listening to you

By Rachel Awes on February 7, 2014

this lovely artist is sandra van doorn

sandra van doorn green hair rachel's web 3

sandra van doorn laying rachel'sweb 2

“i always loved the idea of living in a fairytale. (without the witches of course).

i draw for a living and my work sits in that blurred line somewhere between reality and imagination – a place where anything is possible.

when i created mademoiselle i really wanted to celebrate uniqueness.

being different – sometimes a little strange – is what makes us truly beautiful (i am sure you all agree).

for most of my work i use an IKEA pencil (yes the one you get for free), derwent colorsoft pencils, soft pastels,  left over bits of papers, some digital collage and a lot of my own emotions.

i then let mademoiselle come to life on my paper, i never really plan what i am going to draw, but i do hope you like it as much i love creating it!”

if you would like your art/photography referencing listening here, please email me with 1-2 attachments, your links + short bio to

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  1. sandra says:

    Thanks you Rachel for being fabulous + inspirational + beautiful ! x

  2. Lisa Graham says:

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful art of my beautiful friend! I love Sandra’s work and have followed her for a long time now. And Mademoiselle brings such a comfort when I see her…a pretty, friendly and familiar face.

  3. I love that she uses the free ikea pencils
    and the amazing whimsy she taps into from her own unique
    and quite beautiful
    what joy her work brings.
    thanks for sharing, dear Rachel:)

  4. rachel awes says:

    i love that too, jennifer!

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