Friday, April 20, 2007

Back from Berlin, the sketches ..... Terug uit Berlijn, de schetsen

Our humans have returned from Berlin ( hoera!)

Here are the sketches our "mom" did while there. All sketches were done on site in her Moleskine sketchbook, using Derwent Graphitints, Derwent InkTense and van Gogh watercolor pencils with Sakura Micron ink pens. Because you can't take pictures of the interior of the Schloss Charlottenburg (summer palace originally built by Friedrich III Elector of Prussia and his wife Sophie-Charlotte), "mom" figured the best way around that restriction was to simply just draw it! ;-)

In order as they are in the Moleskine. First page with collaged ticket stubbs from the Berliner Dom Cathedral and the Mauermuseum (Berlin Wall Museum) and sketch of the "White Room" at the Schloss Charlottenburg (where they couldn't take pics inside).
©2007. Judith Nijholt-Strong

Schloss Charlottenburg- Green & Gold Ballroom in the new wing later added on to the original palace by Frederick the Great (Friedrich the III of Prussia). Green & gold were Frederick the Great's favorite colors. Lots of gold guilding everywhere. Supposed to make visitors feel as though they were dancing in a garden.
©2007. Judith Nijholt-Strong

Schloss Charlottenburg back garden and winged sculpture. Mom told us that the garden was so huge it was more like a private park and that we could have lots of flower beds to play in... hmm, when are we moving in? ;-)
©2007. Judith Nijholt-Strong

German History Museum window and Street lamp on the famous "Unter den Linden".
©2007. Judith Nijholt-Strong

Various patterns around Berlin. The bottom right square is from the Ishtar Gate (ca. 650B.C., Babylon) in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.
©2007. Judith Nijholt-Strong

Stone head sculpture (Greek or possibly Etruscan, "mom" forgot to write it down) in the Pergamon Museum.
©2007. Judith Nijholt-Strong

While they had a wonderful time in Berlin (really wonderful by all accounts), we're glad to have them back home. Some photos of Berlin to follow in another post, on another day. Life is sort of "busy" around our house these days.

Tot de volgende keer!
(Until next time)
Finn & Sacha
Links: Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg)


Pink Granite said...

Welcome home!
Your drawings are marvelous!
- Lee

Katherine said...

Stop messing around with those bits of fruit ;) You're obviously a big fan of ornament and frilly bits - which you do wonderfully well. And it makes a refresing change to see sketches like these.

I'm going to put a link to your Berlin Sketches on my travels with a sketchbook blog

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Lee! :-)

And thanks Katherine! :-)
Regarding me being a fan of "the frilly bits"!! I know!! Guilty!! I should get a job as a restorer of guilt frames ... oh, just htink of the nit-picking I could revel in! Thanks for the link too.


paris parfait said...

Judy your sketches are fantastic!

Charne said...

Simply terrific Sketches Judy!!!

You saw the Ishtar Gate? Am I ever jealous now....;-)

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Tara & Charne! *wave*

Charne: Yep, I saw the Ishtar Gate and it is magnificent. Amazing that it was made of glazed brick in 650 B.C. and it's HUGE!!!!


Robyn said...

I love Judy's eye for detail and it's always a bonus when I open this blog and find Mom has been sketching again.


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