*INSPIRATION* Work Work Work


What I learned from doing a 100 day project…

On Tuesday April 19th, 2016, Ella Luna, author of the book ‘The Crossroads of should and must’ started a 100 day project on Instagram. The idea is to do ”something creative’ for 100 days in a row and share what you made on Instagram.

I decided to enter and make an illustration a day. It was quite a challenge and I needed 125 days to finish but I’m quiet happy with the result because it made me want to draw & create again! :)

The most important thing I learned was that the best inspiration comes from working. When you start working other things come to mind and you evolve a lot faster dan when you keep thinking about how to develop an idea best. I did that for wayyy to long. ;)

Like Picasso once said;  ‘Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.’

These are all 100 illustrations. I’m not happy with all of them so sharing them anyway was a big part of the challenge for a perfectionist like me. ;)

Do you like to challenge yourself? Let me know on Facebook!

X, Kathleen.



*INSPIRATION* Work Work Work 2017-11-22T01:40:41+00:00



Budapest - city of baths

Inspiration can come from everywhere but a beautiful surrounding can definitely help. :) After writing about books and artists that inspire me I wanted to tell you about one of my favourite European cities; Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

We first visited Budapest in 2011 and it was love at first sight. Before Budapest existed there were Buda and Pest, two cities located on opposite sides of the Danube.   In 1873 these two cities where combined to form today’s Budapest, and the feel on both sides is distinctly opposite as a result.

5 reasons why Budapest is my favourite city trip location

1. Beauty is everywhere

Budapest is filled with beauty. Take a look up while walking down the streets and you’ll find incredible architectural detailed sculptures on every building in a number of architectural styles. The city is famous for its Art Nouveau architecture but there are also plenty of Gothic, Renaissance, Classicist, Baroque & Modern structures across the city, making it a very diverse city. Add a river and you’ve got it all. :)

2. It’s a great place to relax

Budapest is called the ‘City of Baths’ because of its many thermal baths. The most famous bath is Széchenyi, a Neo-baroque building that’s home to indoor and outdoor pools as well as a sauna and steam rooms. There are many other historical baths in the city such as Gellert, a smaller but equally beautiful building that makes you feel like you’re going back in time. What better way to spend your day relaxing, or recovering from a hangover. ;)

3. Budapest is a foodie’s dream come true

From traditional cuisine to funky food trucks, a large food market, bistro’s, gourmet & Michelin-star restaurants, you can find it all in Budapest.

Some of our favourite places to eat; Borkonyha WineKitchen, BorbirosagBorsso Bistro, MenzaKlassz, New York Café, and more…

4. The nightlife is one you won’t forget remember  ;)

Going out in Budapest is fun, carefree & diverse. There are plenty of cool clubs, rooftop bars & the famous ruin bars. These formerly abandoned buildings in the Jewish district were turned into some of the most unique bars out there, each distinctive in their own way.

Our favourites: Anker’t, Szimpla, Instant Púder Bárszínház. Click here to see them all.

5. They make great wine

If you’re visiting Budapest you must taste the Hungarian wines. Hungary has 22 distinct wine regions, including one in Budapest. Whether you prefer dry, sweet, red, white, dessert, or sparkling, there is no doubt that you’ll be satisfied. The city embraces and celebrates the country’s wine heritage, hosting many different festivals throughout the year.

Looking for a great place to stay?

Entre Amis’ luxurious and stylish apartments are the perfect choice for your visit to Budapest, be it for a long or a short stay. The flats have been extensively renovated by a great couple from Belgium and are fully equipped. They are located in the city centre, near the Opera House and the chic Andrassy boulevard. The Danube, sights to see and all best restaurants are in walking distance.

All flats are housed in 19th Century buildings, with high ceilings and vintage parquetry.

So, what do you think? Have you visited Budapest before or are you booking as we speak? ;)

Let me know your favourite city for a city trip on Facebook!

X, Kathleen.

*INSPIRATION* Budapest 2017-11-22T01:23:28+00:00



If you know my work you know I love to draw and paint people. For me, the big appeal in making portraits is the story they tell without actually telling a story. I’m always drawn to the faces in galleries, museums & books and try to work out what they’re thinking, to catch the light or darkness, the emotions, in their eyes.

For this weeks inspiration post I’ld like to introduce you to Gill Button (1973), a painter and illustrator based in London. I first saw her work on Instagram and it was love at first sight.

Her work – oil paintings, ink & watercolour drawings – are done in a playful and bold way. The magic is seen in every stroke, every painterly decision. The paintings with big strokes feel sleek, fluid, and effortless. Tightly cropped, the compositions pull the viewer up close and personal. They are at once confrontational and cool, intimate and vulnerable. Most of the characters are looking right at you, demanding you engage with them.

