Text, Photography, web design: © Cissi Driessen
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My name is Cissi. At the age of 17 I started with my studies as a translator and interpreter at the University of Antwerp, which I completed in 1991 (master). Then I went to University in Strasbourg, France for a year. I have also studied and worked in Spain, Greece and Italy. As well as Taupe STUDIO, I carry out translation and interpreting work on request on a freelance basis in English, New Greek, German, Italian, French and Spanish.
Areas of interest a.o.
Nature and our earth, language, the power of (positive) thinking and visualization, herbs, technology, the influence of nutrition on our feelings and behaviour, TCM, our self-healing capacity and the cooperation between body and mind, (gem)stones, neuropsychology, history, science & spirituality, economics.
In addition, I give advice on (bio-identical) hormones and the menopausal years in men and women; I am a member of the Hormone Network Munich (if interested, read further at the bottom of this page). I would also like to inspire people to a natural, holistic way of life based on a balance between body, mind and a nice interaction with your environment. With rest, regularity and natural nutrition as the starting point for health and happiness.
Peace of body and mind
and a healthy nutrition
have a direct influence
on our feelings, thoughts and choices
and therefore on Health and Happiness
'Happiness comes from Contentment' (Taupe STUDIO garden)
My inspiration: the art of being content
I am a content, grateful and happy person, I have a strong connection with nature, people and animals and I feel privileged to be able to take so much pleasure from the smallest, everyday things. That’s where I get my inspiration.
For my paintings, I work with acrylic on linen canvas and 45 mm thick aluminium frames. My work is abstract and my style is characterised by the thick paint, the large size and the sides of the canvas, which are also painted in detail.
I just created my first painting one day in 2010, I am an autodidact in every respect and I believe that, with self-confidence, willpower and simple hard work, anything is possible. When you put passion and commitment into something, it’s all great fun and good things come your way. My style developed naturally after that and the paintings now find their way to other countries too.
Choosing painting has meant there is hardly any stress in my life - one of the greatest pathogens of our time - and I have plenty of time for other people. I want to create moments of happiness and inspire people to be mindful and live in the moment more, through a wonderful combination of colours and composition.
Life is like a camera:
Focus on what's important
Capture the good times
Develop from the negatives
And if things don't work out
Take another shot
Making choices and scaling back
I am convinced that - by daring to make choices consciously and before it’s too late - we can have a lot of control over our lives and our own happiness. We just keep rushing on through our crazy, overfull society, where there is too much of everything. We are always busy but can't see the fact that we ourselves are the cause of this. We derive most of our identity from what’s on the outside.
I think this is largely because of the internet and social media, but we ourselves want to keep too many plates spinning too. It has caused a lot of stress and superficiality, which means that we don't pay enough genuine attention to one another, our children and the things we do.
I believe in a life closer to nature and in scaling back: being content (with less), finding peace in yourself and your own home, moments of calm spent together at the dinner table, live and let live, in short: quality over quantity.
Happiness is a way of travel
not a destination
By living my life in a positive and disarming way and passing this on to others, I try to inspire people to do the same wherever possible. If we could all be a little bit friendlier and mild, do more for each other and accept each other as we are, everything around us would immediately seem so much brighter. A smile or just a little compliment, you'll see that it spreads like wildfire and you get twice as much back. Karma!
"ALL CHILDREN ARE ARTISTS. THE PROBLEM IS HOW TO REMAIN AN ARTIST WHEN YOU GROW UP" (Picasso)