Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays from the Netherlands 2012 ~ Fijne Feestdagen vanuit Nederland 2012

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Happy Holiday Snowmen ~ December 2012
pen & ink, watercolors, gouache on cold-pressed watercolor paper
December  2012 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands
painting copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

We hope everyone has a very happy holiday season 
and a wonderful new year. :o)

Sacha, (the kat in klompen), and I are taking some time off to have some fun, get some paintings and projects completed and generally just try to relax. We'll return to the blog towards the end of January, 2013 (too much to do!).

Fijne Feestdagen en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!




cheers and tot ziens!
Judy & Sacha
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dec. 5th! Sinterklaasfeest Pakjesavond, 2012! Saint Nicholas Feast Gift Night, 2012!

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Tonight in the Netherlands, it's that time of year again when  Sinterklaas is busy delivering the gifts for pakjesavond (gift night)!

Sinterklaas in the Window of a Coffee & Tea Store
Utrecht, Netherlands ~ December 5, 2012
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

Today, I was in Utrecht's city center to look at all the lovely store windows dressed up for Sinterklaas and began to wonder what gifts the Sint (saint) might be delivering tonight?

Would some lucky person be getting some books?

Sinterklaas Books in a Bookstore's Window
Utrecht, Netherlands ~ December 5, 2012
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

Or maybe some new glasses to read those books?

Optician's Window for Sinterklaas
Utrecht, Netherlands ~ December 5, 2012
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

Oh my! Receiving a chocolate high-heel on pakjesavond would be really special!!

Chocolatier's Window for Sinterklaas - chocolate pumps!
Utrecht, Netherlands ~ December 5, 2012
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

Perhaps a lovely little red dress would be a nice surprise?

Red Dresses in a Shop on the Oudegracht
Utrecht, Netherlands ~December 5, 2012
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

For those who celebrate this happy evening, I hope whatever Sinterklaas brings you tonight, (be it large or small), puts a smile on your faces. :o)

This is my 7th year blogging about Sinterklaas  - I'm amazed! lol 
And with that, I wish everyone a very,
  Happy Sinterklaasfeest!
:o)


tot ziens,
Judy
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Autumn Leaves - Update in the Japanese Folded Moleskine

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Some more autumn leaves that I collected this week, from my garden here in the Netherlands, became subjects for my little 'visual story' in the Japanese Folded Moleskine ...

"It Began with a Drop in the Universe; My Random Visual Thoughts"
colored pencils, watercolors, pen & ink, in folded moleskine
Utrecht, Netherlands ~ November 2012
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

And a different view showing some previous pages ....

"It Began with a Drop in the Universe; My Random Visual Thoughts"
colored pencils, watercolors, pen & ink, in folded moleskine
Utrecht, Netherlands ~ November 2012
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.


This little story seems to be taking on the theme of changing seasons and time. Hmm, must be something weighing on my mind lately, I guess! Maybe there'll be snowflakes on the next pages, who knows?! It's my ongoing project (started in 2008), with some earlier pages obviously needing to be finished, but I'm enjoying the process very much. :o)


tot ziens,
Judy
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Greetings 2012

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Thanksgiving Greetings 2012 - Eet Smakelijk!
digital collage - ©2012 Judith Nijholt-Strong

Thanksgiving Day, in November, is not a Dutch holiday - it is uniquely American. 

When Thanksgiving is celebrated here in the Netherlands, it's because some "lucky" Dutch person is either married to, or living with, an American (heh heh!! *wink*). Or, a group of American ex-pats living in the Netherlands (or anywhere in the world, for that matter), get together to enjoy a feast and good company!

We wish everyone who celebrates, a very Happy Thanksgiving wherever you are in the world!

Eet smakelijk! (enjoy your T-day dinner!)

