Friday, July 13, 2007

They've returned from France and we have a new souvenir!

First up, we'd like to show you what our "mom" did on her summer vacation, June - July 2007.
Moleskine work ... of course!
Using: Sigma Micron pens & ink, Winsor & Newton pan watercolors, Yarka pan watercolors, van Gogh & Caran d'Ache watercolor pencils, Derwent Graphtints, Prismacolor water-soluable graphite pencils ... and a lot of inspiration (that's what France is for!).

Mons-Boubert (mostly the house & things around it) and a trip to the Somme bay village of Le Crotoy - département Somme, Picardie. (click on image block to enlarge)
© 2007, Judith Nijholt-Strong

Normandie - département Calvados - Omaha Beach and Bayeux
They took a trip down to Normandie to visit the American War Memorial & Cemetery in Colleville sur Mer. Then over to city of Bayeux (they stayed over one night) - home to the Bayeux Tapestry ( a very long embroidery that chronicals the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and was created in the 11th century). Yes, they did see the tapestry and it's one of the 50 great art treasures, in "mom's opinion", of the world - most impressive according to "mom"! And yes, they did bring back a bottle of Calvados! hee hee!

Omaha Beach - you'll notice those Kermits got to go on this trip... totally unfair, in our opinions (click on image blocks to enlarge)
© 2007, Judith Nijholt-Strong

Bayeux (click to enlarge...we hope)

© 2007, Judith Nijholt-Strong

"Mom"sketching in Bayeux and yes, the beer was good too!

Further afield in Picardie - Doullens and St. Riquier
A day trip over to villages of Doullens & St. Riquier - both in the département Somme, Picardie. The weather was very un-predictable that day - one moment hard rain, the next bright blue skies.

© 2007, Judith Nijholt Strong

Nord Pas de Calais - Berck & Berck Plage
(A day at a very cold beach! click to enlarge)

© 2007, Judith Nijholt-Strong

Really further afield to Gerberoy - département de l'Osie, Picardie. What a gorgeous village! The Impressionsit painter Henri Le Sidaner lived here and was the the impetous for all the beautiful flowers (especially the roses) that the villagers are still very proud of growing. Well worth the visit... so "mom" and "dad" say.
© 2007, Judith Nijholt Strong

Back at the house in Mons-Boubert.
This is the view of the out-buildings from the side, back garden of the house they stayed in. The former "manor house" is in the background on the right hand side of this image.
"The Last Time" copyright 2007, Judith Nijholt-Strong
Little did "mom" know that when she was painting the image above, that it would be the final time she ever did so. The house and property are up for sale this coming fall. Our "mom & dad" will never be able to rent this place for summer again. Sad, because it was truly "magical", but this painting/sketch/drawing will always bring back delightful memories of wonderful summers spent there.

A pic of "mom"doing the sketch/drawing/watercolor above... she sat for a good long time in that cold grass, until the skies threatened more rain. It was a beautiful and peaceful afternoon, and she will indeed miss this place very much.

Now for the most important part of this blog post ... this is what "mom & dad" brought us back as a souvenir.
Our very own mechanical, French, mouse!!!
We're thrilled! We're off now to play with our mouse ...

Tot ziens!
Finn & Sacha


Charne said...

Oh what fun! Love that mechanical mouse....tooo funny!

Judy your work is wonderful, as always! from the landscapes to the intimate details of the cookies. A pure joy to look at! and you saw THE TAPESTRY! Oh double WOW!!! What a special treat.

I hope you had the chance to look around for another nice place to rent next year?

I'm heading over to WC to hopefully see bigger images ;-)

Thanks so much for a glimpse into your holiday and your work!

Glad the Kermits stayed out of trouble.....LOL

Mary said...

Judy, it is always such atreat to read your blog. Amazing pictures and your work is always first class.

I'd love to see Sasha and Finn play with that mouse! :)

Katherine said...

Very nice Judy. I think I like the architecture and the beach ones the best.

If you had weather like we've been having weather then I guess you got a bit chilly - when is summer going to start?

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks for looking & commenting Mary & Katherine.

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Ook bedankt Charne! My mind is not on this right now... het spijt me.


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