Watchlist April

1. The marriage story (2019) 2. Unorthodox (2020) 3. Valhalla murders (2020, original version) ...

Fenne Kustermans, Illustrations and photography, Nordic inspiration Sweden, www.Fenne.be

Spring is here, is it?

Only a few weeks ago I was still playing with the ice in that first warm sun of the new year. The movement of melting ice floating on the deep...

Body play, yoga in nature, Sweden, Fenne Kustermans artist, flexibility and art, www.Fenne.be

Body Play

Body play. Looking for some upside down inside out bending and balance the other way. Eating the dust too sometimes and that’s okay 😄...

Tetra pack printing, printing at home, re-using, lockdown, art blog, www.Fenne.be

Tetra pack printing

It's fun, easy, cheaper than printing with plastic or copper and I really like the dirty effect + I won't be able to get new art materials any time soon...

Reading in April

1. Spinfluence. 2. The printmaking ideas book, Frances Stanfield and Lucy McGeown 3. Chomsky: Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism 4....

Corona quarantine, week 1

It's been a week since my home country, Belgium, went in lockdown. Highways are empty, schools and bars closed and people collected toilet paper for 25 years of loose motions...

33artists in 3 acts, Sarah Thornton

Reading in March

- Ons creatieve brein, hoe mens en wereld elkaar maken. By Dick Swaab. (it wasn't finished yet) - Wat is een Kunstenaar/ 33 artists in 3 acts by Sarah Thornton ...

Watchlist March

  -Matthias Steiner's emotional weightlifting gold in the 2008 Beijing. -Ludovico Einaudi - "Elegy for the Arctic" - The movies that made us (Home Alone) - Pandemic (Netflix) - Freud (watched 1 episode and not...

Fenne Kustermans, moleskine sketchbook, Sweden, konstnÀr, illustrator, www.Fenne.be

Inside my sketchbook

Drawing out loud, doodling and getting ideas quickly onto paper before they disappear (and maybe never return!) This one above is a page with sketches for 'The Happiness Factory' a series...

Fenne Kustermans, art blog, mental mastery practice, staying focused at creative work, www.Fenne.be

Popping sugar brain

I love chocolate. All chocolate, I thought, until one day I took a bite of an easter egg only to discover a horrendous feeling on my tongue, going all the...

The Old + the New, scanning negatives to use as overlays for digital photography, creative photography, www.Fenne.be

The old + the new

All the things I've learned to avoid as a photographer: dusty negatives, scratches, light leaks or grain,...

The Happiness Factory, artwork by Fenne Kustermans. Risography, etching, printmaker Sweden, Society 6 artist. www.Fenne.be

The happiness factory

One concept, one sketch, 3 different end results- this is the process behind the Happiness Factory. While my dogs were quietly sleeping in the sun, the loose sketching, the thinking scribbles,...

Frozen. Ice photography, nature photography, Sweden, Dalarna, artist Fenne Kustermans. www.Fenne.be

Blue ice

We drove home after a sunny hike, looking for cabins in the woods. As we had finished the last sandwiches and tea, Joeri decided to take a little nap before...

Watchlist February

1. The L-word, generation Q 2. Wallander- BrandvÀgg (2006) 3. The mind, explained. (Netflix) ...

Reading in February

 Ons creatieve brein, hoe mens en wereld elkaar maken. By Dick Swaab.  Maria Lassnig, Ways of being.(Dutch edition) Pressing matters magazine  Suster en Wiebke ...

Hockeny- Van Gogh: the joy of nature book. www.Fenne.be

Reading in January:

- I know an artist (the inspiring connections between the world's greatest artists) by Susie Hodge, illustrated by Sarah Papworth - Hockney- Van Gogh: the joy of nature by Hans den...

christmas-DIY-decoration- www.Fenne.be

DIY holiday presents

This year, I decided to make most of the holiday presents myself and these wooden tree decorations were one of the gifts. They are slices of birch wood, painted with...

January movies

1. Rocket man. 2. Handsome devil 3. The untold tales of Armistead Maupin 4. The secret life of pets 2 5. The Laundromat 6. Le jeu ...

Fenne Kustermans, illustration print and products sale at Society6, www.Fenne.be

-30% at Society6 29/12- 1/1

First of all, a big thank you to everyone who has been supporting my work so far, either through my shop, assignments, on Society6 and even by sharing the links...

