Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Frist Sign of Spring - Snowdrop in colored pencil.











.drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
First Sign - Snowdrop - February 2011
2.5" x 3.5" - ACEO size *NFS*
colored pencils on white stonehenge paper

I saw my first snowdrop yesterday, albeit in a neighbor's garden. The Common Snowdrop (Latin name: Galanthus nivalis) is always such a welcomed arrival, and so sweet to see ... imo.

In the Dutch language, they are called Gewoon Sneeuwklokje (literally translated: common - snow - clock/bell). I think that's a fitting name for a plant that heralds the impending change of seasons.

Alas, we have never planted any snowdrops, although it is something we have been meaning to do but never got around to it. Ahh well, next fall perhaps we'll plant some. We do have crocus planted though and they are starting to come up too! I'll have to draw, or paint, one of them sometime soon. :)

For the little drawing of the Snowdrop I used:
  • Stonehenge paper - white
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils
  • Prismacolors colored pencils
  • Caran d'Ache Pablo colored pencils

Come on Spring!

tot ziens,
Judy
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2 comments:

Meisie said...

Beautiful! They are a favourite of mine, I have to go see if ours are poking out yet.
I'm looking forward to seeing your crocus too!

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Meisie!
Our corucus are way too early and they're really small. All the tulips are peeking out now too, which is really too early. I hope we don't get another hard frost or those shoots will be toast!

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