Gill has been commisioned by numerous high profile clients including Gucci, Vogue, Tatler, Vanity Fair, British Airways, Royal Mail and the United Nations.

In 2016 fashion designer Dries Van Noten saw her work on Instagram and asked her to make a series of paintings portraying Marchesa Luisa Casati to present in his showroom. After this series she hand-painted 1,200 invitations for his Fall 2016 show.

This year she did two projects with De Bijenkorf in Amsterdam: a campaign called “The Art of Overdressing” for the spring summer collections, which is a series of colourful oil paintings that will adorn their window displays etc. In March and April, De Bijenkorf also exhibited and sold a series of ink pieces she created based on Mata Hari during her artist’s residency.

If you like what you see, follow Gill on Instagram, allowing your pupils to be fed with beauty. :)

X, Kathleen.

All images © Gill Button

*INSPIRATION* Gill Button 2017-11-22T01:23:48+00:00

*INSPIRATION* The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

The crossroads - inside

This weeks inspiration post is about The Crossroads of Should and Must, a book by Elle Luna. I read it last year at a moment I was thinking a lot (and if I say a lot, I really mean A LOT! ;)) about the professional choices I made in my life. Reading this (and other) book(s) made me realise I was doing way to much things because of SHOULD. (more about those other books in future posts :))

So, what’s the difference between Should & Must?

Should is how others want us to show up in the world — how we’re supposed to think, what we ought to say, what we should or shouldn’t do. It’s the vast array of expectations that others layer upon us. When we choose Should the journey is smooth, the risk is small. (and oooooh, yes, for a long time I loved taking ‘the easy’ path, which now doesn’t seem so easy anymore ;))

Must is different—there aren’t options and we don’t have a choice.

Must is who we are, what we believe, and what we do when we are alone with our truest, most authentic self. It’s our instincts, our cravings and longings, the things and places and ideas we burn for, the intuition that swells up from somewhere deep inside of us. Must is what happens when we stop conforming to other people’s ideals and start connecting to our own.

In the past year I’ve chosen MUST a lot more and even though it wasn’t always easy, I’m really starting to like this new road.

There are two paths in life: Should and Must. We arrive at this crossroads over and over again. And each time, we get to choose.

The Crossroads of Should and Must has a universal message — we get to choose the path between Should and Must. And it gives every reader permission to embrace this message. It’s about the difference between jobs, careers, and callings. The difference between going to work and becoming one with your work. Why knowing what you want is often the hardest part. It gives eye-opening techniques for reconnecting with one’s inner voice, like writing your own obituary (talk about putting life in perspective). It talks about the most common fears of choosing Must over Should—money, time, space, and the ultimate fear: total vulnerability — and shores up our hesitation with inspiring stories of and quotes from the artists and writers and thinkers who’ve faced their own crossroads of Should and Must and taken the leap. It explains the importance of mistakes, of “unlearning,” of solitude, of keeping moving, of following a soul path.

Presented in four chapters—The Crossroads, The Origin of Should, Must, and The Return—inspired by the hero’s journey outlined by Joseph Campbell, The Crossroads of Should and Must guides us from the small moment, discovering our Must, to the big moment—actually doing something about it, and returning to share our new gifts with the world.

What road are you on? Should or Must? Let me know on Facebook! 

X, Kathleen.

Click here to read the short version of the book.

*INSPIRATION* The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna 2017-11-22T01:24:08+00:00

*INSPIRATION* Podcast Love


Why, O why did I decide to start a weekly inspiration post 2 months before organising an expo? ;)

As you can imagine I’m quite busy at the moment so I was thinking about making a fast post (that didn’t turn out to go as fast as I thought buy anyway ;)) that’s giving you lot’s of inspiration and came to podcasts!

A podcast is an audio program, like a radio show, that is posted to the Internet, iTunes and/or Google Play and most of them are free. Check this link if you want more practical information on how to listen to podcasts.

I discovered podcasts in 2013 or 2014 after reading Tim Ferriss’s book, The Four Hour Workweek, and loved them right away. They give you so much information en inspiration in a short amount of time and you can listen to them while doing something else like cooking, painting, driving a car or taking a relaxing bath.

I love reading but I’m a very slow reader and get distracted easily so podcast are perfect for me. I listen to all kinds of podcast but love the ones about self- en business development, art and marketing the most. You can however find podcasts on just about any subject you can imagine.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, I’ld love to know which ones are your favourites! Add them to the comments below or let me know on Facebook! :)

My favourite podcasts

  • The Tim Ferris Podcast

    The Tim Ferriss Show is the #1 business podcast on iTunes. It is the first business/interview podcast to pass 100,000,000 downloads, and it has been selected as “Best of” iTunes for three years running.

