Friday, December 20, 2013

"Fortune's Spindle" shrub - moleskine drawing & Happy Holidays and New Year!


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"Fortune's Spindle (euonymus fortunei)"
pen & ink with watercolors in Moleskine sketchbook
December 2013 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands


In between getting my Christmas tree up & decorated, making presents & cookies, and squeezing in some travelling, I've been doing more small drawings of flowers & leaves that are still growing in our garden. Amazingly, this December in the Netherlands has been very mild  - rainy, but mild. We still have pelargoniums (geraniums) & pansies in bloom! When I have time, I try to draw something from my garden. However, due to the rainy (mucky) weather, I usually have to bring things inside.

Only recently have I discovered the name of this shrub, (the leaves & berries that I drew),  that grows in our garden: Euonymus fortunei : variety "emerald & gold". In English, the common name is "Fortune's Spindle"; I really love that name. In Dutch, the common name is "Kardinaalshoed" or "Kardinaalsmuts" both of which translate, in English, to: "Cardinal's Cap". This drawing is in my Moleskine sketchbook I have dedicated to and titled, "Flower's, Plants & Trees".

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This is my last post in 2013 - I doubt I'll have time to post again before the new year. It's been a busy year for me offline, which actually has been a good thing! I'm not complaining!! :o)

So, without further ado ...

Have a Happy/Merry Christmas ~
Happy Holidays and New Year!!
:o)

See you next year ... in 2014!
omg... 2014 ... tempus fugit




tot ziens,
Judy
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