Screen printing, Antwerp Belgium, art and illustration www.Fenne.be

Just a perfect day

The air was crisp, the sun was out and I remember saying that it was actually the most perfect day to be outside. I made a walk after sunset but...

november treasures, zines, comics, poetery, Belgium, travel, www.Fenne.be

November treasures

  November treasures with the beautiful work of: GRAFIXX portfolio, skull stickers from Studio Maddy, cards and zine with drawings by Penelope Deltour, thoughtful words by Jens Meijen in 'Xenomorf', colorful and...

Pressing Matters, printing magazine, issue 9, www.Fenne.be

Featured in Pressing matters!

The world of ink and print is of unmistakable importance to my work and perhaps even my wellbeing. Big words? In a fast world, the slowness of designing, mixing ink,...

like-you know, OMG, www.Fenne.be, photography and illustration, Sweden/ Belgium

Like OMG

When traveling alone, some things that I might not notice otherwise, push themself to the front of the row to get attention. In this case, the loudest voices that somehow...

Creative calling, book by Chase Jarvis, book review, book inspiration, www.Fenne.be

Book: Creative calling by Chase Jarvis

  Life isn’t about “finding” fulfillment and success – it’s about creating it.   Chase Jarvis is a photographer, co-founder of Creative Live, podcast host and much more. Most importantly he's a creator...

Wednesday Wanderings (29), Swedish nature photography, dog photography Dalarna, Fenne Kustermans Illustration, artist in Sweden, outdoor lifestyle, art and photography blog www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings (29)

  We wander, driven by a curious fire inside of us hunted by the musts and do's, escaping in a moment of oblivion. The sun was flickering playing hide and seek with light blue...

Wednesday Wanderings (28)

days roll by in summer heat with blue bubbles dancing towards the surface dusty clouds of conclusions evaporate as every cell is liberated   ...

Halfway between the gutter and the stars- Yeah!

Tools & textures: - V-shapes gouge. - pencils, I prefer the soft and expressive ones - etching pen - palette knife - printmaking ink: water-soluble at the moment so I can work from home and...

Diefstal van de eeuw, Jan Walraven

Currently reading: about our lost privacy

*This book by Jan Walraven is written in Dutch and although it's probably not translated, I found it interesting enough to share here on the blog. The title could be...

Kunst Academie Kontich, Gask, Antwerp Belgium, Screen printing workshop, www.Fenne.be

Alles in Wonderland (Kontich)

a place that is all about creation about inspiration and pancakes and ink mixed with decades of memories. www.academiekontich.be ...

Polaroid image Antwerpen, www.Fenne.be

Traveling with a Polaroid camera

I remember standing still in the middle of the enormous exhibition space in Brussels, probably turning a bit pale. Turned around. Mumbled: "I just realize that I forgot to take out...

Artist traveling Iceland, Explore to create, www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings (26)- Iceland

Can you see the millions of flies circling around us? Never before did I see such buzzing clouds rising from the grasses. When we arrived at the farm we saw...

Starting new Lino cut, printmaking, printmaker, Sweden. www.Fenne.be

That first mark

There is this specific tension, joy, and excitement when starting something new like a lino piece. While I often work without sketches and just start painting and working through the...

Iceland, road trip Iceland, Jökulsårlón, www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings (25)

It's been a few years but I've always knew that we'd go back. There is something about the landscapes of Iceland that I haven't found anywhere else. The first day of...

Fenne Kustermans illustration, making buttons, handmade pins, drawings, printmaking, www.Fenne.be

Magic Machine

  One of the fun things of being a maker is that exciting moment when the final product is ready. When sketches become a real drawing or painting in a frame,...

Sketchbook Falun model drawing, www.Fenne.be

Inside my sketchbook

I was ecstatic when Joeri found a model drawing session at the museum in Falun which is about 1h drive but so far the only place where I found something...

Kitty Crowther lecture + exhibition, Uppsala, Sweden, 2019, www.Fenne.be

Kitty Crowther, Uppsala

With sleepy eyes, I checked my phone that morning. Just before getting out of bed and getting started with the day. We already had plans, but suddenly I saw an...

Grief, loss of dogs, www.Fenne.be

Grief didn’t swallow me

Even when you expect it in some way, having to say goodbye always comes as a shock. Suddenly any later, any plans or dreams get canceled and although I couldn't...

#FridaysForFuture, climate action strike, Stockholm March 2019, Klimatstrejk, Greta Thunberg, www.Fenne.be

Fridays for Future, March 15, Stockholm

A long bus trip brought me from postcard Dalarna with snow on the roofs all the way to a gloomy Stockholm where the rain would accompany all day during the...

Cold winters & skincare

By no means am I a beauty/make-up blogger or expert. On the contrary. Although I like to put on some eyeliner or eyeshadow, most days I don't do more than...

