Friday, December 19, 2014

Photo Friday : Happy Holidays To You!

The decorating is done ... with Sacha's help, of course.
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"Sacha, the "Official" Tree Decorator"
December 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Well, it's certainly been a few months since I've/we've posted anything here. Life has a way of throwing up road blocks when you least expect them. So it goes, but all is fine really.

Sacha and I hope our "readers" have very Happy Holidays, whatever you celebrate. We'll see you sometime in the New Year; maybe with less posts like this past year has been, (we're not fortune tellers), but Sacha and I will be back.


Fijne Feestdagen 

en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!




Take care of yourselves,
Judy & Sacha (the kat in klompen)

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Last of the Wild Peaches

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drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. 
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"A Wild Peach"
pen & ink with watercolors, on recycled paper
August 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands


It's not only the last day of August, but it's also the last day of my hoard of wild peaches ... so I drew one.

The first time, in my life, that I saw wild peaches was at an open-air market here in the Netherlands. I wasn't sure what I was looking at; I thought they were odd doughnuts. :o))! Then I looked up and saw the words "wilde perzik" on the sign above them and realized they were "wild peaches" (wilde perzik (singular) wilde perziken (plural)). I now prefer wild peaches over "normal" peaches.

Wild peaches have the most beautifully sweet white flesh, interesting shape and multicolored skin ... perfect for drawing/painting and then eating!



tot ziens,
Judy
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Happy Birthday, Sacha - she's 10 today!

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"Sacha is a real Dutch Masterpiece"
Tenth birthday pic. :o)
August 6, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Gefeliciteerd / Happy Birthday to our little "kat in klompen" !


:o)
Judy

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Pink & Green

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"Pink & Green"
Pen & Ink with watercolors, in Moleskine sketchbook
July 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

It's been a good year for the hydrangeas (hortensias) in our garden but, alas, they are fading fast now!

Despite all I did to keep watering things in the garden, after a few very hot and dry weeks here in the Netherlands, the once vibrant colors of the hydrangeas have pretty much disappeared. Oh well, they were gorgeous while they lasted. 

The good news is that autumn is just around the corner, (my favorite season), and I can't wait! :D



tot ziens,
Judy
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Struggle & Survive

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"Struggle & Survive: 
Climbing Rose in Château-Chervix, France"
pen & ink with watercolors in Moleksine sketchbook
June 10, 2014 ~ Château-Chervix, Limousin, France

Oh my, it's been awhile since I've posted to my blog - err, life has a way of getting in the way. We're back from a few weeks vacationing in France ... and then the days filled-up with house cleaning, having the outside of the house painted, clearing/cleaning our over-grown garden and well, all the other stuff of life. Oh, and watching time fly by and not blogging!

The drawing/watercolor above, in my Travels in France (vol.6)  moleskine, is of a climbing rose on the outside of the rental house in the Limousin region of France. We stayed for three weeks with small day trips around the region and into the Dordogne region as well. The rose, struggling to survive against the stone wall of the house, is an old rose. It's been there a long, long time, but it's managing to still climb & bloom.

My Kermits also had a great time in France, as they always do. We took them to a hamlet fête, in Lageyrat. They've been here before, but this time they really didn't want to leave.
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"The Kerms at Fête de Lageyrat"
May 25, 2014 ~ Lageyrat, Limousin, France

Alas, good times do have to come to an end (I told them, but I don't think they were listening). It's all about struggling and surviving. :o)



tot ziens,
Judy
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Volunteers & Visitors

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"Volunteers by the Wall"
pen & ink w/watercolors, in Moleskine sketchbook
May, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

I don't know how the seeds of these orange poppies found their way into my garden. Since a lot of the garden is full of 'happy surprises' which we didn't plant, these lovely little poppies are welcomed to stay.  The orange poppies seem to like the tiny space between the brick wall and the patio ground, so we're not moving them. :o) We have some large purple poppies that have 'volunteered' too, but they aren't blooming yet. I think next month the purple poppies will be in full bloom. 

