Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Paris Trip, Part One (the sketches) - - - - Reisje naar Parijs, Deel Een ( de schetsen)

Our human "parents" (ouders) returned safe & sound, although they are missing Paris a lot.
We're going to do this Paris trip report in seperate posts... too much info otherwise.

The Sketches - De Schetsen!

Our "mom" did get some sketching time in while in Paris ... so much to see, so much to do, so much to consider & be inspired by, and never enough time!

All sketches were done in her large regular Moleskine sketchbook that she has dedicated to her trips to France. It's almost half full now!

She used Derwent Graphitints colored pencils, van Gogh watercolor pencils, a few of her favorite colors of Winsor & Newton half-pan Artists watercolors, her Kuretake waterbrush, her da Vinci travel brush and her favorite ink pens: Sakura Microns. She's learned to not take so much with her on these city trips, as she's discovered she rarely uses it all. Sometimes it is comforting to have everything available especially on the long summer trips, 'tis true, but, uhmm, it makes a travel bag rather heavy to lug on Paris metros and mom is a self-declared lazy artist!! *heh heh*

Derwent Graphitints are not the most lightfast of colored pencils, but they afford the twin luxury of being part graphite pencil (easy to erase if you have to - we hope she doesn't have to do that too often ... LOL) and part watercolor pencil for a bit of color when desired. Besides, these sketches are in a book that probably will not see much of the light of day, so lightfastness is not a big issue here. Mom says for sure she can not do without her collection of different sizes of the Micron pens... absolutely loves them, those she will lug around! *wink*

We've ganged up some of her sketches here for you.
(click image to enlarge - easier to see the sketches)

All work copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong, 2007

We'll be back with more on the Paris trip, uhmm, sometime in Feb. - some photos of Paris, a few tales (tails?) the humans told us and some photos of a "certain frog" that gets to go on these trips with them. You know, we like frogs too ... preferably on a bed of lettuce! *growl*
We might show you a souvenir the human's brought back for us ... Oh yeah, we did get some French salmon paté as a giftee! Lekker!!!

Tot ziens,

Finn & Sacha

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Katherine said...

Oh goodie - I'm looking forward to seeing what you've done.

I love the way you've got all the sketches onto one image.

Finn & Sacha said...

Thanks Katherine.
It looks better, of course, when you click on the image. I didn't want to post so many on the blog, so I thought it better to gang them up. ( well actually these were all I was able to get done in Paris!lol).

Blogger was giving me fits yesterday...the image kept not showing up...looks a litle blurry on the post page...oh well.

I have a thread over at WetCanvas in the AFL forum if you want to see them individually and larger.

I enjoyed doing the sketches very much this time..especially the one from the balcony.


Charne said...

Those spoilt cat 'brats' :-) salmon paté nogal!

Love love love the sketches!

paris parfait said...

Judy your sketches are just beautiful! It was so much fun meeting you and Auke (and the frog). :) xo

Finn & Sacha said...

Thanks Charne! xxxooo

And Thanks Tara!..."the frog" will never ever forget meeting you, even if he did have to dance in front of the waiters! LOL
xxxoooo :-)

Judy, Prince Auke & "de katten"

MrsSnowy said...

Terrific, beautiful sketches, Judy. I missed them on WC so will not go hunting over there for the full size. Sounds like a delightful holiday!


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