About Changing the World (too) (2)

December 2021. Time to look back !

« I’m going to change the world », I said, 6 months ago

I didn’t think it would change that fast ! For all of us !

What a year !

So many people have been showing their true colours !

Some doors closed, many windows opened !

Friends turned into strangers, strangers became friends …

I think it’s one of the most powerful years I’ve ever lived ! Overwhelming too ! And confusing !

What about you ? Do you realise that this is the perfect time to claim your power ? To become the best You ? Can you feel it ? Scary, isn’t it ? But You can do it !

6 months ago, the question I asked myself was :

« How can I really, with my Art, raise awareness about the state of our planet ? »

I, somehow, want(ed) to convince You (and myself) to stop wasting things (like plastic !), to show more love to our Mother Earth because she loves us and to respect nature so that she will respect us back! I (re)discovered that a funny and kitsch way is the best way for me to create and to speak my truth ! I’ll keep on doing so in the New Year.

But first. Today. I want to convince you to stop wasting your time and energy on things like negative people (on social media or in real life) and negative television like main stream media. Personally I stopped using my personal Facebook account to stop getting overwhelmed by all the different opinions about a very hot and contagious topic ! And I recommend it! We can’t change people’s colours but we can color our own lives and give some of our best colours to the world !

In the new year I’ll keep focussing on spreading Love, Joy and Laughter because somehow, I’m convinced that I was created to do so ! We all have something to give and together we will change the world ! For the better !

See you later !

Love, Myrthe

P.S. The picture is an image (a painting) I created for a Poster Challenge of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. In 2019. It was the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair and the theme was about creating a better world. It was only once I created it that I realized that it was a National contest and I was automatically disqualified as I’m a Dutch woman living in France. The painting is hanging on my wall ever since and this year, 2021, it started to speak to me more than ever… It’s only by giving eachother a hand, a hug. by embracing our differences and sending our own best colours into the universe that we can create a great new world ! I changed the words of the sign for the occasion. « Bethel Woods Center for the Arts » is now : « A New World is born ! »

Nature Morte 1


In French, a still life is called a nature morte which means « Dead Nature ». I like « Still Life » much better as it sounds more positive but in this case « Nature Morte » perfectly describes my feeling and message behind this work. Spring 2021 I picked up some trash and some flowers at the local riverside. I dried the flowers in a book and the dead nature came to live! Collage made with acrylic paint on cardboard fitted into a wooden frame from the fleamarket.

The Rubber Chicken Rescue Committee

Today I want to introduce you to The Rubber Chicken Rescue Committee (RCRC) also called « The Chicks »

The Chicks were found in a shop of a destocking company in May 2021. They were screaming out loud at me. I couldn’t miss them ! I paid 50 cents for each to take them home. Calmed down a bit now as they are very happy with their new job but when they get excited about an item the studio transforms into a real chicken coop ! The Chicks are in charge of the Trash Finds. They decide wether a thing is ‘Haute Couture’, ‘Art’ or simply Trash that belongs in the trash can. They pose like top models and motivate me to keep on picking up trash in the streets or at the riverside.

Here’s a photo series! To be continued …

Princess Trash 2

Yesterday I took Princess Trash to the place where we found her plastic castle! She doesn’t talk much so I really don’t know her story (yet) but when I asked her to help me raise awereness of plastic waste she said yes! We did a little ‘mise en scène’ at the riverside and today the local library is sharing the photos on Facebook and via email to library members so everybody can see them.

Princess Trash, found at the riverside in Champsanglard. Looking for her plastic castle at the beach of Anzême. She says: »My castle fell in the water »
The Lost Castle found at the beach of Anzême. It says: »I lost my Princess »
and they lived happely ever after for at least 500 years (« I love you – Me too »)

Princess Trash

It was a beautiful day in May. We cleaned up part of the riverside with some local people. When I found this little plastic creature in between all the plastic trash it gave me a big smile on my face. I put it in my little bag and told everybody that I found a garden gnome. Some might have think it was strange that this little find could make me so extremely happy but I saw it as a sign. A sign of life in the middle of all this plastic waste. A sign of hope for our planet. A step in the right direction to change the world. I kept it in my bag for a couple of weeks and then put it on the old fireplace mantel in my home. Waiting for a story …

The day before yesterday we went for a walk at the riverside and we found a plastic castle. « A lost castle » I called it. I didn’t link it immediately to the little plastic creature but when I woke up this morning I just knew it. It’s not a garden gnome ! She’s a princess ! It’s Princess Trash ! We found her Lost Castle !!! Oh My Goodness ! I’m not sure how the rest of story goes but I’ll let you know when I found out ! To be continued…

The Wonder Garden Online

It was kind of a heartbreaking but right decision. The only way to go on creating Art from the Heart and keep on looking myself and others straight in the eyes.

The local third place where the Spirit of Openness and Sharing was key is now closed to part of the public. No more Culture for people who do not wish to show a valid QR code to be Accepted.

As I want my Art to be for Everybody who Choose to see it, my Wonder Garden Project will be moved from the local garden to this place online. Let it be your Free Choice to follow me here!

I adjusted the description a bit … before writing a new one

‘The Wonder Garden’ is still my new Art Challenge. I’ll be making Art and asking myself and you the question : « How can I really, with my Art, raise awareness about the state of our planet ?« , while creating stories about biodiversity in the garden of the ‘third place’ in my street. As I live in an apartment I will imagine a garden ’m very happy with my new playground. I will learn lots of beautiful things, I can feel it! . During my new project I’ll count on you friends-artists-gardeners and others to inspire me and give me advice. I’ll do my best to inspire you and to share the great things I learn!

TO BE CONTINUED 😉

Plastic Free July – the Winners

The 2 goals for this Plastic Free July were:

1.See if we can drink more tap water (maybe by using a filter?)

2.Create with Plastic Bottles, recycle them, make Art!

Well I can tell you that I drank tapwater and I will be drinking more!

The first tapwater I tasted was purified with Ceramic Rings and the taste was ok!

While I’m writing this there’s a piece of Active Charcoa in a bottle of tapwater doing its job!

Testing, testing and now wondering how I’am going to collect plastic bottles to create as I will buy not that many of them anymore. Yes I will be creating with plastic bottles in the Wonder Garden! As you can see at the picture I now have an old suitcase full of Plastic Bottle Pieces and that’s only a start 😉

The most Simple and Fun idea I found to recycle a little plastic bottle is THE SHAKER or MARACA! Easy to make and so much fun to play with! No need to cut the bottle. Just put some rice (or something else to make the noise) in the bottle and decorate it. I made a collage from supermarket promotions using Varnish Glue!

If you make one HAVE FUN!

Plastic Free July

Today I found out that it’s « Plastic Free July ». It’s about choosing to refuse single use plastic. Or at least try it!

I will be using this « plastic free » theme to become aware of how many single plastic I still use even though we do alot of our grocery shopping at local markets with our own bags. In our case, the biggest single use plastic item we use is a waterbottle! As the tapwater in the village is often not good we drink bottled mineral water.

Very recently I started to keep the empty bottles with the plan to create something with them. I’m impressed by the number. In no time I could fill the appartment with empty water bottles. At the pictures you only see some blue ones.

I’m setting myself 2 goals for this Plastic Free July.

1.See if we can drink more tap water (maybe by using a filter?)

2.Create with Plastic Bottles, recycle them, make Art!

To start I created a Pinterest Board with Plastic Bottle Art Ideas. Feel free to follow me or to create with me. When I start creating I’ll share with you how I do it!

To be continued …