Wednesday, June 20, 2012

May-June 2012 Vacation in France Moleskine Drawings: Part 1 ~ The Flowers

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I've decided to do the posts of my moleksine drawings, done while on vacation in France, in 3 parts!  There are too many for one post. So without further ado, here are the drawings of the flowers that caught my eye, this time, while we were in France. Actually, many caught my eye, but this was all I had time to do on vacation  ...

I've drawn the Red Valerian (right side of page spread) before, but I find it such a fascinatingly beautiful plant, and it grows all over the rental house in France, that I can't stop drawing it while we're there. I should probably try to plant some of my own in my garden in Holland!

Spring Daisies, Forget-Me-Nots and Red Form Valerian
W&N watercolors with Micron pen & ink in Moleskine sketchbook
May 2012 ~ Château-Chervix, France
Haute-Vienne, Limousin
copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

These yellow roses actually start out sort of a pale orange when in bud, then turn yellow and finally turn a creamy white. They are a bush/climbing rose and have the thorniest stems I've ever seen ...or felt! I don't know the name of this rose, but they're pretty and the honey bees at the rental house love them. I had cut some and put them in a vase on the kitchen table at the rental house. In less than a day, they were opening up - I did my best to keep up with them!

Yellow Roses at Château-Chervix
W&N watercolors with Micron pen & ink in moleskine sketchbook
June 2012 ~ Château-Chervix, France
Haute-Vienne, Limousin
copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved

The pink Dahlias were in bloom in a café's planter box at the village of La Roche l'Abeille where we stopped for a cool drink, so I drew them.  The bright pink Dianthus were at the house in Château-Chervix. I think they both go well together on this page spread - not intended, it just happened that way.

Dahlias & Dianthus at La Roche l'Abeille & Château-Chervix
W&N watercolors with Micron pen & ink in moleskine sketchbook
May-June 2012 ~ La Roche l'Abeille & Château-Chervix, France
Haute-Vienne, Limousin
copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

After a dramatic rain storm at Chateau-Chervix, the sun came out and the red roses were all beginning to open. I sat on the back terrace/patio of the house to draw the view...

Back Yard at Gîte in Château-Chervix
W&N watercolors with Micron pen & ink in moleskine sketchbook
June 2012 ~ Château-Chervix, France
Haute-Vienne, Limousin
copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

Me drawing the back yard of the gîte
June 2012 ~ Château-Chervix, France
Haute-Vienne, Limousin
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

My Kermits enjoyed the flowers at the gîte as well ...
and as always, such happy grenouilles (frogs) !
Kermits on the Windowsill
June 2012 ~ Château-Chervix, France
Haute-Vienne, Limousin
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

Next post will be my moleskine drawings and pics of The Food ... oh the food! :o)

tot ziens,
Judy
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2 comments:

Yorky said...

Beautiful work Judy, such clean colours.

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Doug! :o)

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