Friday, July 10, 2015

Drawing the "potager", in Château-Chervix, France.

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"View of the potager (kitchen garden)"
pen & ink with watercolors, in Moleskine sketchbook
June 2015 ~ Château-Chervix, France


copyright ©2015, Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
"Me - drawing "the potager""
June 2015 ~ Château-Chervix, France

Whan I started that drawing/watercolor, the owner of the rental house hadn't hung any clothes on the line. However, the next day when I wanted to finish the pen & ink part of the drawing, she had hung up some towels! Obviously, I had to add them in - even though I think I got the perspective all wrong...lol.

So, lesson learned: "Never put off till tomorrow, what you can do today." - even when you're on vacation! :o)


Judy
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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Mostly Blues, Violets & Greens ...

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"Campanulas"
watercolors with pen & ink on paper
June 2015 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Our garden, at the moment, is mostly filled with shades of green and a smattering of blues, blue violets, and violets. I didn't plan this color scheme, but up until now it's been a coolish spring into summer here and my 'showy' red and yellow tulips are long gone. The 'smattering' is provided by the campanulas that are currently in bloom.

The campanulas come back every year; they usually take over unless I thin them out. But it's a reliable plant, so I mostly let it sprawl where it wants to. :)

Tomorrow we're off to France for a month, so I won't see the reds, magentas and yellows that are yet to appear in our garden until I return! I hope they do well without me worrying over them. :D lol


au revoir,
Judy
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Before they died: Drawing a 'Lily Flowered Tulip' in my garden


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"Tulip Elegans"
colored pencils and ink on drafting film
May 2015 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Last fall, around November, we were unable to replant a lot of the tulip bulbs that we had lifted after they had bloomed and died back in the Spring of 2014. However, much to our surprise, some of the bulbs we didn't lift (or we had missed) bloomed again this Spring! How nice for us. :o)

The tulip in the drawing above is a lily flowered variety (because the shape of the petals resembles a lily) named "Elegans Red". It is (was) so pretty.

I'm amazed they came back again ... but they're all gone now. :o( As soon as their leaves die back in about a month, we'll be lifting the bulbs and, hopefully, we will replant them in the fall of this year. We also just might buy a different variety of  'lily flowered' tulips bulbs to add to these!


tot ziens,
Judy
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