Sacha as a Pilgrim :o)


tot ziens,
Judy (the American)
& Sacha (the kat in klompen)

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Moleskine drawings from my October trip to France

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Chateau-Chervix, France
A view of the changing colors of the chestnut trees and the beautiful autumn sky from the large sliding glass windows in the kitchen of the rental house in Chateau-Chervix, France. I love this view and spend hours looking at it, especially in the mornings while having coffee.
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Autumn Colors in Chateau-Chervix
watercolors, pen & ink in moleskine sketchbook
October 2012 ~ Chateau-Chervix, France

We took a long walk near the rental house, on the forest route area of the Puy-de-Bar. Eventually, after walking on the winding & hilly forest path, we came across this farm that caught my eye - I think it was the sky again, as well as the silence, that impressed me so much.
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
 Farm Houses in Chateau-Chervix
watercolors, pen & ink in moleskine sketchbook
October 2012 ~ Chateau-Chervix, France

A trip to Carcassonne and Mirepoix, France
On this trip, we'd already planned an overnight down in Carcassonne, in  the Languedoc area of France. It's a 3.5 hour drive south from Chateau-Chervix, which is in the Limousin area of France, but we were determined to see it.

When we arrived in the medieval city, I was intrigued with the architectural details and interesting stonework I saw everywhere in Carcassonne, so I kept adding to this two page spread in my sketchbook. The 'fish face', (on the right side of the spread), is a water downspout. There were also many faces carved on the buildings in the medieval city - so interesting to me. Most of the faces were grimacing or sticking their tongues out. :p
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Ornamental Details and Stonework in Carcassonne
watercolors, pen & ink in moleskine sketchbook
October 2012 ~ Carcassonne, France

While the interior of the medieval city is indeed interesting, it's also a bit crowded with tourists and souvenir shops, even in the autumn of the year. At night, the old city was pretty empty of people and I enjoyed that a lot more (I'm a purist of sorts ... lol). I didn't do any drawings inside the center except the bits & bobs of  building details.

However, the walk between the inner ramparts and the outer ramparts was quite impressive and actually fairly empty of tourists - it was this part of Carcassonne that impressed me the most! Apparently, I like drawing lots of bricks ... with no people in the way ( lol). The massive structures of the ramparts and towers are amazing - especially amazing when set against a beautiful autumn sky.
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Walk Between the Ramparts in Carcassonne
watercolors, pen & ink in moleskine sketchbook
October 2012 ~ Carcassonne, France

Almost everyone who visits Carcassonne takes this photo of the entrance to the medieval city and, of course, I did too ...
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Carcassonne - Entrance to the Cité Medieval at Night
October 2012 ~ Carcassonne, France

We also visited the lovely town of Mirepoix, France, which is about an hour further south from Carcassonne. We stopped here for a late lunch and a look around, before heading back to Chateau-Chervix. I loved the giant plane trees that lined the streets in Mirepoix - so I drew them.
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Giant Plane Trees in Mirepoix
watercolors, pen & ink in moleskine sketchbook
October 2012 ~ Mirepoix, France

And my little Kermit had a coffee in Mirepoix. :o)
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Lil Kermit and his Huge Coffee in Mirepoix
October 2012 ~ Mirepoix, France

Back in the Limousin Region of France
In the fall, especially after a few good soaking rains, everyone is out foraging for the wild cepes mushrooms. We saw so many cars lined up along the roadsides by the forested areas where people would go to their "secret place" to hunt for the cepes. Cepes, which are truly delicious, are quite expensive in the markets and they're considered mushroom "gold" in the Limousin region. The owner of our rental house had harvested quite a basketful - I drew some of the cepes along with some sweet chestnuts that I had harvested.
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Foraging for Cepes & Sweet Chestnuts Around Chateau-Chervix
watercolors, pen & ink in moleskine sketchbook
October 2012 ~ Chateau-Chervix, France

