A cow-pecker and other coincidences

A cow-pecker and other coincidences
It was a special morning today. Around ten o’clock I picked up my work from the Arti Winter Salon, my pen and watercolor portrait of traffic controller Paul Plak. Mirjam Taverdin (who works there) and I had a nice conversation about our mothers, grandmothers, mothers-in-law and stepmothers (2019 was a mother year, we decided). We talked about grabbing the bull by the balls and catching the cow by the horns.
I drew a cow like the ones we have in Den Ilp, next to the woodpecker at number eight, in the swan-stick-to-cadavre-exquis-goep artwork of Henk Fakkeldij. Now what’s that woodpecker doing there?
Mirjam thought that the number on the earring, 2992, had to mean something. “Were you 29 years old in ’92?” It was correct!
I had a nice and quiet walk through the new exhibition “Open Call” and was able to view everything in peace.
On my way back home I came across Paul Plak, the traffic controller of the portrait! He wanted to see it and thought it was beautiful. His colleagues also came to have a look. Paul wanted to be photographed with his portrait. See my previous post!

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Paul Plak posing with his portrait.

Paul Plak posing with his portrait.

This morning I picked up the work that had been part of the Arti Winter Salon, the pen and water color portrait of Paul Plak, traffic manager.

Guess who I bumped into on my way home?

He loved to have his photo taken!




Zwaluwen – crowdfunding

Zwaluwen – crowdfunding

‘Zwaluwen’ (Swallows), a documentary about the origin of the Amazigh movement in the Netherlands,  is almost ready for viewing, but money is still needed for the final finish. Could you help? If you like you can receive a professional, numbered and signed print, size 21×29.7cm,  of the four pen drawings that I used as a basis for the cover of Vallende tijd (Berberbibliotheek), a book with Riffian poetry by Mohammed Chacha, Mimoun el Walid, Fadma el Ouariachi and Ahmed Ziani, translated into Dutch.

You can also compete for a unique, larger color version of the portrait of Mohammed Chacha, 30×40 cm. I am going to work on this painting the upcoming week.

Look here to support ‘Zwaluwen’: https://www.voordekunst.nl/projecten/9857-documentaire-zwaluwen

Pakje Kunst in Amsterdam Museum

Pakje Kunst in Amsterdam Museum

As of today the Pakje Kunst *) repurposed cigarette vending machine with original art pieces made by Amsterdam artists has found its place in the Amsterdam Museum. With art by Edith Brouwer, Greet Weitenberg, Diana Ozon, and more. And … with original pen and watercolor drawings made by me! So, if you happen to be in Amsterdam, for only €4 you can buy original art presents for you family, friends or yourself!


*) Art Pack


New Letterhead

New Letterhead

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A new year, a new design for my letters and invoices. The letterhead contains two pictures that are playfully mirrored and stand for my work as a visual artist (drawing and painting) and as an art teacher.


‘Snackplek’, a new series for Argus

‘Snackplek’, a new series for Argus
First drawing of the new year, starting with a new series on the back page of Argus: ‘snackplek’ (a made up word, meaning ‘place to snack’). 

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King Gözleme, Albert Cuypstraat, Amsterdam

These Gözleme (Turkish filled pancakes) with feta, spinach, potato and / or minced meat are heart-warmingly delicious. When I am on the Albert Cuyp Market, I am not able to  ignore this stall without ordering anything from the ladies.

Sold at the Christmas Sale

Sold at the Christmas Sale 
This line drawing (pen on paper) of our late mayor Eberhard van der Laan was sold at WG KUNST Kerst Sale 2019 and found a home in the city of Amsterdam.


And the revenue is …

And the revenue is … 

Exhibition / Fundraiser Nasty Women / #teamfemke

€20.000! Elance Academy (a coaching academy for young women) and Dokters van de Wereld (anti conception information hours for undocumented women in Amsterdam Zuidoost) will each get a support of € 9.988.50

Het Parool, December 17, 2019

Paul Plak’s Portrait at Arti et Amicitiae

Paul Plak’s Portrait at Arti et Amicitiae

For more information see Arti Salon 2019



Kerststerren Expo bij CBK Zuidoost

Christmas Stars – exhibition at CBK Zuidoost

From Saturday December 14th up until (and including) Saturday January 4th 2020, you can fully enjoy an exhibition of works of art from the CBK Zuidoost collection, compiled by staff, partners, customers, CKB ZOYoung, friends and acquaintances of CBK Zuidoost. Just imagine that these “Christmas stars” could just come and shine inside your house.

Lucy Hooft, who works at the gallery, chose this portrait I made during my Artist Resicency at BijlmAIR in 2017:

Woman with white headscarf, © Maartje Jaquet 2017

While I was there I had the honor to be invited to also choose a work of art for the exhibition. I fell for this painting by friend and fellow artist Rinaldo Klas, because we have recently worked together in Suriname and will be working together in the future again soon! And I love it f course. It will be on show in the same exhibition, opening tomorrow:

CBK Zuidoost
Anton de Komplein 120
1102 DR Amsterdam

Opening times
Tue / Wed / Thu / Ori 11:00 – 17:00
Sat 10:00-17:00
Look here for special opening times during the during the holidays.