Friday, September 30, 2011

Photo Friday: In the Forest of Lage Vuursche

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Gorgeous late September weather (Indian summer) means,  finally, a chance to go for a long walk. We decided to walk in the forest (boswandeling), in nearby Lage Vuursche, which is located in the province of Utrecht. I didn't sketch, but as you can see, I did take the froggy companions. :o)

Here's a  photo mosaic I made of our day out ...

all photos copyright ©2011 Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
In the Forest of Lage Vuursche ~ Sept. 2011
Lage Vuursche, The Netherlands

A lovely, lovely day! And tomorrow, if the weather remains lovely, we're planting our tulip bulbs. :o)


tot ziens,
Judy
and Sacha the cat (garden helper)
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"Wound Up" with distractions ...

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It's Fall and, as usual, this season distracts me ... in a good way!

drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
all rights reserved.
Wound Up ~ September, 2011
approx. 7"h x 5"w
Regular colored pencils on Dahler-Rowney paper

When the nights begin to get a little chilly at this time of year, I always drag out my storage boxes of unfinished crochet and needlework projects. They're 'unfinished' projects because I keep unraveling the crochet - I'm never quite happy with some of the color combinations *sigh*

As if there isn't enough stuff on my studio desk, I had to draw one of the little balls of yarn - it was so cute sitting there on my desk. This is how my desk looks when I 'multi-task' ...

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Distractions ~ September, 2011

Between finishing old and new drawings/paintings, I've been very busy with a few other "crafty" projects (i.e., new winter scraves, autumal centerpieces, decorations for Halloween). Yes, I work on these things simultaneously , all in my little attic studio here in Holland. I'm not sure why I work this way, but I always have. Am I crazy? - maybe ...

I blame it on Fall. :o)

tot ziens
Judy
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Golden Rose

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Drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. All rights reserved.
Golden Rose - September, 2011
colored pencil on stonehenge paper ~7.5"h x 5.5"w

Finished another flower! Yay me. :o) Truth be told, yellow/golden roses are not my favorite color of roses, but I'd never turn down a bouquet filled with them. :o)

Lately, I've been busy, busy, busy with a lot of flower drawings and paintings. Mainly it's because I like growing flowers, I like getting & giving flowers (happy that I moved to Holland!) and I like drawing & painting flowers. Flowers are pleasent models. ;o)

For this drawing I used:
Sanford Prismacolors reg. colored pencils
Caran d'Ache Luminance colored pencils
Caran d'Ache Pablos reg. colored pencils
Sanford Prismacolors Colorless Blender pencil
Stonehenge paper - white

Edit to add: It appears I'm posting flowers on Tuedays in this month... how odd! Wonder what next Tuesday will bring...

tot ziens,
Judy
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

End of Summer Dahlia in colored pencil

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Drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. All rights reserved.
End of Summer Dahlia - September, 2011
colored pencils on black stonehenge paper
6.75" h  x  6.5" w

Spending some of my studio time going through my flat files and finishing up pieces that I, apparently, was bored with at one time or another. 

To me, this "boredom" syndrome (and you know, we all get it) is not actually a bad thing, as you can always put something away and see it again, later, with fresh eyes. Often, I find 'returning' to an unfinished piece can be a very good thing.

For this piece I used all regular colored pencils- no watercolors and no solvents:
Faber-Castell Polychromos
Caran d'Ache Luminance
Sanford Prismacolors - only the white pencil
Talens' Van Gogh regular colored pencils
On black Stonehenge paper


tot ziens,
:o) Judy
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Continuing my "Small Things" moleskine ~ colored pencil & ink drawings

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It just keeps on raining & raining in Holland - *sigh*, not many sunny days these past few months.

So I've been staying indoors, drawing (I do draw everyday, regardless of the weather), painting, finishing things (so many 'unfinished' projects), cleaning things (the studio). And most importantly, I'm continuing things - such as one of my folded moleskines that I titled "Small Things". It's filling up with drawings of 'small things' on my desk.

Candy seems to be one of my favorite models to draw or paint ...uh-oh! lol

drawings copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved
Small Things - Candy ~ Sept. 2011
pen & ink with reg. colored pencils in Japanese folded moleskine


Snail shells and sea shells are another favorite subject of mine. I've collected  a lot of snail shells recently, given all the rain we've had.

drawings copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Small Things - Shells ~ Sept. 2011
pen & ink with reg. colored pencils in Japanese folded moleskine

I have yet to figure out  a good way to take a pic of the whole book when it's opened (I need some ideas) ... difficult! Here it is closed...

photo copyright J. Nijholt-Strong
Japanese Folded Moleskine
"Small Things # 1"
moleskine size: 5.5"h x 3.5"w

I started this particular folded molekine back in 2010; here are links to the other drawings in this little book :


 
Tot ziens.
or 'tot' a sunny day!!
Judy
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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Rode Ui (Red Onion) in Gouache

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Did a little gouache, for a change ...

painting copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Rode Ui #1 (Red Onion #1)
Winsor & Newton gouache on paper - approx. 5.5"h x 5.5"w


Eventually, most, but not all (rocks would not be tasty), still life subjects in an artist's studio become part of a salad, dinner, or even dessert.

This red onion became part of a salad. :o)

Eet smakelijk! Bon appétit! Enjoy your meal!

Judy
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