Jumilac-le-Grand
We spent an afternoon in Jumilac-le-Grand. Having done the castle tour on a previous trip a few years ago, this time we just walked around the town a bit, bought another tee-shirt for my husband from the Jumilac tourist center (which has a display on the history of mining for gold & precious metals in the area), had coffees and teas and I drew part of the huge castle. It was another beautiful autumn day and the golden colors of the trees seemed to match perfectly with the golden color of the castle.
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Chateau Jumilac in Autumn
watercolors, pen & ink in moleskine sketchbook
October 2012 ~ Jumilac-le-Grand, France

I took a pic of myself drawing the castle - not an easy thing to do, the pic taking I mean! 
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved
Me drawing in Jumilac, France
October 2012 ~ Jumilac-le-Grand, France

A treat from Vicq-sur-Breuilh
On this trip, my husband decided to drive, every day, to the bakery in the neighboring village of Vicq-sur-Breuilh to get our morning baguette and croissants. One morning he came back with a special treat - a raspberry filled, raspberry macaron! Before I dived into it, I drew it ... and it was delicious!!
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Special Treat from Vicq-sur-Breuilh; a Raspberry Macaron
watercolors, pen & ink in moleskine sketchbook
October 2012 ~ Vicq-sur-Breuilh, France

And finally, the Kermits bought a donkey at a horse fair in the town of St. Yrieix-la-Perche (not far from Chateau-Chervix). Not just any donkey mind you, but an Ane Grand Noir du Berry! :o)
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Stong
all rights reserved.
My Kermits and Their Donkey in France
October 2012 ~ Chateau-Chervix, France


I have a few more drawings to post, but I'm  afraid those will have to wait for another time, maybe. I've fallen down the stairs again (*eye roll*), and sitting at the computer for very long periods at a time does my left leg no good! And though I also returned home with a persistent nasty head-cold, (and to a mountain of clothes to wash - c'est la vie hahaha), we had another glorious autumn vacation in France! Can't wait for Spring, when we'll return again to Chateau-Chervix. :o)


tot ziens,
Judy
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Monday, November 12, 2012

I'm back, I've a cold, I'm tired and I'm really sick & tired of the SPAM comments

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I've returned from my vacation with a massive head cold and just finished deleting what felt like a bazillion spam comments in the spam queue, so I'm re-posting this post from a few years ago (same problem then) ...

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"Children's Games"
Pieter Bruegel the Elder
1560
Oil on oak panel , 118 x 161 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien - Vienna, Austria


We don't post to this blog for a few weeks and the spammers think that they can post comments here.

Well, it's an exercise in futility because all comments are prescreened  by me and spammer comments don't get accepted, so they won't show up on this blog - you bloody fools.

Ga weg! ( go away!)

We thought the painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder was appropriate for this post ... for obvious reasons.

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I've been reading other folks' blogs and they too have been inundated with the spam in the comments. I'll repeat myself: Spam comments are never going to show up on this blog.

This needs to get sorted by Blogger and soon!

Hopefully, tomorrow I'll feel a bit better and will post my moleskine drawings from my October trip to France. Sorry for my rant above, but it's really aggravating all that spam, spam, spam.


doei,
Judy & Sacha
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Photo Friday from France: Halloween Candy in Limoges, France

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Just in time for Halloween ...

Candy Pumpkins in a Chocolatier's Window
Limoges, France ~ October 2012
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

Saw these delectable little marzipan pumpkins in Limoges - didn't buy any though. Oh so tempting, but I resisted! :o) 

The green studded candies,(bottom left, under the pumpkins), are made to look like horse chestnuts popping out of their casings. They had what looked like chocolate praline centers, but I resisted those as well. Although, I might have to take a trip back up to Limoges before we leave; these candies are just too beautiful to pass up.

When I return to Holland, I'll post more pics from our trip and some of my drawings & little paintings of where we've been this time. The autumn weather has been great and we've been discovering some beautiful areas of the Limousin and the Languedoc.


Au revoir,
Judy
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fall Vacation ~ sketching tools at the ready!

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For the rest of the month of October, I'm off to Limoges, France. Fall vacation time!. As always, I'm taking my Moleskine(s) and my sketching/drawing/painting tools ...

