s website and check out what kind of digital art they are offering. And enjoy it from your living room.

Follow some artsy social media accounts. Instagram and Pinterest are the best platforms in this case, because these are primarily visual platforms. Instagram is full of amazingly talented artist. You can find artists by theme. For instance: abstract, colourful, modern, portraits, landscapes, botanical, etc. Or find them by material. For instance: watercolour, oil paint, ceramics, wool, fabrics, fluid acrylic, flowers. Or start by following one of your favourite artists. The Instagram algorithm will then lead you to other similar accounts. The same goes for Pinterest.

Some of my favourite Instagram accounts are:

@redrubyrose
@molesworthandbird
@karenbuntingdesign
@r.o.b.e.r.t.d.e.g.a.r.d.e
@kaprosh.art
@westcoastweaversskye
@studioglashelder
@meikejanssens.be
@afterhourspottery
@the_art_kroep
@coraverhagen
@josworms
@gertdemulder
@shilasdair_yarns
@jhon.yalanda

enjoy art in isolation: online art instagram accounts red ruby rose
Red Ruby Rose

2. ENJOY ART BOOKS

Maybe you have your own art books to browse. Maybe you can join your local library. Or maybe you can organise a small local library in your neighbourhood. I live in a very large apartment building and last week there where suddenly laying books all over the bench on the ground floor. What happened? One of my neighbours just started a ‘building’ library. I then joined her and before I knew I had the best books in town!

And just in case your local library is closed: many libraries offer their e-books for free right now! So be sure to check it out on their website. Also a very nice way of keeping your children occupied.

enjoy art in isolation online: molesworth and bird in the uk
Molesworth & Bird

3. ENJOY ART MOVIES

I think you already know where I am going with this: Netflix (and chill > if you’re done with art then that’s the first thing I’d recommend during isolation, but never mind). Some of the best art movies now on Netflix are:

The Danish Girl
Walt before Mickey
Velvet Buzzsaw
House of Z
Marie Antoinette
Bowie: the man who changed the world
Shirkers
Ai Weiwei: never sorry
Beltrachhi: the art of forgery
Abstract: the art of design
The 100 years show

enjoy art in isolation: westcoast weavers on the isle of skye
Westcoast Weavers

4. ENJOY ART FACTS

Like I always say: Wikipedia is your friend! Especially if you can read a little English. Because the English version is wayyyy more extensive than the Dutch version. Or the French, or the Spanish, for that matter. So, go to Wikipedia. Just start at the page of your favourite artist and let yourself be dragged into the heavenly deep crypts of Wikipedia knowledge. This way of enjoying art in isolation is definitely on top of my list. Before I know it my whole evening is goooone.

ENJOY ART IN ISOLATION

I hope you find these tips useful. Very soon I will also share some tips of being and getting creative in isolation. But for now I am off to Wikipedia. And I never know how long that is going to take…

AND NOW IT’S YOUR TURN:

Which tip do you find the most helpful and are you going to use in the next couple of weeks? Let me know in the comments! Also, if you have yet another way of enjoying art in isolation, please let me know. It takes my ass off

HORTUS MAGAZINE X THE FRAN ZONE

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. And I wish you a very happy, creative, and colourful 2020! My holiday started the best way imaginable when I found the Hortus Magazine in my mailbox with my very first editorial!

The Hortus Magazine is only printed for friends of the Hortus. But I got you covered! You can read the article here in English (scroll down for Dutch version).

You might also like ‘Hortus by Night Autumn collection’

hortus magazine 2019 the fran zone editorial

Hortus Magazine editorial

Our garden is an inspiration to many of our visitors. We are of course very proud of that. Last fall Francine Orsel surprised us. She created something beautiful and wanted to give the Hortus something back. Read her story here:

“I am Francine Orsel, or The Fran. I paint and draw energetic, organic patterns and print them on scarves, pillows and fabrics. This way I create a colorful, relaxed, botanical universe. My most important source of inspiration are botanical gardens worldwide. Visiting a botanical garden has been a constant in my vacations for years. Through the years I was lucky enough to visit the gardens in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Logan, Berlin, Caen, Marrakesh and Barcelona.

It may sound like an exaggeration, but my ideal world is a botanical garden. Where every plant, every tree gets the perfect amount of space and attention to become the best version of itself. Where it can grow in good soil. And where the growth and flowering of one does not stand in the way of the other. That is what I wish for people – and women in particular: to grow into the best version of yourself. Are you a rhododendron? Then don’t be pruned back to a narrow back garden variant, but take up your space just like the rhododendrons in Logan and bloom all the way!

My colorful scarves and pillows with botanical patterns are like an invitation: take good care of yourself. Treat yourself on a place that suits you and surround yourself with the relaxed atmosphere of botanical colors and shapes. The Hortus by Night scarves also add the fairy-tale-like aspect of mysteriously lit plants and trees. To remind every woman: in a different light there are so many beautiful things to discover!