    Each episode, Tim interviews world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use to improve your life.  This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more.

  • The Tony Robbins podcast

    “Why live an ordinary life, when you can live an extraordinary one?” Tony Robbins, the #1 Life and Business Strategist, uses his podcast to share proven strategies and tactics so you, too, can achieve massive results in your business, relationships, health and finances. In addition to excerpts from his signature events and other exclusive audio content, Tony and his team also conduct deeply insightful interviews with the most prominent masterminds and experts on the global stage.

  • Making Oprah podcast

    This podcast works out how Oprah became not only the biggest daytime show of all time, but also a cultural phenomenon. You get sucked into listening to the stories about the changing media landscape and anecdotes about the show’s most memorable episodes. This podcast desperately needs to have more than six episodes and a couple of bonus extras.

  • The Marie Forleo Podcast

    Named by Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation and one of Inc.’s 500 fastest growing companies, Marie Forleo’s goal is to help you become the person you most want to be. In this show, Marie and her guests share actionable strategies for greater happiness, success, motivation, creativity, productivity, love, health, contribution and fulfillment — often with a lot of laughs. From business, marketing and career advice, to tackling failure, disappointment and fear, to philanthropy and doing our part to make the world a more loving, just and equitable place — they cover it all. Get inspired, grow stronger, more confident and create a business and life you genuinely love.

  • Being Boss

    Being Boss = Mindset, Habits, Tactics, and Lifestyle for Creative Entrepreneurs. Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon believe in building a business you love, making bank, and being unapologetically who you are 100% of the time. They have a combined experience and expertise in branding and coaching small online businesses to be more boss in work and life by focusing on “boss” mindsets, habits & routines, tools, tactics & strategies, blended with a little bit of hustle. They also interview other bosses such as Brene Brown, Marie Forleo, Ramit Sethi, Danielle LaPorte, Tara Gentile, and more.

    Just Like Marie Forleo these podcasts can be quite girly but I can handle that. Can you? ;)

  • The Jealous Curator: Art for your ear

    Art for your ears brings you stories from some of Danielle Krysa’s (aka The Jealous Curator) favorite contemporary artists. When she studied Art History, the best part was, well, the gossip. She loved finding out why artists did certain things, what was going on in their personal lives, and behind-the-scenes details about other artists they knew and worked with. This podcast is exactly that … inside-scoop stories from the artsiest people I know. You’ll hear first-hand from these talented, successful, full-time artists (who also happen to be regular people with hilarious stories) BEFORE they’re in the Art History books.

  • Creative Peptalk

    Are you a creative entrepreneur, freelancer or (aspiring) creative pro? If so, this podcast was made for you! Andy J. Miller, the host, is passionate about helping creative’s strike the perfect balance between art and business. Through ridiculous analogies, personal stories and artist interviews, Andy hopes to help you break free from confusion and make a plan for your creative career success!

  • The Artsy Podcast

    Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. They are a resource for art collecting and education. In this podcast series Artsy’s team of editors takes you behind the scenes of the art world, talking everything from art history to the latest market news.

  • Savvy Painter Podcast

    Savvy Painter is a weekly podcast for artists who mean business. Antrese Wood talks to experts in the field about the business of art and how it gets created. Want to know how leaders in the fine art world of plein-air and landscape painting got their start? What habits do top artists have in common? Every week, Antrese talks about representational painting, abstract art, alla prima painting, art competitions, art materials, watercolor, oil painting, how to get into an art gallery, how to succeed with your art business and so much more!

  • The Thriving Artist

    The Thriving Artist Podcast is a feature of the Clark Hulings Fund for visual artists, which exists to provide training, professional introductions, and funding for working artists, to turn working artists into THRIVING artists. Tune in for insights from other artists, art industry experts, art collectors, and business specialists. Don’t be a starving artist, be a thriving artist!

  • Artists Helping Artists

    Weekly show on topics that addresses how to sell more art on-line, along with guest artists, gallerists, and others sharing their knowledge of the business side of art. The host, Leslie Saeta, is an artist who paints with a palette knife to create vibrant, colorful paintings. Having spent 30 years in marketing her unique combination of talents has led to a successful career in art. Her non-traditional approach to marketing her art on the internet has created her desire to share her art marketing success with others.

  • The Lucky Bitch Podcast

    Can You Be Rich And Spiritual? Yes you can! :) Denise Duffield-Thomas is a coach, motivational speaker & money mindset mentor who helps women create outrageous success. Her book “Lucky Bitch” and podcast are a practical and fun take on the law of attraction and what it really takes to manifest your wildest dreams.