We also have some welcomed 'visitors' to our garden ....
A bumble bee, with a very heavy load of pollen on its leg, enjoying one of our pansies.
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"Bumble on a Pansy"
May, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

A swan couple paid us a visit. They probably have a nest, not too far away, at the end of our canal.
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"Mr. & Mrs. Swan"
May, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

It's been many years since we've had swans in the canal. It's really nice to see them again. :o)




tot ziens,
Judy
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Daffs in the Garden - pen & ink

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"Jet Fire Daffs"
pen & ink, watercolor in Moleksine sketchbook
April, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Continuing on with my black & white "mode"- I've drawn & painted some daffodils in our garden here in the Netherlands. We have several clumps of daffodils still flowering in the garden, which is lovely! Watching them sway gently in the wind always seems to clam me down ... if I've got too many irons in the fire. My favorites are the "Jet Fire"daffodils: always easy to grow and very reliable...my kind of flower.

For those of you that celebrate - Have a Happy Easter! :o)



tot ziens,
Judy
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Back to Black & White : violet candies

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"A Tin of Violettes"
Pen & Ink w/watercolor, in Japanese Folded Moleskine
March 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Welcome Spring! It seems like it's always been Spring in the Netherlands since we've had such a mild winter - not a bit of snow and very little frost. Springtime makes me think of violets, but not necessarily the flowers. Having said that, my garden is full of violet, purple and lavender shades right now. Pretty, but I'm not drawing them ... yet. No, I'm drawing candy instead. I love violet candies. :o)

This drawing is in my Japanese Folded Molekine that I've dedicated to, (and titled), "Small Things on My Desk".
For the foreseeable future, I'm forgoing the use of color and concentrating mainly on just b/w drawings (with some grays, of course) ... because I truly enjoy the freedom and simplicity of pen and black ink.

Besides, there's enough color in my garden. :o)
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"Purple Corcus in My Garden"
March 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands




tot ziens,
Judy
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Blog Birthday # 8 - A different cupcake!

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"Blog Birthday #8 - A Different Cupcake"
crochet with glass beads
March 1, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Thought I'd do something different for this year's blog birthday. Instead of drawing or painting a cupcake, I crocheted a cupcake. This was fun to make and it's 'diet friendly' too! lol :o))


Meanwhile, Sacha, (the Kat-in-Klompen), is celebrating the blog's birthday by sleeping in her favorite chair.
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"Sacha Sleeping in Her Chair"
March 1, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

After 8 years of blogging, she's a little worn out ... so she says. 





:o)
tot ziens,
Judy & Sacha
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

On my desk ... "Threads and More Threads"

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"Threads and More Threads"
February 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands


My desk is a mass of colored threads and I love it!

This month of February I've been very busy working on a few projects not involving much, if any, drawing or painting - although sometimes I do work out color schemes with my watercolors or colored pencils. I'm really enjoying returning to my 'artistic roots' with  3-dimensional projects. The month of March will probably be filled with more threads upon threads as well ... and not much drawing.

I did take a few moments out today to draw an embroidery thread skein, just to keep the drawing 'chops' up.




tot ziens, 
or skeins...lol
Judy
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Friday, January 31, 2014

Photo Friday: It's The Year of the Horse!

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"A Gallop On the Beach of Vlieland"
January 2014 ~ Vlieland, Netherlands

Recently, we spent a few days on the Dutch Wadden Sea island of Vlieland, Netherlands. It was very cold but so worth the trip, (by ferry boat), to this small island. No cars are allowed on the island, (except for the permanent residents of the island), only bicycles and the occasional ... horse!

Walking on the beach of the North Sea side of the island, I was paying more attention to the sea shells and seagulls rather than the three horses that were galloping directly toward me! I looked up just in time to take the photo, as they raced on past me. At that time, I had no idea that this year, in the Chinese calendar, is the Year of the Horse! Maybe, (ha!), fortune will smile on me. :o)


Happy Chinese New Year,
the Year of the Horse!







tot ziens ... or not,
Judy
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

"Orchids in January" - moleskine drawing

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"Orchids in January, 2014"
pen & ink with watercolor, in small moleskine sketchbook
January, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

The month of January means I'm usually struggling to reorganize my tiny studio (i.e., throw out useless stuff that I squirrel away for no apparent reason). Consequently, I have little desire to do much drawing or painting ... or anything. The situation is the same this January.

However, I did stop to draw one of my new orchids in my moleskine I've dedicated to "Flowers Plants & Trees". The orchid was a Christmas gift and hopefully it will be "happy" in the place I've chosen for it in my living room; which at this point in time, is a far better place than in my studio! :D



tot ziens,
Judy
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