drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
"Sprig of Berries - 2010"
5"h x 5"w, approx.
Colored pencils & watercolor pencils on paper
This morning, we were out in our garden clearing up the last of the dead or dying plants and bushes. We had to bring in the rest of the ceramic pottery too, before the snow comes tomorrow. We're heading for some really cold weather (below freezing for at least 10 days) with, it appears, loads of snow. :o)
I brought the little snippet with the berries inside to draw. I have no idea what the bush/shrub is that this was cut from, as the bush was a "volunteer" in our garden many years ago. The birds love these berries, but I'm pretty certain these berries are not fit for human consumption. I wish someone could tell me what it is; I've seen the shrubs used as hedges all over Europe.
Fortunately, we did manage to get our tulip and daffodil bulbs planted last weekend, because it's insanely cold outside now; can't stay out there for too long and I don't like wearing garden gloves! Holland is in for another real hard winter, which means a lot of ice skating for those who do (not me!). Now if we can only find a snow shovel, we'll be happy. ;o)