5 years of happy apples and apricots

bird paintings in gouache by AppleApricot Wen

Hello hello sweet creative friends!

First of all, as you can see I can't leave my paintbrushes anymore :) I'm constantly drawing and painting. Especially birds and flowers.

Anyhoo, I wanted to tell you something happy!
You know,

AppleApricot is 5 years old!


To celebrate this I will have a nice surprise for you coming soon.
So keep an eye on the post-feed!

Voor mijn Nederlandse blog vriend(inn)en en lezers:
ik plaats ook af en toe een nieuw blogje op mijn NL AppelAbrikoos blog en zal ook de aankondiging van de hierbovengenoemde verrassing daar laten weten.

Wishing you a beautiful day!

xx Wen

Blogging versus Instagram - it's all about connection

illustration in gouache by AppleApricot Wen

Hello sweet friends,

Lately I noticed that there are more and more of my creative friends on instagram. Although I love browsing through the beautiful photos on instagram, I have to say that I'm still not a huge fan nor am I inclined to use it very often. But I do try.

There is just something that I miss in the use of social platforms like instagram. I find it fleeting. Is fleeting the word you would use for this in English? What I mean is that you get to see a glimpse for a second or two of a photo and then move on to the next photo of someone else. What I miss is real connection, a deeper conversation.

What I love about blogging is that someone's blog is kind of someone's creative home. The homes we create online for our creative outlets, where we can visit each other and listen to each other, talk with each other, having a cup of tea. When visiting a blog I take my time to really dive deeper into the creative world of my blog friend.

So I will keep on blogging and visiting the online homes of my creative friends, while trying to be more visible on instagram as well.

embroidery design wip by AppleApricot Wen

How about you?
What's your idea about this?

How do you like instagram? Do you use it?

And how about your blog? Do you blog? Do you wish to go on with blogging?

Let me know, I'm really curious to hear from your experience!

xx Wen


Hello sweet friends,

It's definitely Autumn here, nature changes its colours to beautiful warm tones. There are still some gorgeous flowers showing, like these soft pink roses.

I love the warm reds and pinks of Autumn and wanted to do some embroidery to add to my Book Of Bloom. So I started with a flower and some leaves and I will see where this will bring me. I do not have a design to work from, I just love to embroider like I'm drawing with thread.

I do not have much time for embroidery though, because whatever time I have available for creating, I use for painting.

Like this little painting of a Cardinal bird that I did on a dried and pressed autumn leaf.

bird painting on leaf by AppleApricot Wen

But I'd love to do more embroidery, so I will definitely make sure to take some time for that as well! I find the slow pace soothing and relaxing.

While painting, I notice that I'm leaning towards illustrating at the moment. Especially illustrating birds and flowers, like below, with influences from folk art. But I also love art journaling, and I will share some of that on my blog Wen's Paint.

bird illustration in gouache by AppleApricot Wen

Did you have some time to create lately?

Wishing you a beautiful day!
xx Wen

Imagine the sea

mixed media card by Dorthe Hansen

Hello dear friends,

When sharing with you the gorgeous gifts I received from Dorthe of Den Lille Lade, I promised you I would share her beautiful card later. It's about time :)

Dorthe is a master in adding texture to her artwork. And this card is no exception. She knows how much I love the coast and her gorgeous work brought me there in my imagination, feeling the sand, gathering shells, and watching the waves rolling in. Can you smell the salty air and hear the seagulls?

Wishing you all a beautiful day!
Big hugs, xx Wen

My artful journey

portrait painting by Wen's Paint

Hello sweet friends,

Here is a painting I just made in one of the art classes I'm following. If you're interested in my artful journey, the things I'm learning by following these art classes, then hop over to my blog Wen's Paint. It's the place where I really get to experiment and explore. Where I'm searching for my own art voice and letting my soul roam freely. It's a beautiful experience and I can wholeheartedly encourage you to do the same, to go on your own beautiful, soulful, artful journey!

Wishing you a sunny happy day,

xx Wen