Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Happy Holiday to You!

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artwork copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
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"Golden Ornament - 2015"
watercolor with pen and ink on watercolor paper
December 2015  ~  Utrecht, Netherlands


I wish you a very happy holiday, whatever you celebrate, and a healthy, safe, and prosperous Happy New Year!



Until 2016, tot ziens!
Judy
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Monday, November 30, 2015

The Last of the Neighbor's Grapes ...


Drawing copyright 2015 Judith Nijholt-Strong.
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"Grapes on My Desk"
pin & ink w/colored pencil, on recycled brown paper
November 2015 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

My Dutch neighbors have a huge luscious grape vine that always produces an abundance of fruit - which also happens to hang over into our garden. They never ever pick or eat the grapes, (I don't know why), I guess it's just "decoration" for them ...

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"The Neighbor's Grape Vine"
Utrecht, Netherlands

However, these grapes, when ripened, are pretty delicious. So ... when I can reach them, I pick them and so do the birds! What hangs over, are mine! :D My drawing above is the last bunch of this year's "harvest"... and they were good. ;o)


tot ziens,
Judy
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Colorful Autumn Leaves

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Drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
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"Autumn Leaves on My Street"
pen &ink with watercolors in Moleskine sketchbook
Utrecht, Netherlands ~ October 2015

Before the street sweeper came by my house yesterday, there were so many beautiful autumn leaves on the street. I love the contrasting colors of the leaves on the cobblestones and tiles. 

Just had to stop to "record" them (in my style) in my sketchbook ... before they disappeared.



Happy Autumn :)
Judy
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Apple & Pear Time!

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Drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
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"A & P"
4"h x 5.5" w, pen & ink on Arches cold pressed wc paper
September 2015 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

I decided to go back to a simple black & white drawing for these lovely fruits. Often, I think color gets in the way of a beautiful shape, so returning to lines and gray washes worked well for me with this "lovely couple".

Autumn, oh I love this season and the grocery stores are full of apples and pears! So, apart from drawing or painting them, I'll have to make something delicious with all the "A's & P's" I bought ... oops! :D


tot ziens,
Judy
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Tea Cookies


 drawing copyright 2015 Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved. 
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"Tea Cookies"
pen & ink, colored pencils & watercolors
5"x7" Moleskine sketchbook
August 2015 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands


Just a little something I finished last week.
Or should I say, just a drawing of some "little somethings" I really did finish last week ... :o)

Happy end of Summer to you!


Judy
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sacha's Birthday #11!

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drawing copyright 2015 Judith Nijholt-Strong, all rights reserved. Do Not Copy. - Do Not Pin.
"Sacha's Favorite Mouse"
pen & ink with colored pencils on brown paper
August 2015 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

That's our cat Sacha's favorite mouse toy which she's "tormented" for about nine years now. Although she regularly beats it up, sits on it, slaps it across the floor daily, the mouse still "lives". For a cat that turns 11 years old today, Sacha is still pretty much just a "kitten" at heart (and actions) and, of course, a "princess".

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
"Sacha in her Garden, 2015"
Utrecht, Netherlands


Happy 11th Birthday, Sacha! Our "kat-in-klompen".
 :)



Judy
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Friday, July 10, 2015

Drawing the "potager", in Château-Chervix, France.

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copyright ©2015 Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
"View of the potager (kitchen garden)"
pen & ink with watercolors, in Moleskine sketchbook
June 2015 ~ Château-Chervix, France


copyright ©2015, Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
"Me - drawing "the potager""
June 2015 ~ Château-Chervix, France

Whan I started that drawing/watercolor, the owner of the rental house hadn't hung any clothes on the line. However, the next day when I wanted to finish the pen & ink part of the drawing, she had hung up some towels! Obviously, I had to add them in - even though I think I got the perspective all wrong...lol.

So, lesson learned: "Never put off till tomorrow, what you can do today." - even when you're on vacation! :o)


Judy
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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Mostly Blues, Violets & Greens ...

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copyright ©2015 Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
"Campanulas"
watercolors with pen & ink on paper
June 2015 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Our garden, at the moment, is mostly filled with shades of green and a smattering of blues, blue violets, and violets. I didn't plan this color scheme, but up until now it's been a coolish spring into summer here and my 'showy' red and yellow tulips are long gone. The 'smattering' is provided by the campanulas that are currently in bloom.

