You probably have come to this website because you would love to make art.

Maybe you are already painting on a regular basis; maybe you are just starting out. Or maybe you haven’t begun yet and would love to get ideas how to start painting and live the creative life.

If so, you are in the right place. This website is all about creativity and making art. About how life-giving it is, how much potential for growth it has, and how much happiness it can give you.


But art-making is not always easy.

If you are making art, the chances are that you bump into all kinds of hindrances now and then.

Maybe you recognize the following:

  • You start with enthusiasm, but you get stuck because the negative and critical voices take over.
  • You have the feeling you are copying others – you can’t seem to find your voice and style.
  • You keep doubting about your art, so painting isn’t the free-flowing activity that you long for.
  • You find it difficult to keep your art fresh and alive.
  • You never seem to find time for your art and establish a regular art practice.

I have been in all those places, and find myself regularly in them again.

But I firmly believe that it is so worthwhile to keep going on this journey of making art. Getting stuck is part of this adventure, and it is de the challenge to paint yourself to the other side of fear and doubt. Making art is a miraculous thing, and everybody is born with the inherent capacity to do it. So why not do it?

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About ArtNow

Details of the daily painting of Simone Nijboer on the about page. Dutch painter, abstract artist, creativity teacher
Details of the daily painting of Simone Nijboer on the about page. Dutch painter, abstract artist, creativity teacher

Make Art Now!


With this website, I hope to inspire you to start making art now!

  • I write weekly a weekly blog about art-making, creativity and about personal growth through making art. I will create tutorials and write about practical stuff like tools and materials.
  • I wrote a free workbook, titled ‘Make Art Now’ to give you a first incentive to start making art today with very cheap and simple materials, In this book I give you art-making assignments that will cost you only five minutes to complete. You receive it if you subscribe to my weekly updates. In those updates I try to encourage you to start and continue your own art-making practice.
  • I also write a blog about my own daily painting. If you want you can take a look in my studio-life and follow along with my art-practice.

About me

About me


My name is Simone

Since long I wanted to paint. I tried it, but dropped painting again – until a  couple of years ago, when I started painting on a more or less daily basis – and loved it! (You can read my complete painting history here – including the seven things that helped me establish this art practice).

Daily painting changed my life, and I am so passionate about it. That’s why I started this blog. I would love to inspire you to let your creativity flow and start making art – even (or maybe especially) if you have never painted.

I am Dutch, which explains why you will sometimes find a few ‘Dutchisms’ throughout the text. Writing in English is not always easy, but I keep on learning 😉

I am married and I have two beautiful children of 15 and 17 years old. Becoming a mother always was one of my biggest wishes, and I am so happy that this wish came true. My children are getting older, and they get more and more independent. I find it beautiful to be part of their adventure of growing up.

I love singing (I’m a choir singer). I’m an introvert, and love being in nature. I try to go hiking whenever it is possible. The Netherlands are flat – and I love mountains, so whenever it is possible we try to go there.


I hope you will join my art-jouney! If you have any questions, please let me know!




Simone Nijboer, Dutch abstract artist, online art teacher, daily painter, creativity accelerator

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