Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter 2013 ... even though it feels like January!

From my busy desk,  to yours ...

photo & art works copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
"The Daffodils of 2012"
March 2013 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Despite what the calendar tells me, it's still very much winter in the Netherlands - cold days and overnight freezing temps ... brrr!! So for this post I've resorted to using a picture of my sketchbooks from last year because currently, in my garden, there are no daffodils in bloom :( Who can blame them; they're freezing! Sure, I could, of course, buy some hot-house daffodils anywhere in the Netherlands (including my local grocery store and gas station), but I'd rather see the ones in my garden in bloom. *

Ok, I'm obviously just ready for Spring to really spring! lol

Anyway, have a wonderful weekend - whatever the weather and wherever you are.

For those who celebrate :
Vrolijk Pasen!
Happy Easter!



* currently at 6:03pm March 29th, 2013 in Utrecht,  it's snowing outside!  
Just looked out the window... Snow  this late...oh my.


Judy
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Tied in Knots - colored pencil drawing

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drawing copyright  2013 Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
"Tied in Knots"
colored pencil on paper - 7"h x 5"w
March, 2013 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Since the beginning of this year, I've felt very much like the Chinese knot I've been drawing in my brown paper sketchbook - tied up! Too many irons in the fire of late (most non-art related *sigh*). When I do have 'down time', my mind is working on overdrive trying to work out the 'problems'. 

Ah well, I'll manage ... and soon I'm off to Bruges, Belgium for some fun time - can't wait! :o)

For the drawing I used:
Caran d'Ache Pablo (regular colored pencils)
Lyra Rembrandt-Polycolor (regular colored pencils)
Daler-Rowney Cachet (brown paper sketchbook)

Here's an interesting article on Chinese Knots .


tot ziens,
Judy
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Monday, March 18, 2013

Winter sticks around ...

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"Regenradar" (rain radar) ~ March 19 - April 4, 2013

That's a shot of the weather forecast for my area of the Netherlands. It's not looking wonderful. Yep, snow & rain showers predicted for this coming Wednesday, Sunday and then snow on Monday next week. Snow, again!

It's seems, to me, this winter is never-ending. I haven't been drawing or painting much (not really motivated, to be honest), instead I've been making crocheted daffodils because the poor little 'daffs' in my garden keep getting knocked back by the freezing temps, icy rains and snow.

"Crocheted Pink-Throated Daffodil"
©2013 Judith Nijholt-Strong ~ Utrecht, Netherlands


Maybe I'll replace the real daffodils with my crocheted daffodils in the garden this year; at least I'll know they'll stay warm!




tot ziens,
Judy
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Blog Birthday # 7 - with a cupcake in gouache

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copyright 2013 Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Blog Birthday #7 - Cupcake!  NFS
gouache with pen & ink on brown paper - 7"h x 5"w (approx.)
March 6, 2013 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Whoa, I almost forgot this blog's birthday - shame on me! lol March 1st marked 7 years of blogging !!! A little late with this post, but I've been busy elsewhere.

So, I ''whipped'' up a cupcake, in gouache, to celebrate. I love working in gouache with pen & ink...love, love, love it.

Can't believe I'm still blogging and don't have a lot to say today, just that I'm amazed I'm still at it. :o)
Here's Kats-in-Klompen's  first ever post  (we were so lost...).

until the next post ...

tot ziens,
Judy
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