And then I was standing naked myself… on TV!

The time ticks until the episode of TV program De Nieuwe Vermeer program I’m participating in will be on air. I can’t share anything about my entry yet, you’ll have to watch the show for that. Will it be a photo, a painting, or something completely different?

What I can say is that it was a very fun experience, with a lot of uncertainties during the creation process, vlogging, and all the TV recordings. As you may have already understood, it’s a unique TV concept. It’s not a competition like you often see, with candidates competing against each other. No, it’s a program where you work on a piece from your own studio. You don’t know who’s participating or with what. You’re essentially competing from your own studio with invisible artists. This was a great learning experience for me, as a control freak. It’s a big TV production where I’m exposed to a national muti-million audience. I can assure you, it’s quite nerve-wracking!

I quickly realized that the only thing you can do is stay true to yourself and work from your own strengths. That’s exactly what I want to convey with my own work, staying true to your own purity, because that’s where your real strength lies. Stepping out of your comfort zone from your own strength gives you both the safety and the excitement needed for self-development. And that’s one of the reasons why I participated.

Creating the artwork was a real challenge because I not only had to take care of the artistic aspects but also had to consider the limited time and resources I had. But it was also great to be able to show my creativity and work alongside other talented artists.

In addition to creating the artwork, there was much more to it. Vlogging was very exciting, even though I’ve been in front of the camera before. Making vlogs turned out to be very different, as even an experienced presenter like Dionne Stax found out. It was also interesting to see how the TV program was created and to experience what it’s like to be in front of national TV cameras, which was new to me.

But one thing was for sure: I’m glad I wasn’t in the director’s chair. Although I could share my creative process, it was ultimately up to the director to take control and make the program a success. At this moment, I truly have no idea what will or won’t make it on air.

In short, I’m very happy to have been a part of this TV program, and I look forward to seeing the final result very soon! Will you be watching with me?

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