Sketching Tools 2012
Moleskine sketchbook, Niji waterbrushes, 
Winsor-Newton pan watercolors in my little travel tin, 
various brands of colored pencils, Pigma Micron ink pens
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.


Since I'll be missing 'Halloween in Holland' this year, my cat, Sacha, will be taking care of  the Halloween festivities at my house. (uh-oh!). ;o) She's already chosen her pumpkins ... 

Sacha, the "kat in klompen", with her pumpkins.
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

Not sure if I'll post to the blog while away, but I will be drawing and/or painting in my Moleskines - that's for sure! We plan a trip down to Carcassonne (in the Languedoc-Roussillon region) as well. 

So until sometime next month when I'll return with drawings/sketches, I wish everyone who visits this blog a lovely rest of October and an early  "Happy  Halloween".





Au revoir,
Judy
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Monday, October 8, 2012

3 Turbans ~ shells in watercolor with pen & ink

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"3 Turbans"
watercolor on paper with pen & ink  ~ size approx. 5"x 8"
Utrecht, Netherlands ~ October, 2012
painting copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.


This past weekend, I was painting little treasures from my shell collection - they make me smile. These turban shells also make me think of the sandy beaches of Florida, while it's raining here in the Netherlands. ;o) 

For this little painting, I used:
Winsor & Newton artists quality tube watercolors
Daniel Smith extra fine tube watercolors
Bockingford watercolor paper
Sakura Pigma Micron archival, permanent, ink pens


Plus, I did some more work on the colored pencil drawing of strawberries - but I'm still not there ...

close-up of strawberries in colored pencil
copyright 2012 Judith Nijholt-Strong

By the time I finish this piece, I fear the strawberries will be very much "out of season" - perhaps that will be the title! :o)



doei,
Judy
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Friday, October 5, 2012

Photo Friday: Fall leaves in Holland & an old poem.

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"Fall Leaves in Holland "
Utrecht, Netherlands ~ October, 2012
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

"Come, little leaves," 
Said the wind one day,
"Come over the meadows 
With me, and play;
Put on your dresses 
Of red and gold;
Summer is gone, 
And the days grow cold."

Verse  from a 19th c.  American children's song, "Come Little Leaves". 
Poem/lyrics by American poet George Cooper (1838-1927).
Music by Thomas J. Crawford.


While I was walking along the streets of my neighborhood here in Holland, I took some pics of the leaves along the sidewalks. I love October when the streets and yards are filled with beautiful piles of autumn leaves, sometimes swirling in the wind ; they remind me of the old children's song.

 Here's the lovely little poem in full :

Come Little Leaves
by George Cooper


"Come, little leaves," said the wind one day,
"Come over the meadows with me, and play;
Put on your dresses of red and gold;
Summer is gone, and the days grow cold."

Soon as the leaves heard the wind's loud call,
Down they came fluttering, one and all;
Over the brown fields they danced and flew,
Singing the soft little songs they knew.

"Cricket, good-bye, we've been friends so long;
Little brook, sing us your farewell song-
Say you're sorry to see us go;
Ah! you are sorry, right well we know."

"Dear little lambs, in your fleecy fold,
Mother will keep you from harm and cold;
Fondly we've watched you in vale and glade;
Say, will you dream of our loving shade?"

Dancing and whirling the little leaves went;
Winter had called them and they were content-
Soon fast asleep in their earthy beds,
The snow laid a soft mantle over their heads.

:o)



tot ziens,
Judy
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Monday, October 1, 2012

Different Strokes ~ moleskine sketch of tangerines in colored pencil

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Practicing some different drawing strokes with the colored pencils, just to see if I like the look. The tangerines were lined up on my desk ...

3 Tangerines
colored pencils in Moleskine sketchbook
October 2012
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

It's wise to try things out in a sketchbook or sketchpad, before you commit yourself to your good paper (or even canvas). That's what I was taught long ago, when I was getting my art degree - and I still do it, even  after all these years. 