The campanulas come back every year; they usually take over unless I thin them out. But it's a reliable plant, so I mostly let it sprawl where it wants to. :)

Tomorrow we're off to France for a month, so I won't see the reds, magentas and yellows that are yet to appear in our garden until I return! I hope they do well without me worrying over them. :D lol


au revoir,
Judy
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Before they died: Drawing a 'Lily Flowered Tulip' in my garden


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"Tulip Elegans"
colored pencils and ink on drafting film
May 2015 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Last fall, around November, we were unable to replant a lot of the tulip bulbs that we had lifted after they had bloomed and died back in the Spring of 2014. However, much to our surprise, some of the bulbs we didn't lift (or we had missed) bloomed again this Spring! How nice for us. :o)

The tulip in the drawing above is a lily flowered variety (because the shape of the petals resembles a lily) named "Elegans Red". It is (was) so pretty.

I'm amazed they came back again ... but they're all gone now. :o( As soon as their leaves die back in about a month, we'll be lifting the bulbs and, hopefully, we will replant them in the fall of this year. We also just might buy a different variety of  'lily flowered' tulips bulbs to add to these!


tot ziens,
Judy
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Lily of the Valley - Happy Earth Day!

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From my garden for 'Earth Day': a colored pencil drawing of a potted Lily of the Valley (Lelietje van Dalen).

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"Lily of the Valley" sold
6"h x 5"w, colored pencil on Stonehenge paper
April, 2015 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Instead of planting the lilies of the valley directly in the garden, I prefer to keep them in pots because, in my garden, they would take over. The bees would love that, but I'd have to thin them out all the time!  I love the smell when I walk by the pots and the bees do too. :o)

Happy Earth Day, 2015!




Judy
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

First to arrive in the garden ... crocus!

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Last week I was out in our garden, drawing a patch of purple crocuses. :)

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"Crocus - 2015"
pen & ink with watercolors, in Moleskine sketchbook
March, 2015 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

We have several very reliable patches of crocus that return every spring. It's nice not having to worry about planting the bulbs every autumn because these crocuses,(especially the purple ones), spread on their own.

And, of course, our cat Sacha arrived too. She watched me draw for a little while, but I think she was really more interested in spying on the bird life ... sizing things up!

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Sacha in "her" garden.
March 2015 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands


Happy Spring!
:)



tot ziens,
Judy
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Blog Birthday #9 Gefeliciteerd with a cupcake!

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"Cupcake # 9"
pen & ink with watercolors, on paper
March, 2015 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

"Kats-in-Klompen" is nine years old today!! Don't ask me where the time went! Thanks to those that are still following this blog, although, lately, I'm in my 'blog less' mode. 

I do appreciate the comments that readers sometimes leave on this blog - that makes it worth the effort. I've met, sometimes in person but mostly just "virtual", other bloggers and that's pretty cool. However, I particularly miss one blogger who has passed away, she was so funny and kind ... and I do miss her. Blogging brings people together in so many different ways and her passing affected me greatly, perhaps that's why I've been blogging less. Oh well.

Anyway, "gefeliciteerd" (congratulations) to this blog, to me for sticking with it and to Sacha (my cat) for putting up with me constantly sticking my camera in her face! :D :)



Judy
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

A sketch for my valentine

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drawing/photo copyright 2015 Judith Nijholt-Strong.  
all rights reserved. do not copy - do not pin.
"Still Sweet"
colored pencils in 'Handbook' sketchbook - size 5.5" square
February, 2015 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands


Happy Valentine's Day!

A small, colored pencil, sketch of a small rose bud (dried) that came from a lovely bouquet which I had hung up to dry in order to preserve the colors of the roses - with a small candy heart on the upper right corner of one of my smaller sketchbooks.

Small, sweet, memories on Valentine's Day. :)


Judy
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Rose Hips & Jam

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drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
do not copy. - do not pin.
"Rose Hips & Jam"
pen & ink with watercolors, in moleskine sketchbook
February, 2015 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands


Rose Hips : another good source of vitamin-C.  
The rose hips are from my garden - the jam is not. I haven't yet attempted to make rose hips jam, but maybe in the future ...
However, the drawing/watercolor is from my hand. :D 



cheers,
Judy
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