Monday, August 7, 2017

Happy Birthday to my 'Kat-in-Klompen'

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"Sacha's Birthday - Aug. 6, 2017"
August 2017 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Sacha had a birthday yesterday. Now she is 13! :)
Mostly, she acts like a 5-year-old even though she's a 'grande dame' now. ;)


Judy
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Lovely, but Invasive, Vine ...

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"Passion Flower Vine"
pen & ink with watercolors in Moleskine sketchbook
July 2017 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

It's a lovely vine, the Passion Flower, but this particular specimen is not growing in my garden. 
No, it's in the neighbor's garden where it is strangling everything in its way! I go to battle with this vine practically on a daily basis. The flowers are truly beautiful, I can see that, but the vine creeps from my neighbor's trees into my garden and, well, I'm not thrilled about the lovely, but invasive, vine choking the plants in my garden. Not one bit thrilled, grrrr. 

So, I cut it, chop it, basically stop it 'dead in its tracks' whenever it creeps into my garden. HA! Forget about me 'talking' to the neighbor about this, as it would be an extreme 'exercise in futility' on my part since this isn't the only plant from their garden that invades my garden and the neighbors don't care. Alas. *sigh* In the end, the bits I chop off from various 'neighboring' invaders become subjects for drawings or paintings ... or they go to the green trash bin.  

The drawing in my Moleskine was made from a piece of the invasive, yet beautiful, vine that I captured and brought into my studio a couple of weeks ago. Interesting subject to draw & paint.  :)

Cheers to summer; I can't wait for it to be over and that vine dies back.


Judy

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Tiny Tulip "Gavota"

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"Tiny Tulip - Gavota"
Colored pencil, Pen & Ink in Moleskine sketchbook.
April 2017 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands


I did this drawing this past April of the tiniest "Gavota" to make an early appearance. 
The lovely "Gavota" tulips, from our garden, are now all gone. :( 
We'll just have to plant even more for next year. :)


Tot ziens,
Judy
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