Hortus by Night winter collection 2019 the fran zone

Sponsorship

Last winter’s Hortus by Night gave me a lot of inspiration for my work. Within three months of my visit my art studio was filled with twelve new paintings. These paintings are the basis of the scarf and pillow designs from my fall / winter collection.

I am very fond of the Hortus. It is the first botanical garden that I have ever visited and old love is not forgotten. So when I read about the renovation of the Three-climate greenhouse, I wanted to contribute to that. That is why I came up with a sponsor campaign: for every Hortus by Night scarf sold, I donate 20 euros to the Three-climate greenhouse. I donate 10 euros for each Hortus by Night cushion sold.”

You might also like: Giant Bamboo design, the bestseller of the season

Become a friend yourself

If you are a botanical garden lover like me, you can become a friend of the Hortus. Or of another botanical garden near you for that matter. Supporting them is a great way to uphold botanical diversity and education about the world of nature.

Or you can order a Hortus by Night scarf or cushion. Check out the autumn collection and the winter collection.

Hortus Magazine artikel Nederlands

Regelmatig laten bezoekers ons weten hoe geïnspireerd ze raken door onze tuin en collectie. Uiteraard zijn wij apetrots als we dat horen. In het najaar van 2019 werden we verrast door Francine Orsel, die de Hortus iets moois wilde teruggeven. Ze vertel zelf haar verhaal.

Ik ben Francine Orsel, oftewel The Fran. Ik schilder en teken energieke, organische patronen die ik laat printen op sjaals, kussens en stoffen. Op die manier creëer ik een kleurrijk, ontspannen, botanisch universum.

Mijn belangrijkste inspiratiebron zijn botanische tuinen wereldwijd. Het is al jaren vaste prik; als we ergens op vakantie zijn en er is een botanische tuin in de buurt, dan moet en zal ik die bezoeken. Zo heb ik al het geluk gehad de tuinen in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Logan, Berlijn, Caen, Marrakesh en Barcelona te kunnen bekijken.

You might also like: Silver Fir design – the Fran’s favourite 🙂

Mijn ideale wereld is een botanische tuin

Het klinkt misschien overdreven, maar mijn ideale wereld is een botanische tuin. Waar elke plant, elke boom de ruimte en aandacht krijgt om de beste versie van zichzelf te worden. Om te groeien in goede grond. En waar de groei en bloei van de één die van de ander niet in de weg staat. Dat is wat ik mensen – en vrouwen in het bijzonder – ook toewens. Om te groeien tot de beste versie van jezelf. Ben je een rhododendron? Laat je dan niet terugsnoeien naar een smalle achtertuinvariant, maar neem net als de rhododendrons in Logan je ruimte in en bloei tot grote hoogte!

Mijn kleurrijke sjaals (maar ook de kussens) met botanische patronen zijn daarvoor de uitnodiging: zorg goed voor jezelf, trakteer jezelf op een plek waar jij tot je recht komt en omring jezelf met de ontspannen sfeer van botanische kleuren en vormen. De Hortus by Night sjaals voegen daar nog het sprookjesachtige aspect van mysterieus verlichte planten en bomen aan toe. Om iedere vrouw eraan te herinneren: in een ander licht zijn er zoveel mooie dingen te ontdekken!

hortus by night autumn collection 2019 the fran zone

Sponsoractie

De Hortus by Night van afgelopen winter heeft mij enorm veel inspiratie opgeleverd voor mijn werk: binnen drie maanden na het bezoek stonden er twaalf schilderijen te drogen. Die schilderijen zijn de basis van de sjaal- en kussensdessins van mijn herfst/winter-collectie.

Het moge duidelijk zijn: ik draag de Hortus een heel warm hart toe. Het is de eerste botanische tuin die ik ooit bezocht en oude liefde roest niet. Dus toen ik las over de vernieuwing van de Drieklimatenkas wilde ik daar graag aan bijdragen. Daarom heb ik een sponsoractie bedacht: van elke verkochte Hortus by Night-sjaal doneer ik 20 euro aan de Drieklimatenkas. Van elk verkocht Hortus by Night-kussen doneer ik 10 euro.

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CHRISTMAS THANK YOU

Just because I am so very happy for you being here and following my journey I decided to write something of a Christmas thank you to all of you. Below you will find a small but special Christmas present that I have made for you.

Thank you for appreciating my art.

Thank you for commenting on my blogs and pictures.

Thank you for following me here or elsewhere online.

Thank you for making my art part of your life.

Thank you for supporting me.

Thank you for showing up at events, in real life, in heart warming comments and likes.

Thank you for inspiring me to be brave and continue to share my art.

Thank you for being here. My 2019 was the better for it.

