Thursday, November 22, 2007

Just a little note - Gewoon een klein briefje

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"Golden Pumpkin 2007" © Judith Nijholt-Strong
Winsor & Newton watercolors on Fabriano cold-pressed wc paper
11"w x 8"h (approx).

Just a little note to say that we hope all of our American friends here in Holland, around the world and back in the United States have a lovely and Happy Thanksgiving Day!

And for those of you who have been doing Google searches on "In November, is there Thanksgiving Day in Holland?" or "Do the Dutch celebrate Thanksgiving Day in Holland?" and finding this blog ... the answer is: No! (nee!)
Thanksgiving Day, in November, is not a Dutch holiday - it is uniquely American. When it is celebrated here, it's because some "lucky" Dutch person is either married to (or living with), an American (heh heh!! *wink*) . Or, a group of American ex-pats living in the Netherlands (or anywhere in the world, for that matter) get together to enjoy a feast and good company!

Here's what "we" did last year (this year will be much the same and I (Sacha) am looking forward to the left-overs - meowie!!) : A Belated Thanksgiving Wish - 2006

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE! :o)


About the watercolor above:
This watercolor was painted from life, not a photo. The watercolor paint is Winsor & Newton's Artists' Water Colour - in pans and in tubes (I use both).

I began with an underpainting in French Ultramarine Blue. Other colors layered on top were: Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, a little Sap Green and Brown Madder.

All darkest darks and blacks are a mix of French Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna (a lovely combination , imo). No tube or pan grays were used and I do not use tube or pan black paint - I mix my blacks and grays from complements.

Burnt Sienna in light washes, or combined with a little Cad. Yellow, also makes a very nice orange. For me, the most enjoyment in watercolors, as well as in my colored pencil pieces, comes from working with a limitted palette of colors.
~ Judith Nijholt-Strong



Tot volgende keer (until next time),
Sacha (de kat)
& Judy (her human "mom" )
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1 comment:

Sandy said...

What a beautiful painting.

sandy

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