Friday, August 26, 2011

Photo Friday: Belated Happy Birthday to Sacha!

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photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
And she is 7! ~ Happy Birthday Sacha
August, 2011

Yes, she is 7 and yes, she has a French cat food named after her! (No, I did not PhotoShop that in. We found that cat food in France, this past spring/summer.)

We've always suspected that Sacha was the wealthy one in our house - apparently, it's true! So today, (almost 3 weeks after her real birthday on August 6th), we wish our "Princess Sacha" a belated Happy Birthday!

We love you Sacha, now tell us where you're hiding all the money! lol

cheers!,
Judy
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Friday, August 19, 2011

Photo Friday: For a change, just raindrops!

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photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Vrouwenmantel met waterdruppels - Lady's Mantle with raindrops
The Netherlands ~ August, 2011

I've always been enchanted with the pretty, silver, raindrops on the Lady's Mantle (Vrouwentmantel) in my back garden here in the Netherlands. Just a brief respite from all the rain we've been having this summer ... if only for a couple of days.

tot ziens,
Judy
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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Part 2: The Trip to Vienna, Austria - August, 2011 ~ moleskine drawings and pics

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Drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. All rights reserved.
The Riesenrad (Ferris Wheel) at Prater Park
Vienna, Austria ~ August 2011
moleskine sketchbook, pen & ink with reg. colored pencils

Prater Park & the Riesenrad ...

We visited Vienna's "Prater" Park. Originally, this vast park was used as private hunting grounds for the emperors of Austria. In 1766, Austrian Emperor Joseph II, declared Prater to be a public park for the citizens and visitors of Vienna to freely enjoy.

I didn't go up in the wheel, as I'm not terribly fond of heights, so while my husband and mother-in-law (yes, she's braver than I am) were taking the ride, I spent my time on the ground drawing it. :o) I might have missed a few lines, but it moved so slowly that I was able to draw a portion of it without much "invention".

View from the Riesenrad, shot by my husband ...

Photo copyright Auke Nijholt. All rights reserved.
Vienna Skyline from the Prater 'Riesenrad' (Ferris wheel)
Vienna, Austria ~ August 2011

The Riesenrad was erected opened in 1897 as part of the World's Fair Exhibition and soon became a widely popuplar attraction. In later years, the part of the park around the Ferris wheel expanded to include many more amusement rides (roller coasters, bumper cars, haunted houses, etc.), but the Riesenrad is still the highlight of the park. The wheel revolves very, very slowly,  allowing great views over the whole of Vienna. In 1949, the 'film noir' movie "The Third Man", starring Orson Welles and Jospeh Cotton, was shot on location in Vienna - wagon #31, of the Riesenrad, featured in the film.

Right behind the Riesenrad, I did find this ride to show my cat Sacha. I thought she'd like it ...
Photo copyrigtht Judith Nijholt-Strong. All rights rederved.
Dizzy Mouse Ride
Prater Park - Vienna, Austria ~ August, 2011

And my kermits had a great time in the park too!
Photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. All rights reserved.
Kerms at Prater Park - Happy Travellers!
Vienna, Austria ~ August 2011

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All things chocolate and Mozart ...

You can't go to Vienna and not have something chocolate, be it to eat or to drink. Though I can get Mozart Chocolates in Holland, I'd never tried them before. So I bought a box of the famous Mozartkugeln ...mmmm...yum! Then I took some out and drew them ...












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Mmmmmm, Mozartkugeln!
Vienna, Austria ~ August 2011
moleskine sketchbook, pen & ink with reg. colored pencils

Lucky for me the box has plenty of kugeln in it... :o) I think I've found a new favorite choc - besides, I love chocs in gold foil wrappers... irresistible. Mozartkugeln are made in Salzburg, Austria (birthplace of the composer Mozart) and have been a traditional favorite candy/souvenir since 1890! Btw, "kugel", means "ball".

Of course, if you're in Vienna it's also fun to buy these chocolates in the "Mostly Mozart" shops ... and yes, it's moslty Mozart inside!

Photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. All rights reserved.
Mostly Mozart Candyshop
Vienna, Austria ~ August 2011

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Trams, Trains and U-Bahns ...













drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Tram "D" at Frans-Josef Bahnhof
Vienna, Austria ~August 2011

We were fortunate to stay in a hotel that was just a stone's throw away from the Franz-Josefs Bahnhof (major train station - although we flew to Vienna instead of taking the train). Each day we travelled to the old city center by trams, as the stop was right across the street from the hotel, or by the U-Bahn (subway) which was also just a short walk away. We decided we preferred taking the trams because you get to see more of Vienna that way, and we never had to wait very long for one to arrive.

I sat across the street at a café to draw the tram stop (did the coloring back in the hotel). All those lines going every which way were a bit confusing ... I know I must have left some out! :o) The particular tram that I drew was a newer one, but there are still lots of the older trams in Vienna. I liked them, a lot.

