copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
The Blue Pear
approx. 7"h x 5w"
gouache and ink on hp watercolor paper
I've been back at some gouache paintings this week and thought I'd post this one (while I still am writing up the last two posts about my October trip in France...). I'm using Royal Talens and Schmincke Horadam gouache paint; I love the Schmincke gouache paint - excellent paint. The ink work is done with the Sakura Micron Pigment pens. Among the many beauties of working in gouache, is that the colors of the original painting translate so well onto a computer screen - hardly any need to adjust anything, even when you photograph the image on a cloudy, dreary, Dutch day! The weather here has been sooooo dreary and rainy...alas, whatcha gonna do?!
I've also been re-reading a medieval history book that I purchased back in 1981, "Life in a Medieval City" by Joseph and Frances Gies. I was surprised to see the book is still available on Amazon. It's very well written, scholarly but not boring; an engaging book even for the non-student of medieval history. The authors relate the ins & outs of daily life in Troyes, France circa 1250 A.D., though much of it could be related to any medieval city of the 13th century. I found the section on what a "wet nurse" had to eat, to keep her milk good for a nursing baby, was rather interesting - "white bread, good meat, rice, lettuce, almonds and hazelnuts, and drink good red wine. If her milk fails, she eats peas, and beans and gruel boiled in milk. She avoids onions, garlic, vinegar and highly seasoned foods".
No mention of blue pears! ;o)