Monday, April 30, 2012

Prinses Irene Tulip for Koninginnedag 2012 ~ Colored Pencil Drawing

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drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Prinses Irene for Koninginnedag
14cm X 18.25cm
colored pencils in Moleskine sketchbook
April 30, 2012 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Today is Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) here in the Netherlands. A national holiday, it's all about orange - as in, the Dutch Royal House of Oranje-Nassau! 

This is a drawing, in my new Moleskine I've dedicated to "Flowers, Plants & Trees", I did of one of my lovely orange Prinses Irene tulips which are currently growing in my garden. :o)


Fijne Koninginnedag !
(Happy Queen's Day !)


For more of the history of Koninginnedag, see this post that I wrote in 2007:


tot ziens,
Judy
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Dandy for Earth Day 2012

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From my garden, just a closer look at a common dandelion.
Small can be beautiful ...

Photo copyright 2012 Judith Nijholt-Strong.
All rights reserved.
"A Dandy"
Utrecht, Netherlands ~ April 2012


Happy Earth Day!
:o)


tot ziens,
Judy
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Moleskine Drawing: Memories of Trip to Gent

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This is a montage of what we enjoyed during our Easter trip to Gent. A page spread in my "Travels To Other Places" Moleskine sketchboook ...

drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved
Memories of Gent - Easter Trip
Pen & Ink with Watercolors, in Moleskine Sketchbook
Gent, Belgium ~ April, 2012

In the montage, starting top left and going clockwise,  is the Graventsteen Castle, St. Bavos Cathedral, some Guild Houses of Gent,  Gent Coat of Arms, Chocolate Easter Eggs, and the little purple cones at the bottom left are Gentse Neuzen (Gents Noses) Candy.  I didn't do any other drawing while in Gent - too many things to pack into a short stay (my excuse!).

We did take a lot of night photos on this trip, though. These are the beautiful old Guild Houses on the Graslei Canal that runs through the city ...
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Buildings on the Graslei Canal at Night
Gent, Belgium ~ April 2012

However, in my quest to find Easter chocs, I must say there were plenty of chocolate rabbits, chickens, eggs, and other tempting treats in Gent ...
photos copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong all rights reserved
Candy Shops and Windows in Gent
Gent, Belgium - April 2012

We didn't actually buy any chocolates; just looked in the windows. Everytime we had coffee or tea, we were served chocolate easter eggs! How cool is that?! Needless to say, we had a lot of coffee and tea. ;o)

As you can see, the Kermits enjoyed the trip too (that's my very patient Dutchman also sitting at the table)  ...
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Kermits at Brasserie 't Stropke, Scoring Easter Chocs
Gent, Belgium ~ April 2012

We all had fun!
:o)

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Post Script:

Seeing The Ghent Altarpiece by the van Eyck brothers. 

I did see the Gent Altarpiece again, in the St. Bavos Cathedral, and while still a stunning masterpiece, it is indeed desperately in need of cleaning and restoration.

According to what I've heard and read, the restoration work will begin in September 2012 (that is this year!) .
The piece will be moved to the Gent Museum of Fine Arts (Museum voor Schone Kunsten, or simply MSK) for the restoration/cleaning work. But while at MSK, visitors will be able to view the restoration of the piece as it is in progress. That, I think, would be interesting to see. Being a large, twelve panelled, piece, I suppose it will be some time before the restoration work is completed.

While I was looking at the painting in the cathedral, I asked an attendant whether or not the piece will be returned to St. Bavos after restoration is completed. He told me, at this point in time, it is uncertain if the work will be returned or if it will remain in the Gent Museum of Fine Arts, or go somewhere else. So, we'll see ... whatever they decide, I hope it stays in Gent!

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tot ziens,
Judy
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Photo Friday ~ Another Friday the 13th!

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photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
" Black Cat Walking "
Sarlat la Canéda, France ~ October, 2009

Didn't we just have a Friday the 13th, earlier this year? I think so ... consequences of a leap year.

Anyway, I happen to love black cats. When this little black cat crossed my path, while I was in Sarlat la Canéda, France in 2009, I felt fortunate!! We had a lovely stay in Sarlat that year and maybe we'll go back there soon! ;o)


tot ziens,
Judy
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Have a Happy Hippity Hoppity Easter 2012!











drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong . all rights reserved.
"Hippity Hoppity Easter Bunnies"  - size approx. 5.5"h x 7"w
pen & ink, watercolors, colored pencil, Arches HP watercolor paper
April 2012 - Utrecht, Netherlands

An early Easter greeting from me, because I'll be away from the internet for a bit. We're off to Gent (Ghent), Belgium for the Easter holidays. As always, I'll be in search of Belgian chocolate bunnies! I haven't been back to Gent in 11 years (no excuse, it's not that far away).

I'm looking forward to this trip very much, especially to again see my favorite painting of all time : The Ghent Altarpiece or Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (in dutch: Het Lam Gods (The Lamb of God)) The altarpiece was completed in the year 1432, painted by Jan and Hubert van Eyck. 

When I saw the altarpiece for the first time, 11 years ago, I was in total awe; it's an amazing work of art. I know I'm very fortunate to be able to see it again in real. However, for those of you unable to get to Gent, I found an alternative! Last week, while roaming around on the web, I happened upon this wonderful site where you can view The Ghent Altarpiece via new technology that lets you see the entire altarpiece online - all 12 panels, with extreme details. This extreme detail project, initially created for conservation/restoration purposes, is a collaboration between the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, (both in Belgium) and funded with support from the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. Have a look here: Closer to van Eyck


For those of you that celebrate,
Happy Easter!
Vrolijk Pasen!

tot ziens,
Judy
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