Many times I see beginners get frustrated or disappointed when they 'dive right in' without first trying things out on scrap paper. Testing or practicing strokes, ideas, and/or color combinations, or color choices on scrap paper (or in a sketchbook) is simply a good habit to get into and it saves hours of angst - that's my 'advice'. :o)

Here is a close up of the somewhat 'circular' stroke I was trying out on the tangerines. I used Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils for the drawing.

image ©2012 Judith Nijholt-Strong

I'm not 100% sure if the full sketch/drawing above will ever find its way onto good paper, or if I will use this 'circular' stroke again, but the practice drawing is there in my Moleskine - should the 'spirits' ever move me!



tot ziens,
Judy
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Autumn Arrives! ~ The Japanese folded moleskine drawing "story" still continues.

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Autumn Arrives! 
"It Began with a Drop in the Universe; My Random Visual Thoughts"
colored pencils, pen & ink, in folded moleskine
Utrecht, Netherlands ~ September, 2012
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

The arrival of Autumn, at last, has prompted me to continue working on my imaginary visual story in my Japanese Folded Moleskine.

I've never really abandoned this project, but it is, as most of my projects are, rather time consuming. Apparently, I am much more productive during the cooler, or colder, months of the year.

Another view of the page spread ...

Japenese Folded Moleskine page spread. 
Autumn Arrives! ~ September, 2012
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

My how time flies - October 2008 was the last time I posted an update about this project, even though I have continued working on it since then. 
Here's a link to that post: The Folded Moleskine Continues.

I wonder which season/seasons do you prefer, or which season/seasons inspire you?


Obviously, I love Autumn! 
:o)



tot de volgende keer (until next time),
Judy
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Crown Imperial Fritillaria (time to buy some bulbs!) ~ Colored pencil on black paper

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Crown Imperial Fritillarias
Colored pencil on black Stonehenge paper
approx. 8"h x 8"w
copyright 2012 Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

It's time to buy spring bulbs for the garden! Every time we visit the Keukenhof gardens in Lisse, (province North Holland),  we are always struck by the elegance and height of these plants.

For years, we've been wanting to get some bulbs for these tall beauties for our garden here in Utrecht. With its flame-orange flowers, this variety of fritillaria would be a perfect fit in our garden, but we didn't seem to have a good place for them as they are quite tall.

However, since our garden has evolved, I now know exactly where we will plant them - then we'll wait for spring 2013, with fingers crossed!


For this drawing, I used:
~ Faber-Castell Polychromos reg. colored pencils
~ Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor reg. colored pencils
~ Caran D'Ache Pablos reg. colored pencils
~ Talens van Gogh reg. colored pencils
~ Sanford Prismacolors White reg. colored pencil
~ Black Stonehenge paper
~ Several of my own photos of the Crown Imperial Fritillarias


For those interested, follow this link to the
Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Netherlands

Also, this Wikipedia article about  the
Crown Imperial Fritillaria (Fritillaria Imperialis)



tot ziens,
Judy
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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Red Onion Day ~ Rode Uidag : Colored Pencil on Black Paper

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Red Onion Day ~ Rode Uidag
regular colored pencils on black Stonehenge paper
size 5.5"x5.5" approx. (NFS)
drawing copyright 2012 Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

Another one of my "vegetables in a 'classic' setting" drawings. Red onions seem to be in season now in our grocery stores, so along with cooking with them, I've been drawing and painting them. 

The onion goes along with the Red Pepper Day - Rode Paprikadag drawing I did. The pepper drawing started my idea of doing a group of these imaginary settings for vegetable still-life pieces. There will be more in this group, eventually, probably 12 small drawings of different vegetables. All of the drawings in this group will be similarly smallish in size (no larger than 8 inches in height), using colored pencils, done on black paper and set in imaginary backgrounds.