Textures of Gotland, nature photography Sweden, Visby, traveling, artist, Europe, www.Fenne.be

Textures of Gotland

They say that spring is the nicest moment to visit Gotland, when there are flowers everywhere. My curiosity couldn't wait several months and it has this peculiar preference for the...

I don't like Mondays, Brenda Spencer graphic novel, true crime story, visual art, www.Fenne.be

I don’t like Mondays

Forty years ago, on Monday, January 29, 1979, a 16-year-old girl took a rifle and fired thirty times at the elementary school across her house. She killed two people and...

Wednesday Wanderings 22, wanderlust, nature photography, hiking in Sweden, life with dogs in Sweden, www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings (22)

Wandering around I wonder what would these colors taste like? It looks like strawberry and peach flavored marshmallows exploded because of the vibrant winter sun. The dogs have their own idea of good...

Winter in Sweden, wednesday wanderings in the forest and around the lakes, slow living, nature lover, artist, www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings (21)

Winter finds its reflection in melting snow becoming ice, disappearing, low sun bursts through blue air, lighting the bubbles that are caught in the frozen lake, silence until spring, it almost feels...

Countryside living in Dalarna Sweden, photographer artist Sweden, nordic nature photography, www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings (20)

A bit sooner than I expected, a brand new year stumbled upon my horizon and entering my life and mind like the bright sun on a cold winter day. December was...

Antwerp Polaroids, street photography, travel Europe, Belgium, www.Fenne.be

Antwerp in Polaroids

Walking the long road home. Drifting the ever changing streets where the soul remains. Wandering around years of memories. In Antwerp.  ...

The Curious Wanderer Collection

Can you hear the early birds singing their song, can you see the ants quickly crossing the narrow path through the forest? Perhaps you can smell the deep green pines....

Early morning swim in the lake, Sweden, Dalarna, freedom, gopro, www.Fenne.be

Early morning swim in the lake

A jump into refreshing freedom. A bubbling world out of this world. Far from everything, detached, and yet ultimately connected. ...

Summer evenings

I stopped counting the mosquito bites a few sunsets ago and instead scratch them without thinking. But you know when I think about the mossies the most? When they are not...

Learning something new: making spoons

Diogo is a very skilled guitar builder who works with European woods- so lots of experience with wood, something I don't know much about, but one can always learn from...

Inside my sketchbook

It's been a while since I posted my sketches. Some days I forget, but now it's also been a while since new ones found their way to the good old...

Wednesday Wanderings (18)

While I'm typing on my laptop, thinking back about the past week, grey drops of rain fall from the sky and do their very best to hold on to little...

Wednesday Wanderings (17)

Under a blue sky, the water levels are rising everywhere around us. Snow and ice from a long and cold winter melts into creeks and rivers, all the way back...

Not all there is to know, we can see.

There is an emptiness, a void, that has to be filled with the wild air that wanders from the mountains back to the sea. We watch but don't see what...

Wednesday Wanderings (16)

Most of the time there is no need to travel far away to be able to get lost. It only takes some boots, a camera or a sketchbook to wander...

Wednesday Wanderings (15)

There is no way to deny it, Spring is taking over from Winter. And I must admit, I'm not entirely ready for this bright white world to melt into a...

Vegan fika cookies

Here in Sweden, the fika-break almost seems like a holy moment of the day where people stop working, make some coffee (or tea) and have something sweet with it- mostly cinnamon...

Wednesday Wanderings (14)

  So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation,...

Wednesday Wanderings (13)

One morning after waking up (that takes some time you know), I felt something had changed. The sun was out, the light was different and the air was suddenly softer....

Wednesday Wanderings (12)

I can't move. An extremely tired dog is sleeping on my feet. And interrupting that would be a crime against cuteness.  I sit on my bed with my computer on...

#MarchMeetTheMaker the unlimited where.

MMTM, aka the no-secrets-month! It's been one week into the #MarchMeetTheMaker challenge where every day you get a prompt that will ask you to share something about yourself and/or your work....

Wednesday Wanderings (11)

Last week was a bit of a quiet week without much wandering around in the woods. Instead, I did everything to not get sick like Joeri (at least one person...

#MarchMeetTheMaker

Because I feel like I never know enough makers, because I love to find new creators and because I love to see what others bring to life. Enough reasons for a...

Wednesday Wanderings (10)

It's this strange and tricky weather where, from inside, you get the feeling that there is a hint of spring weather in the air. The sun is shining, happy birds...

Living abroad: lost in word soup

Have you ever heard of Neder-Swengelska? No? It's what I currently speak fluently. It's an interesting and creative mix of Dutch, Swedish and English and the cool thing is that it has...

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