Wednesday, July 29, 2009

France Summer 2009 Moleskine Drawings - Normandy contd. ...

Ok, by request (see comment from Meisie in previous post... lol), some more drawings from my Moleskine dedicated to the trips to France.

copyright 2009, Judith Nijholt-Strong
left: "Msr. Peeps, the 'surveillant' in his house in Normandy, Summer 2009"
right: "Hydrangeas on the table in Normandy, Summer 2009"
watercolors, pen & ink in Moleskine sketchbook

When we arrived at the gite in Normandy, there was a lovely bouquet of hydrangeas (in dutch "hortensias") on the table in the rental house. So, I drew them ... of course. And this time I also drew the Ferme aux Canards' "head duck"... the "surveillant" (the grounds keeper/protector). He's the great-grandson duck of the first "surveillant. I call him "Msr. Peeps" because his quack is less like a quack and more like a tiny chicken's peep. hahahaha. He also likes to eat apples... another "gourmand".

A smaller rental house at the Ferme aux Canards.

copyright 2009, Judith Nijholt-Strong
"The Little Gite - Ferme aux Canards - Normandy, France - Summer 2009"
watercolors, pen & ink, Moleskine sketchbook

Hang on, my opinion on Moleskine journals coming up :
I use the Regular Moleskine Sketchbooks, not the watercolor one and not the plain paper one. I don't like the paper in the watercolor Moleskine and I really don't like the format or the perforated pages of it. I don't use the plain paper Moleskines because they are too thin. I've become used to/accustomed to using the Regular Moleskine Sketchbook for these French travel journals of mine. They suit me fine and give me the versatility to use any medium I choose in them ( I've even used egg-tempera in them) ... whereas, that watercolor Moleskine just doesn't cut it for me.

The above drawing is of a smaller gite on the property. It's very cute/cozy in real life ... but, we stayed in the bigger house ...

photo copyright 2009, Auke Nijholt

That's just a photo of the view towards our car parked at the side of the rental house. Msr Peeps' house is right next to this house - saw him everyday. Auke took this pic, btw, he loves his French conveyance, the Peugeot 407 ... lol

French bakeries are my weakness!
Of course, I tasted every treat I could get my hands on ...yummmm. This is a watercolor and pen & ink drawing of some almond tarts bought at a bakery in the city of Fécamp. Fécamp, a large fishing port town, is about a 30 minute drive away - a good thing! :o)

copyright 2009, Judith Nijholt-Strong
"Les Almendines de Fécamp - Normandy, France - Summer 2009"
watercolor, pen & ink, Moleskine sketchbook

Dont you just love that tablecloth? It was hidden under layers of newer cloths on this table. I had to remove 3 tablecloths on top of it to "discover" the cute duck motif - I didn't like the ones the owners had put on top, LOL. Although, truth is, the further down the layers I went, the worse the wear on the cloths - but this one seems more fitting for the Duck Farm (Ferme aux Canards).

We stayed in Normandy at the end of our vacation this year ... I seem to do more at this location than at any other. Maybe it's Desireé the donkey's fault ... or Msr. Peep's fault ? heh heh

Next time I'll post the Moleskine drawings done from the first part of our summer in France - in the Limousin and the Perigord regions (and probably another few from

au revoir,


Meisie said...

Whoot! Thank you Judy! The drawings are as charming as know how much I like your drawings of all those delectable goodies you're meeting up with....and the florals are beautiful...but I must say, that duck one is wonderful!(and the table cloth = perfect!!)

Did kermit have a good time this year? and was Sacha pleased with the gifts?


J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Bedankt Meisie ;o)

Oh yes, the kermits enjoyed themselves... I will show you, hang on a bit. Got to resize those pics. LOL

Sacha was less thrilled with her gift this time...but she's spoiled anyway!

heh heh


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