Thursday, May 10, 2012

Columbines in the Garden ~ colored pencil & ink drawing, in moleskine sketchbook

drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved
colored pencil with pen & ink, in moleskine sketchbook
May, 2012 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

This year, we seem to have a bumper crop of pretty Columbines (Aquilegia vulgaris) in our garden. Fine with me, the more the merrier!! Another common name for Columbines is "Granny's Bonnet" (just learned that) , because of the bonnet like shape of the flowers.

Mostly pink, purple and a few reddish-violet colored, all of the plants are "volunteers", self-seeding - we never planted a one. When the wind blows, as it has done the past few days, to me they look like tiny dancers in our garden. :o)

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Me drawing a Columbine in my Moleskine
May, 2012 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Maybe I went a little overboard with the cross-hatching in the background, but once I start, I find it difficult to stop! I'm pretty sure I'd do it a little different if I were to make this into a full-fledged drawing, not in my moleskine. Although, I do love cross-hatching ...

tot ziens,


Yorky said...

Very pretty Judy

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Doug! :o)

Studio at the Farm said...

Judy, I do love seeing more of your sketches. They're lovely, and you can cross-hatch as much as you like!

Studio at the Farm said...

Judy, I do love seeing more of your sketches. They're lovely, and you can cross-hatch as much as you like!

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Kathryn! :o)

(Don't know why your comment posted twice!! lol)

Robin Dalton said...

Stunning, as always, but also including my new favourite flower: Columbine. I have some growing in my back garden, aka the jungle. A few years ago I was in Stratford celebrating the Bard's birhday. While there I purchased a packet of seeds in the gift shop of Anne Hathaway's house called The Flowers of Shakespeare. This year they finally blessed me with their presence. So this post is especially wonderful! Blessings.

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Robin :o)
btw, You can save the seeds from your columbines and just sprinkle them directly in your garden for next year. The seeds look like poppy seeds and there are zillions of them in each seed head. You'll soon have a "bumper crop" as well! :o)



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