Meanwhile, (as if I have nothing else to do), I have been working on another, larger, piece - not a veg this time, but strawberries.
Here's a taste ... 
I am "Berry Busy"
image copyright 2012 Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved

Obviously, it's also important that your fingernail polish matches the drawing ... lol. When the drawing is  complete, I'll post it to this blog. Pure colored pencil work, for me, can often take a long time to complete - especially if you are your worst critic, the way I am with me! ;o)

I definitely need more hours in a day and days in a month ....


tot ziens,
Judy
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Day at Kasteel de Haar - colored pencil drawing on black paper

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"A Day at De Haar"
Colored pencils on black Stonehenge paper
8"h x 4"w approx.
August 2012 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.


Kasteel de Haar (De Haar Castle) which is located in the village of Haarzuillens, in the province of Utrecht, Netherlands, is a "fairy-tale like" castle that can trace its roots back to the 12th century, but the current structure was built in the 19th century. Commissioned by Baron van Zuylen van Nyevelt (who married into one of Europe's wealthiest families: Rothschild), the castle was designed by the famous 19th century, Dutch, architect: Pierre Cuypers. Cuypers also designed some of the Netherlands' most noted landmarks, i.e.,  Amsterdam's Central Train Station and the Rijksmuseum (also located in Amsterdam).

With its moats (complete with swans), drawbridges, gargoyles and towers, Kasteel de Haar is truly delightful. Many couples have their wedding pictures taken on the grounds, with, of course, the castle as a backdrop. If you've never been to Kasteel de Haar, taking a guided tour of the castle is highly recommended as the guides will tell you fascinating stories about the origins of the castle, interesting anecdotes about the van Zuylen/Rothschild family and offer an intriguing look into "aristocratic life" in the Netherlands during the 19th century. 

While the castle is now owned by a Dutch National Trust, the current heirs of the van Zuylen-Nyvelt family do reside in a part of the castle during the month of September - during that month, the castle is closed to visitors. However, the interior of the castle is absolutely gorgeous and really shouldn't be missed! I particularly like the music room with its magnificent, genuine, parquet floor and walls that are covered in rich tapestries. Another of my favorite rooms is the kitchen with its massive 19th century cooker and a very  impressive collection of copper cooking pans.

If you've taken the interior castle tour before, or would rather not do that tour, a stroll around the extensive grounds is another option. With its centuries-old trees, lakes, gorgeous flower beds, rose garden, manicured hedges and statues, the castle's gardens and grounds are a visual treat anytime of the year - even in the winter! 

My drawing above is of one of the many lovely sculptures found in the gardens surrounding the castle, with a view towards one of the castle towers - the figure is holding a mass of grapes on its head. :o)

For this drawing I used:
Prismacolors - reg. colored pencils
Faber-Castell Polychromos - reg. colored pencils
Lyra Rembrandt - reg. colored pencils
Black Stonehenge Paper

This drawing is part of a series of drawings I'm doing of this castle's grounds & buildings. 

Here's another drawing (on black paper) of a stone sculpture, from Kasteel de Haar, that I did in 2011: Stoneface at Kasteel de Haar

Link to the website for the castle : Kasteel de Haar (english version)



tot ziens,
Judy
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Water Lily #1 ~ colored pencil drawing

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Pink-Purple Water Lily #1
Colored pencils on Stonehenge paper ~ 5"h x 5"w
August 2012 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands
drawing copyright 2012  Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

In the summer months, the small canal behind our house is often filled with water lilies. They are mostly on the side across the canal and mostly white. Sometimes though, there are pink water lilies in the canal! We only have small yellow lotus flowers (knob shaped and never open) on our side - which is OK too, but not my favorite. 

I took some (err, maybe a great deal) "artistic license" with this one, which was originally pale pink, and made it more pinky-purple in color. :o)

For this piece I used:
(All regular colored pencils, not aquarelle pencils.)
Derwent Coloursofts
Caran-d'Ache Pablos
Faber-Castell Polychromos
Bruynzeel Full-colors (a discontinued brand, alas).
Royal Talens Van Gogh 
Sanford Prismacolors (lots of white!)
And a  little Zest-it solvent in some areas.
Stonehenge Paper


The Pencils, lined up for their *photo moment* ... 
apparently, my indigo blue pencil didn't want its picture taken...



