Saturday, April 19, 2014

Daffs in the Garden - pen & ink

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"Jet Fire Daffs"
pen & ink, watercolor in Moleksine sketchbook
April, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Continuing on with my black & white "mode"- I've drawn & painted some daffodils in our garden here in the Netherlands. We have several clumps of daffodils still flowering in the garden, which is lovely! Watching them sway gently in the wind always seems to clam me down ... if I've got too many irons in the fire. My favorites are the "Jet Fire"daffodils: always easy to grow and very reliable...my kind of flower.

For those of you that celebrate - Have a Happy Easter! :o)



tot ziens,
Judy
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Back to Black & White : violet candies

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"A Tin of Violettes"
Pen & Ink w/watercolor, in Japanese Folded Moleskine
March 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Welcome Spring! It seems like it's always been Spring in the Netherlands since we've had such a mild winter - not a bit of snow and very little frost. Springtime makes me think of violets, but not necessarily the flowers. Having said that, my garden is full of violet, purple and lavender shades right now. Pretty, but I'm not drawing them ... yet. No, I'm drawing candy instead. I love violet candies. :o)

This drawing is in my Japanese Folded Molekine that I've dedicated to, (and titled), "Small Things on My Desk".
For the foreseeable future, I'm forgoing the use of color and concentrating mainly on just b/w drawings (with some grays, of course) ... because I truly enjoy the freedom and simplicity of pen and black ink.

Besides, there's enough color in my garden. :o)
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"Purple Corcus in My Garden"
March 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands




tot ziens,
Judy
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Blog Birthday # 8 - A different cupcake!

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"Blog Birthday #8 - A Different Cupcake"
crochet with glass beads
March 1, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Thought I'd do something different for this year's blog birthday. Instead of drawing or painting a cupcake, I crocheted a cupcake. This was fun to make and it's 'diet friendly' too! lol :o))


Meanwhile, Sacha, (the Kat-in-Klompen), is celebrating the blog's birthday by sleeping in her favorite chair.
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"Sacha Sleeping in Her Chair"
March 1, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

After 8 years of blogging, she's a little worn out ... so she says. 





:o)
tot ziens,
Judy & Sacha
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

On my desk ... "Threads and More Threads"

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"Threads and More Threads"
February 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands


My desk is a mass of colored threads and I love it!

This month of February I've been very busy working on a few projects not involving much, if any, drawing or painting - although sometimes I do work out color schemes with my watercolors or colored pencils. I'm really enjoying returning to my 'artistic roots' with  3-dimensional projects. The month of March will probably be filled with more threads upon threads as well ... and not much drawing.

I did take a few moments out today to draw an embroidery thread skein, just to keep the drawing 'chops' up.




tot ziens, 
or skeins...lol
Judy
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Friday, January 31, 2014

Photo Friday: It's The Year of the Horse!

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"A Gallop On the Beach of Vlieland"
January 2014 ~ Vlieland, Netherlands

Recently, we spent a few days on the Dutch Wadden Sea island of Vlieland, Netherlands. It was very cold but so worth the trip, (by ferry boat), to this small island. No cars are allowed on the island, (except for the permanent residents of the island), only bicycles and the occasional ... horse!

Walking on the beach of the North Sea side of the island, I was paying more attention to the sea shells and seagulls rather than the three horses that were galloping directly toward me! I looked up just in time to take the photo, as they raced on past me. At that time, I had no idea that this year, in the Chinese calendar, is the Year of the Horse! Maybe, (ha!), fortune will smile on me. :o)


Happy Chinese New Year,
the Year of the Horse!







tot ziens ... or not,
Judy
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

"Orchids in January" - moleskine drawing

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"Orchids in January, 2014"
pen & ink with watercolor, in small moleskine sketchbook
January, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

The month of January means I'm usually struggling to reorganize my tiny studio (i.e., throw out useless stuff that I squirrel away for no apparent reason). Consequently, I have little desire to do much drawing or painting ... or anything. The situation is the same this January.

However, I did stop to draw one of my new orchids in my moleskine I've dedicated to "Flowers Plants & Trees". The orchid was a Christmas gift and hopefully it will be "happy" in the place I've chosen for it in my living room; which at this point in time, is a far better place than in my studio! :D



tot ziens,
Judy
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