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francine orsel the fran 2019 christmas thank you

MINERAL ARTWORK CHRISTMAS DOWNLOAD

To thank you I have made a free Christmas download from one of my recent mineral artworks. It’s high resolution so you’ll be able to print it and it’ll look like the real thing! Download here.

Minerals stand for grounding. For a steady foundation on which you’ll be able to build all your endeavors in the new year. And that’s what I wish for you. A firm base from which you will be able to explore new ways, new creative outings and adventures.

PRINTING THE CHRISTMAS THANK YOU ARTWORK

If you’d like to print the Christmas artwork I have made for you, please note that I’ve made it high resolution. (So called 150DPI if you’re an image pro). The original artwork is 12.5 x 21 cm. So if you are going to print it it will not cover the entire A4 page and that’s okay.

I made it for you to print and hang on your wall. Or to print and gift as a Christmas present to a very special friend. You could choose to print it on professional art paper to get the real thing going for you. I’d even encourage you to make it into a greeting card and send it to someone you love. The only thing I ask you not to do is to print it and then sell it.

SWITCH TO ENGLISH: THE REAL REASON

Last month I decided to switched from Dutch to English in The Fran-communication. I didn’t know exactly why I wanted to switch to English. But by now I’ve learned to just go with my gut. And find out the real reason later. Well, I’ve just found out the real reason!

SCOTLAND BASED ARTIST

In Bettyhill on my birthday 23 October 2017
In Bettyhill on my birthday 23 October 2017. We travelled the North Coast 500 route.

My ultimate dream is to be a Scotland based artist. To live somewhere in the northwestern Highlands or on the Isle of Skye. Although I may not be very vocal about this, it is a very real dream and seriously close to my heart. And this week it finally hit me: that’s the real reason I wanted to switch to English!

I am not living in Scotland yet. I am not painting and creating in Scotland yet. But I might as well talk and write as if I am in Scotland. Because right now it’s actually the only way I am able to show that dream to the outside world: by talking about it. Writing about it. Sharing my dream. The more people are aware of our dream (because it’s not just me, Bob also longs to live in Scotland) the more possibilities there will be eventually.

the real reason for my switch to English: my favourite place on earth: the walled garden of applecross
My favourite place on earth also just happens to be in Scotland: the walled garden of Applecross

HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

Three years ago in 2016 when Bob and I just met we started dating to get to know each other better. On our first date we went for drinks. And it was during that first cup of coffee together that he very casually said: ‘I’d love to live in Scotland one day.’ And I was like ‘What? You don’t say!’

Back in 2014 I went to Scotland for the very first time. I was asked by my brother to accompany him on an autumn trip to Aberdeen. He was just dumped by his Scottish girlfriend who studied in Aberdeen but he had already bought a ticket to visit her. And I was like: awesome! But I don’t want to spend a whole week in Aberdeen, let’s rent a car and go on a Scotland road trip!

And during that road trip my life sort of changed. Yeah I know it sounds awfully cliche and cheesy, but it just did. I saw mountains for the very first time. And raw untouched wild nature. And I don’t know but something just shifted. As we were cruising through the Glen Coe I felt more at home then I had ever felt. I was like: this is it. This is my homeland.

At Loch Ness during our road trip through Scotland in 2014. switch to english
Me at Loch Ness during the Scotland road trip with my brother back in 2014.

SWITCH TO ENGLISH: A SHARED DREAM

So there I was, sipping my coffee on that first date with Bob. And suddenly the man says he wants to live in Scotland one day. I think it was that moment that I decided it would be a very good idea to fall madly in love with him. As did he. And the rest is history 🙂 We fell in love, we got together, we got married. And with every step we took, we had this one shared dream that we took with us: one day we will live in Scotland.

Cup of coffee in Torridon switch to english
Cup of coffee in Torridon 2017

So there you have it. The real reason I switched to English. And the real reason I started my own creative business as well. Because to be able to build a life in Scotland I needed a way of making a living for myself. Regardless my location.

the first cup of coffee during our honeymoon on the Isle of Skye 2018
the real reason from my switch to English
The first cup of coffee during our honeymoon on the Isle of Skye 2018

‘I DON’T LIKE THE SWITCH TO ENGLISH’

Of course it’s a shame if you felt left behind because of my switch to English. Then again I really do feel we don’t need to speak the same language for you to enjoy my work. The majority of my art and work is mostly visual. It is made for you to see, to feel and to experience. So it has nothing to do with a particular language. My art speaks it’s own language. I really believe you can enjoy and appreciate my art even if you don’t understand a word of what I’m saying. If I wanted to speak to you through words I’d have become a writer. But I became an artist. My artworks are my words.

Love you, talk to you later! About why Scotland is my homeland for instance 🙂

Mallaig seen from the Isle of Skye
Mallaig seen from the Isle of Skye, 2018.