Monday, March 15, 2010

Passing Time - ink drawing in Moleskine while in the car.

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drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Passing Time
pen & ink, a little colored pencil, in Moleskine sketchbook
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I did that drawing this past weekend, while travelling up to Leeuwarden, Friesland - for the funeral of our dear Uncle Johannes. I had two hours up and two hours back "travel time" to work on it. Thought it would be interesting to see if I could draw at least some of the landscape that I am so familiar with from so many trips up to Friesland, from out of the car window.
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I sat in the backseat and was amazed that I didn't get car sick while drawing - that is, as long as we were on the expressways. Drawing did start to make me ill when we got into the city with all the starting and stopping! I just sort of picked & chose what I'd put into "the scene" as it all sped by me, so it's sort of an amalgamation of things I saw along the way. As you can see in my drawing, Spring hasn't really "sprung" here yet (bare trees and brown grass), but I love the way the bare trees form such beautiful shapes along the flatlands of the Netherlands. btw, the other shapes are those modern, 3-armed ,windmills which there are a lot of up in Friesland.
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On the Road Again!
We've decided, after the depressing week we had last week, that we're going off to Leuven, Belgium this Wednesday for some time away. After having cancelled our trip to Gent (Ghent), we couldn't find a hotel we liked in Gent to try that again, but neither of us have been to Leuven before and the trip is only about as far as travelling up to Leeuwarden.
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Leuven looks very, very interesting and being an old (and current) university town with a lot of history, we think it will be a nice place to get away for a bit. Plus, there is an altarpiece by Rogier van der Wyden that is currently on display in the fine arts museum in Leuven, the M Museum, and the St. Peter's Church has 15th century artist's Dirk Bouts famous "Last Supper" painting - both of which I really want to see.

If it isn't pouring rain while we're in Leuven, I'll try to do some outside drawings in my Travels to Other Places Moleskine. If it is raining, I'll draw from inside by the hotel fireplace!! :o)
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tot volgende keer ( until next time),
Judy
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Link to a Wiki article about Leuven, Belgium
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