My photo mosaic of several sites in Vienna ...

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Views of Vienna
Vienna, Austria ~August 2011

Vienna is a fabulous city with so much history, so much art and such beautiful, ornate, architecture. Plus, you really don't have to speak german, as most everyone in Vienna speaks english (hooray! because my german is non-existent! lol). I really have to return one day; much, much more to see and do - so we're making plans for a return visit next year. :o)

Edited to add:
I found this clip from the movie "The Third Man", shot on  the Riesenrad (Ferris Wheel)! :o)


Tschüß,
Doei,
Bye,
:o) Judy
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Part 1: The Trip to Vienna, Austria - August 2011 ~ moleskine drawings and some pics

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We're back from ...
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artwork copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Vienna, Vienna!!  ~ August, 2011
Moleskine sketchbook, collage, pen & ink and reg. colored pencils

Vienna - what a beautiful city! We didn't have a great deal of time to do everything I wanted to, but what we did do was absolutely wonderful. I also didn't have enough time to draw all I wanted to, so I did a little more collaging than what I'd normally do in my trip journals...but it was fun to do. :o)

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Liechtenstein Palace Museum and St. Stephanskirche

We visited the newest edition to Vienna's many museums, the Liechtenstein Palace Museum - which opened its doors to the public in 2004. Inside, we saw an extremely grand collection of paintings from four centuries, including many Dutch & Flemmish Old Masters' paintings (Rubens, Rembrandt, Pieter Breughel the Younger, van Dyck, Frans Hals, van Honthorst, Huysman, etc.).  Unfortunately, you're not allowed to take pictures of the collection ... alas.

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Liechtenstein Palace Museum - rear view & formal gardens
Vienna, Austria ~ August, 2011

This was/is the summer, "city", palace for the Princely Family of Liechtenstein (members of the Hapsburg family of royals) - the palace was built during the period of 1692 to 1705.

We had a delicious lunch on the tearrace of the Rubens' Café, which is in a palace building on the front courtyard. I drew a potted lemmon tree, (grown in the palace orangerie), that was near our table... it was in bloom and in fruit!












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Left:  A Lemmon Tree in the Liechtenstein Palace Courtyard
Right: Inside St. Stephanskirche (St. Steven Cathedral)
Vienna, Austria ~ August, 2011
Moleskine sketchbook, with pen & ink and reg. colored pencils

We also visited the main cathedral of Vienna - the enormous St. Stephanskirche.

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
St. Stephanskirche ~ Vienna, Austria
August, 2011

It's a rather dark cathedral inside, but that's just my opinion - though the outside is amazing with all its decoration, especially the ceramic glazed roof tiles. I was waiting for my husband and mother-in-law to do the paid tour of the main altar area, because I didn't feel like doing it, so I drew the view towards one of the many chandeliers and the stained glass window beyond it while they were touring (right side in moleskine spread above).

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A concert in an Orangerie!
Schönbrunn Palace ~ Vienna, Austria

At Schönbrunn Palace (summer palace of the former Austrian Royal family (also Hapsburgs)), we enjoyed a concert in the palace's Orangerie and dinner at a Café Residenz Schönbrunn. This was a special treat, we had pre-arranged, for my mother-in-law's 80th birthday.












artwork copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Schonbrunn Palace Concert and a Wiener Melange (coffee)
Vienna, Austria ~ August, 2011
Moleskine sketchbook, collage, pen&ink and reg. colored pencils

Needless to say, she was surprised, delighted, and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. We did too. :o) We listened to a small, but very talented/professional, orchestra play pieces from Mozart and Strauss. The performance also included two accomplished opera singers (a baritone and a soprano) and two sprightly ballet dancers (male & female).

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Orangerie at Night - Schönbrunn Palace
Vienna, Austria ~ August, 2011

You couldn't take pics during the concert - which I understand, but alas! We had front row seats (the very front row), so I wasn't about to be drawing when I should be listening. Besides, it was bad enough when I became the unwilling 'victim' of a moment of "audience participation" - ACK! Yes, that's right, I was picked-on by one of the ballet performers ...omg. I politely refused his repeated requests for a dance - as I was supposed to do, since it was a piece from Mozart's The Magic Flute and he (the dancer) already had a dancing partner. I can tell you,  I turned a thousand shades of red ... much the same color as the carpet on the steps of the stage and the concert seats ... Royal Red! :o))

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Concert Stage in the Orangerie
Schönbrunn Palace ~ Vienna, Austria
August, 2011

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So as not to make this an insanely long post, I'll post Part 2 tomorrow (or more likely Saturday because I'm not feeling so wonderful at the moment). My trip posts can get out-of-hand, quickly! I also returned from Vienna with a lovely head cold. It was a lot warmer in Vienna than it is currently in Holland ... maybe I caught something in the switching temps ... or maybe it was that ballet dancer!?! ;o)


tot morgen
(until tomorrow),
Judy
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