:o)
tot ziens,
Judy
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Monday, August 6, 2012

Sacha Napping - sketches in Moleskine and a Happy Birthday to Her!

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Sacha (the kat in klompen) Napping!
pen & ink, watercolors, colored pencil in moleskine sketchbook
August 2012
copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
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Today, our cat Sacha is 8 years old.
She's still the princess of our house. :o)

Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag, Sacha!
(Happy Birthday, Sacha!)


:o)
Judy
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ijsjes in Utrecht (Ice Creams in Utrecht) ~ Drawing: Pen & Ink with Colored Pencil

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"Ijsjes on Maartensbrug"
(Ice Creams on Martin's Bridge)
pen & ink with colored pencils on brown paper ~ 5.5"h x 7"w
July 2012 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.


On a warm, very sunny, day in Utrecht, this cute pink & yellow Italian ice cream truck is a welcomed sight on Maartensbrug (named after Saint Martin).  The bridge crosses over the Oudegracht (old canal) from Zadelstraat (saddle street),  then onto Servetstraat (napkin street) which then leads up to (under and through) the Dom Tower to Domplein (dom square).

The ice cream truck seems to always be at this particular spot on the bridge; I love the happy colors of the truck! :o)



tot ziens,
Judy
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Drawing Candy for another project ...

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I've been thinking of starting an egg tempera piece - subject: Candy!

"Cinnamon Rock"
Regular colored pencils on paper - 3.5" h x 2.5" w (ACEO size)
Copyright 2012 Judith Nijholt-Strong. All rights reserved.

If I do use this particular candy as a model, I'll probably add more pieces of it in the final image - one seems so lonely. Unless, of course, I make it "monumental". :o) 

Or, maybe I'll paint something like this one, with more candies in various colors. This drawing is in one of my sketchbooks ....

"Candy From Paris"
watercolors, watercolor pencils & watersoluable graphite
4"h x 4"w approx. - in Moleskine sketchbook
Copyright 2012 Judith Nijholt-Strong. All rights reserved.

The egg tempera will take me forever to complete, as the process is notoriously slow, but I've had this idea in my head for some time now and want to get started on it (before I die! lol).

Currently, I'm finishing up two large colored pencil floral pieces (which btw, also take me forever to complete), so I'm not sure when I'll get to another "involved" project.

In the mean time, practicing small candy pieces will help me decide which way I want to go - decisions, decisions. Oh, believe it or not, I really don't eat hard candies - I just like the way they look. :o)


tot ziens,
Judy
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Friday, July 13, 2012

Photo Friday: Yet another Friday the 13th!

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"Door Number 13"
Limoges, France ~ June, 2011
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

If I'm not mistaken, this makes three "Friday the 13ths" this year - January, April and now July! I've been saving this image for this purpose. ;o)

Actually, last year when we passed this door in Limoges, I was first attracted to the beautifully fluid Art Nouveau iris flowers in the ironwork ... then I noticed it was number 13!



doei,
Judy
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

You Must Take Your Vitamin C! ~ watercolors & ink

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You Must Take Your Vitamin C !
watercolors & ink on Bockingford watercolor paper - 3.5"h x 5.5"w
copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved


Where have I been, you might wonder? I wonder too!
Been a bit sick, been a bit busy, been working on a couple of bigger projects, been a lot tired of the rainy weather of late ... and trying not to get a summer cold.



tot ziens,
:o)
Judy
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day U.S.A., 2012!

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Happy Birthday, U.S.A. !
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.


The flowers, (red & white astilbe plumes and blueish/purple brodiaea elegans), are from my garden here in Utrecht, Netherlands and the vase is from Delft, Netherlands. The little flag I brought with me from the U.S.A., 13 years ago.
:o)


To my fellow American readers & friends,
wherever you are in the world:

Happy 4th of July!



Judy
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