Thursday, September 22, 2016

2 Many Reds

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"2 Many Reds"
watercolors with pen & ink on watercolor paper
September 2016 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

It seems there is an over-abundance of red peppers in the grocery stores here in Holland and it has been this way for almost the last four months. I'm missing my green peppers when I make my spaghetti sauce. Where did they go? It's not "my" spaghetti sauce without some green peppers as well as the red peppers. 

Red peppers are lovely, but "my" spaghetti sauce requires the colors of the Italian flag - green (peppers), white (onions), red (peppers). It may not be the 'traditional' sauce, but that's how I make it and I'm missing that green pepper taste. I really hope this isn't some stupid trendy 'foodie' thing making the green peppers disappear from the market *sigh*. Bring back the green peppers and stop messing with my sauce! Pronto!

I'm so not amused (obviously...lol).
Judy
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Oops! Someone's in trouble.

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photo copyright J. Nijholt-Strong. All rights reserved.
"Excuse me, did you forget something?"
August 2016 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands


Sacha, the only "kat-in-klompen", turned 12 years old on Aug. 6th and she isn't too pleased that I forgot to mention her birthday.

Uh-oh, I'm in the dog house now!


doei,
Judy
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Colorful Columns


And we're back ....

artwork copyright 2016, Judith Nijholt-Stong. all rights reserved.
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"St. Eloi's Column Decorations - Noyon, France"
pen & ink w. watercolors in sm. Moleskine sketchbook
June 2016 ~ Noyon, France

Until the middle of this month, we were in the Haute-Vienne department (middle western part of France) for vacation but on our way back to The Netherlands, we stopped in the town of Noyon (in the Oise department of northern France). We spent a lot of time in Noyon's huge St. Eloi cathedral - it's immense!

I was fascinated with the decorations on the tops of the columns in the cathedral. Although this cathedral was pretty much destroyed during WWII, some of the columns still had remnants of the original paint colors on the capitals. Most of the old capitals had been painted in blue and red colors ... so I drew a couple. :)


*The Blogger problem solved: It seems it was the image size and the copyright symbol © in my file names that upset Blogger. Never did before, but whatever ... we're back. That is, "we're back" until Blogger throws up another annoying distraction. LOL! 


tot ziens,
Judy & Sacha
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Sunday, June 26, 2016

No idea ...

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Hmm, it seems as though Blogger is on vacation ...
Images won't upload or load & have somehow 'magically' disappeared from this blog.
When Blogger gets its act together again, we'll resume blogging.
Until then, whenever that may be, you can be assured that  "We are not amused".


au revoir ... or maybe not
Judy & Sacha the cat
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Unknown Blossoms ...

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"Unknown Blossoms"
colored pencils on pastel paper
May 2016 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands


I have no idea what the name of these flowers is ... 
they were in a bouquet given to me as a gift. :o)

Perfect flowers, whatever they are, for a lovely day in May.


tot ziens,
Judy
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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Tulips 3

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"Tulips 3"
pen & ink with watercolors on paper
April 2016 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands


On our table for Spring; three lovely tulips. :o)
Just had to draw them, since they were posing for me.


Tot ziens,
Judy
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Friday, March 25, 2016

Photo Friday: Sacha & the Bunnies

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"What Bunnies? I See No Bunnies!"
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. All rights reserved.
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March 25, 2016 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Happy Easter weekend to those of you who celebrate; from Sacha and her 'invisible' bunnies. :o)


tot ziens,
Judy & 
Sacha (the kat in klompen)
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Blog Birthday #10 with a fancy piece of cake!

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10 Years!! Ten years of blogging ... time for cake!

drawing copyright 2016 Judith Nijholt-Strong
"Fancy Cake"
pen & ink with colored pencils on recycled paper
March 1, 2016 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Surprise surprise, I'm/We're still blogging. Personally, I can't believe it's been ten years and neither can my cat. The past few years, we've been rather silent on this blog ... but we're still here. :D

Have some cake and celebrate 'the future' with us. :o)

tot ziens,
Judy and 'Sacha' (my kat in klompen)

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Sleeping, Sketching & Stitches ...

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artwork copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
"Sacha Sleeping, Feb. 2016"
pen & ink in unknown little sketchbook
February 2016 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

The weather this month has been mostly dark, soggy & cold - or - cold, dark & soggy ... nothing much else. My cat Sacha refuses to go outside ... I don't blame her. lol
So, apart from the odd sketch of my cat sleeping, or working on a crochet project that never ends, I've not been terribly inspired to do much else. I might as well just join Sacha and sleep until it's dry outside.

And the weather is just too weird here ... Spring flowers are popping up when they shouldn't be. Really wrong *sigh*

Ok ... time for another nap.
Judy

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Christmas Leftovers

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"Christmas Leftovers"
pen & ink with watercolors in handmade sketchbook/journal
January 2016 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Started my new handmade, leatherbound, sketchbook/journal with a few leftover ornaments that forgot to find their way into the box with all the others! There's always a few stragglers laying around.

The sketchbook/journal was bought at a Christmas market in Düsseldorf, GR, which I visited in December last year. I have no idea what type of paper was used for the sketchbook/journal, but it takes pen & ink and watercolors very well ... and I love it. :o)

tot ziens,
Judy
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