Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Struggle & Survive

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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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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Volunteers & Visitors

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"Volunteers by the Wall"
pen & ink w/watercolors, in Moleskine sketchbook
May, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

I don't know how the seeds of these orange poppies found their way into my garden. Since a lot of the garden is full of 'happy surprises' which we didn't plant, these lovely little poppies are welcomed to stay.  The orange poppies seem to like the tiny space between the brick wall and the patio ground, so we're not moving them. :o) We have some large purple poppies that have 'volunteered' too, but they aren't blooming yet. I think next month the purple poppies will be in full bloom. 

We also have some welcomed 'visitors' to our garden ....
A bumble bee, with a very heavy load of pollen on its leg, enjoying one of our pansies.
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"Bumble on a Pansy"
May, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

A swan couple paid us a visit. They probably have a nest, not too far away, at the end of our canal.
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"Mr. & Mrs. Swan"
May, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

It's been many years since we've had swans in the canal. It's really nice to see them again. :o)




tot ziens,
Judy
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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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