Sunday, August 31, 2014

Last of the Wild Peaches

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drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. Do Not Copy - Do Not Pin
"A Wild Peach"
pen & ink with watercolors, on recycled paper
August 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands


It's not only the last day of August, but it's also the last day of my hoard of wild peaches ... so I drew one.

The first time, in my life, that I saw wild peaches was at an open-air market here in the Netherlands. I wasn't sure what I was looking at; I thought they were odd doughnuts. :o))! Then I looked up and saw the words "wilde perzik" on the sign above them and realized they were "wild peaches" (wilde perzik (singular) wilde perziken (plural)). I now prefer wild peaches over "normal" peaches.

Wild peaches have the most beautifully sweet white flesh, interesting shape and multicolored skin ... perfect for drawing/painting and then eating!



tot ziens,
Judy
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Happy Birthday, Sacha - she's 10 today!

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"Sacha is a real Dutch Masterpiece"
Tenth birthday pic. :o)
August 6, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Gefeliciteerd / Happy Birthday to our little "kat in klompen" !


:o)
Judy

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Pink & Green

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"Pink & Green"
Pen & Ink with watercolors, in Moleskine sketchbook
July 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

It's been a good year for the hydrangeas (hortensias) in our garden but, alas, they are fading fast now!

Despite all I did to keep watering things in the garden, after a few very hot and dry weeks here in the Netherlands, the once vibrant colors of the hydrangeas have pretty much disappeared. Oh well, they were gorgeous while they lasted. 

The good news is that autumn is just around the corner, (my favorite season), and I can't wait! :D



tot ziens,
Judy
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Struggle & Survive

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drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. 
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"Struggle & Survive: 
Climbing Rose in Château-Chervix, France"
pen & ink with watercolors in Moleksine sketchbook
June 10, 2014 ~ Château-Chervix, Limousin, France

Oh my, it's been awhile since I've posted to my blog - err, life has a way of getting in the way. We're back from a few weeks vacationing in France ... and then the days filled-up with house cleaning, having the outside of the house painted, clearing/cleaning our over-grown garden and well, all the other stuff of life. Oh, and watching time fly by and not blogging!

The drawing/watercolor above, in my Travels in France (vol.6)  moleskine, is of a climbing rose on the outside of the rental house in the Limousin region of France. We stayed for three weeks with small day trips around the region and into the Dordogne region as well. The rose, struggling to survive against the stone wall of the house, is an old rose. It's been there a long, long time, but it's managing to still climb & bloom.

My Kermits also had a great time in France, as they always do. We took them to a hamlet fête, in Lageyrat. They've been here before, but this time they really didn't want to leave.
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"The Kerms at Fête de Lageyrat"
May 25, 2014 ~ Lageyrat, Limousin, France

Alas, good times do have to come to an end (I told them, but I don't think they were listening). It's all about struggling and surviving. :o)



tot ziens,
Judy
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