Creatieve Vlo

Creatieve Vlo draws about matters of the heart and mind; sex, dating, emotions, mental issues, food, darkness & light.

165/ Explosion Risk

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We all have those days I guess... Right?

7 songs in 7 videos

First and foremost I've been a singer-songwriter since age 9, when I first picked up a guitar and created my first songs. I performed in several places and countries, sometimes as a solo artist and sometimes as part of Matthews Southern Comfort or as backing vocalist for Canadian troubadour Shannon Lyon. 

Lately I've not been performing as much at all because I just want to do what I'm good at: write music,  play and sing my songs. Finding a stage and audience that can truly appreciate my melancholy, quiet music has been tough and I quit playing at busy bars or other unsuitable venues that don't offer any fee. As with many creative jobs it seems hard for outsiders to understand why we would ask money for our skill and our services, same goes for drawing comic strips. And I'm not going around trying to convince people I'm good enough, begging for a paid gig, so I just stopped altogether. Conveniently, at the same time, I had a writers block for about a year or so. Too much had happened, relationships had ended and it was just all too much. By the time I did start writing songs about it all I wasn't able to sing them 'cause I'd start sobbing each time. It was too fresh and one can't really sing and sob at the time so I gave in to the nothingness.

And then, when once in a while there is an opportunity that offers itself to me, like playing in a forest at a summer festival or the chance to play at an intimate living room festival, I take it with both hands. Last Sunday I played at a festival that took place in over 500 living rooms in 15 cities around The Netherlands 'Muziek bij de buren'. It was so was wonderful to have a really attentive audience listening to my newest songs, the songs I wrote in the past year and a half and that I could never play without crying. It's a blessing to feel I've worked through all the feelings and these songs are ready to go out into the world to be heard.

I taped a couple of songs for this recent performance. If you are curious click on this beautiful photo below, made by Lotte Brouwers, and it'll take you to seven song videos. ♥ If you liked a song please do like the video for me and if you want to stay updated on my music videos just hit the subscribe button. 
Until next time...

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(Click here if the photo link doesn't work)

Poeldieren 2

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Second drawing that I made for my friend Eva Luijkx from Atelier DeLuxe. She draws poeldieren, which would probably translate to something like a mud pool creature. Here I'm telling the creature "Hey! I cut my short short!" to which it replies "Yes. I can see that". The Poeldieren have a very dry sense of humor :)

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Poeldieren 1

2017-09-03 Elly Striptekening Poeldieren 1

My friend Eva Luijkx from Atelier DeLuxe draws poeldieren, which would probably translate to something like a mudpool creature. For her birthday I made a couple of drawings in which my comic character meets up with the poeldieren and a 'conversation' evolves as they tend to do in eva's original drawings. She was ok with me putting my interpretation of her creatures online so here is the first! I'm asking the creature "How tall is a poeldier anyway?" and it answers "Tall enough".

163/ Perspective

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People wanting a discussion, sending me a private message, wanting my reply and when confronted saying they really didn't want a discussion but just wanted to let me know their opinion. For me the above received message was not constructive or useful at all. What is the point? If someone likes what I make; great, have fun and enjoy it. If someone doesn't like what I make; feel free to move on and look at something else. ♥ I am not in the business of pleasing everybody.

162/ We moved house!

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Such an immense job to move house. When I made this drawing we’d been in the new house since two weeks. The cat really wanted to go outside but I kept him inside for a little bit longer. Only half of the living room was finished with wallpaper. Still, it was a lovely place to be already ♥

161/ Moving house

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160/ I am fat

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Yes. I'm officially Class II obese so that is fat. And fat is not a swearword. In my case it's a fa(c)t.

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