  • Under The Skin with Russell Brand

    The new Russell Brand podcast ‘Under The Skin’ asks: what’s beneath the surface – of people we admire, of the ideas that define our time, of the history we are told. Speaking with guests from the world of academia, popular culture and the arts, they’ll help us to see the ulterior truth behind our constructed reality. And have a laugh. You either love or hate him & I must say I love his way of viewing and questioning the world we live in. Find his older podcasts here.

Hope you enjoy! :)

X, Kathleen.

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*INSPIRATION* Rinus Van de Velde

rinus van de velde iamdisappearingslowly

Rinus Van de Velde (1983, Leuven, Belgium) is an artist who’s work has been fascinating me from the first moment I saw it. I did plan to write my 3th inspiration post about somebody else because I feel his style feels similar to Hans Op de Beeck.  I love totally different styles too but Rinus is having the opening of his solo exhibition in Antwerp next week at Tim Van Laere Gallery so I just had to move him up. :)

Rinus draws himself as an actor in the biography of an imaginary artist. He is most known for his large, often many metres wide, charcoal drawings with lots of details and accompanied by texts that establish a context. The black and white drawings have a certain melancholy  & revolve around the tension between fiction and reality.

‘In the end it’s all about finding a way to live in this world, to create your own structure. Everybody has to create his or her own fiction and live in it, otherwise you can’t survive.’ – Rinus Van de Velde

He started his work using images he found but now makes his own pictures, an evolution I would love to make myself some time soon. :)

Speaking of myself, I have to keep this post short because I’ve got to work on my own expo on October! ;)

Do you like what you see? Make sure to visit his expo @ Tim Van Laere Gallery, check his website or check the Tim Van Laere Facebook page which has lots of interviews about the coming exhibition.

Hasta la próxima! :)

X, Kathleen.

boek rinus van de velde

p.s. if you’d like to buy me a present, this book would make me very happy ;)

All images copyright Rinus Van de Velde

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*INSPIRATION* Get Real by Lien

Get Real Ebook

After some conversations in the past weeks about how we can (or can not) shape our lives the way we want to, I decided to dedicate this post to the book Get Real by Lien De Pau.

Lien is an entrepreneur who travels the world fulltime. She has founded multiple companies and launched a fast growing network for female entrepreneurs (Zeker Van Haar Zaak) back in 2014. That same year she celebrated her third anniversary as a nomad in South-America. She wrote this book partly on the Spanish island of Fuerteventura and partly on the Malaysian island Penang.

Lien is 35 and wakes up every morning without an alarm clock. When she opens her eyes the first thing which comes to her mind is: “What would I love to do today?” In this books she tells her personal story and asks questions to help you find your true desires.

She shows us how we can all leave our pre-defined path, even when we feel stuck in the rat race of work, family and other obligations. We can take the leap, look for what makes us tick and find out what we really love in life.

Change the way we look quote

With the above quote from Wayne W. Dyer in mind I recommend reading Get Real because it offers you a different way of looking at the way we live our lives and shows us other possibilities.

If we can’t imagine it, we can’t turn it into a reality.

And before you think this isn’t for you; I feel this book is for everybody, whether you’re single or have a family, an employee or an entrepreneur, young or old, male or female, and go on and on… :)

The illustrations and cover design of the book are done by me, myself & I. :)

X, Kathleen.

Pre-order Get Real in English
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Looking for more inspiration? Check the Hans op De Beeck post here.
*INSPIRATION* Get Real by Lien 2017-11-22T01:25:23+00:00

*INSPIRATION* Hans Op de Beeck

Hans op de beek Collectors house

This is the first post in my inspiration series. Each Sunday I’ll make a post about somebody or something that inspires me.

For this first ‘episode’, I would like to introduce you to Hans Op de Beeck.

Hans Op de Beeck is a Belgian multimedia artist, dramatist, composer, theatre and opera director (* 1969) and creates large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts.  He tells stories between the lines, without a beginning or end, often amazing, mostly melancholic, always striking.

I absolutely LOVE (yes, capitals! :)) his work and the variation in used mediums while always holding on to his very unique style. He is a master with light and creates work that let’s you step into another world, a magical, strangely perfect world, where it seems that time stood still…

On the one hand Hans Op de Beeck’s curiously defamiliarized places and situations emerge from the direct experience of everyday life. On the other hand they are literally out of the ordinary in their precise deployment of light, suggestive decorative details and magical music soundtracks.

How can you not love that? ;)

X, Kathleen.

Picture credits: Studio Hans Op de Beeck

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