Servus, dear visitor!

Servus and a warm welcome to my other "Von Pappe" blog.

Edit 1: I have been thinking about this for quite some time now and have come to the decision to change this blog into a more personal one - more of a kind of diary of someone who struggles with Hashimoto thyroid disease (and therefore sometimes also depression) and also often with trying to be an artist (which both takes quite a lot of courage I found - especially when you lack self confidence ;).

Sometimes I feel I need to write down thoughts, ideas, plans or goals - just to make them "count" or more "real" for myself in a way. So what you will find in this place are traces of my personal journey towards feeling healthier again (after also having been diagnosed with borreliosis more recently) and also more confident as a creative.

I have also decided to keep this blog - though being quite personal - set to "public" in the hope that others who struggle, too and read my blog, feel less alone on their "journeys".

So if you choose to read posts on here you may well read about feelings and thoughts that are usually not being shared out there in crafty blogland and on facebook and all the other social platforms, where we all want to feel surrounded by shiny, happy people only to feel good and not be reminded of our own sorrows and struggles (which I totally understand to be honest).

Edit 2: After more consideration I have also decided to disable the commenting function, so no one needs to feel pressed to leave a comment, as some of my posts may seem as if I was "fishing for words of encouragement" I found...which definitely is the least I want for my wonderful creative friends out there, who care, to feel like!
I know you care - and for that I feel blessed and thankful! *

Please, know that I am fine. I just - like everybody else - have (harder) times when I am wearing the "darker glasses" and when I question everything and everyone and especially myself...and I also have times - and these are by far the majority - when it is just the usual artist's struggle...or real life struggle...or simply having gotten up on the wrong side of my bed....nothing exceptional. Just life.

Take care! XXX

PS: in case you want to contact me, do so via email under

* a huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to all those who have left uplifting comments on here in the past! I've loved them all and always will. xxx

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

When She Writes Poetry

Today a dear friend of mine sent me some poems her daughter wrote at the age of 8 and I was not only deeply touched by the love for nature that I found expressed in the most beautiful words but also by the way she used language....making it feel as if she had carefully woven from the very sound of the words and syllables the most soft and yet at the same time thick and strong carpet for the reader to walk upon or lie down on.

A bit later I browsed the net visiting some of my favourite blogs for some of which is Art Journal Journey.  I loved their theme "A Fantasy Scene"and wanted to create something  to join in (and thought about elves or fairies)...and then I came up with this scene, letting my gut and hands take the lead.

After it was finished I was wondering where the idea might have originated from. I hadn't thought about girls flying with balloons or about tiny houses on hills for a special reason... Until I realised that this was my friend's daughter as I imagine her when I read her poems.
Every single word in her poems is chosen with such a lot of thought and utter precision in meaning...trying to show the reader how she sees nature and the earth she walks upon.

Her poetry inspired me to create this mixed media project....showing this girl, flying in the sky (because to me good poetry is like a bird's song) and looking down at the beautiful earth below her - seeing it from her very special point of view...feeling the warmth of the sun and being deeply connected to everything that surrounds her. At least his is how I imagine her.

I collaged some of the elements using old book pages and a colour copy of one of my recent abstract paintings.

The sky and the green on the soft hills were done by applying acrylic colours with a palette knife, layering various tones of blue and white rather randomly.

I would like to enter it to Paint Party Friday's and Art Journal Journey's actual collection of lovely art journaling and mixed media.
Claudia x