The mysterious world of MONICA CROESE


Sinterklaas give-away; the season of nice presents and surprises

 I miss you most of all.....

I was cleaning my working space and there she was. This autumn lady i drawed last year. Safely tucked away in an old sketchingbook. I had all forgotten about her and i'm so happy she suddenly showed up. So unexpected. But at the right time. Because i was thinking about a give-away. Sunday 5 december we have Sinterklaas overhere in the Netherlands. It's a children's party mostly, but grown-ups are giving each other nice little surprise presents as well. To find this lady again was a big surprise for me, so i think she's just perfect for a Sinterklaas give-away. Watercolors and ink on paper; 13 x 18 cm. I will send some other surprises as well.

I believe in the magical number of three, so i happily add two other items as well for this give-away. To celebrate my new project Splash splash kisses i also give-away 2 x a greeting card or button of your choice.

If you're interested to participate in this give-away, then leave a comment. Next tuesday the lucky number 7 december i'll pick the winners.
It's very cold at the moment overhere but my house and heart are warm and cosey. I wish you all a warm and cosey week! 


A scream for culture and splash splash kisses

I don't wanna talk about politics on my blog, but for just one time i make an exception. Because our new government (i feel ashamed about this government, it shows the world how intolerable we became) is destroying everything we have build the last hundred years.  Because of the crisis Holland has to cut down expences. Okay, sure, that's how it is, no problem.  But this government has decided that culture (such as theatre, opera, ballet, art) is just a hobby for the elite. Especially the left winged elite. Why should the man of the street has to pay for it? Ofcourse this is bull and very narrowminded and carped but our new government has decided to cut down expences on Culture in a huge way.  Taxes on art and theatre was 6% and will be raised to 19%! Buying art will be more expensive, but a ticket for the cinema will also be much more expensive. All kind of subsidies will be stopped. This means that lots of orchestras will disappear, that theatres has to shut their doors, there will be no projects for children introducing them to art and much much more. And musea will have to raise their prices, so the man of the street who IS interested in art cannot afford a ticket. This decision of the government is unthoughtful and most of all a resentful action to the left  winged politicians who were our government for a long time.
Last saturday 20-11-2010 there were lots of manifestations in many cities of our country and at the end of the day on a certain time, lots and lots of people were screaming. A scream for culture!

*And some famous dutch artists screamed as well.

It is very difficult to make a living on art alone. For me that is anyway. Next to drawing and painting i love  to make collages. With scissors and glue but also on my computer. And i think i'm pretty good at it. I've started a new project named Splash splash kisses (we could swim my little fishes and me) and i made a wonderful logo for it i think.

 Splash splash kisses design

So i have started a shop on Zazzle where i sell more 'commercial' stuff in the form of cards, buttons, bags etc. I have great pleasure in making my poppy images with sometimes a  vintage twist as well. Here you also will find my Organic worlds series.
So now for the fun stuff; some of my designs for splash splash kisses.  Take a look at the shop if you feel like it. I hope you enjoy this as much as i do. :-D 

I wish you all a wonderful week and like Brian i will upload once a week on all tuesdays.  So stay tuned!


Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson; for always lingering music

I'm sad to read today that the wonderful musician Peter Christopherson has passed away.  Making music in bands like Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV and Coil has had and have great influence in my life. Often you can hear music of these bands here on my blog. 

Check the new post on my Starpower blog if you like.


Mist * Strange twisted popmusic

I wrote about the bands i used to play/ sing in. That made some of you curious. So if you're curious how my voice sounds like, take a look at my blog Starpower.


To feel it all

I haven't been on my computer the last few days, but for a good reason. Very busy with drawing, making collages etc.... That feels so good. Ánd I finally finished my drawing 'Requiem for an innocence lost'. YEAY!
I don't know if you still can remember it, so first i show you the beginning. Than lots of photo's from the finished drawing. Why so much? To show you all details and beauty. I love it so much! I hope you do enjoy it as much as i do.
I have made an internet portfolio. I wrote on the first page about a friend painter (Caio) who described my art as violently feminine. And that i like that. But don't wanna rub it in your face. I wanna seduce you to enter my world, wander around and to feel it.
To feel it all.

Requiem for an innocence lost
From the very first beginning till the end....
Ink, pencils, pastel and watercolor on paper.
68 x 50 cm

The next one is moved, so therefor a bit blurred, but i love it a lot this way.

This drawing is giving me so much creative energy and ideas.
I wish you all a good week with lots of creative energy as well.
Sweet greetz and kisses!