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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