Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Greetings and a finished drawing! ~ ~ Paasgroeten en een voltooide tekening!


Image copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Allrights reserved.
"Sacha in the Easter Eggs - 2008"
digital collage

As you can see in the picture above, I am totally embarassed and overwhelmed by all those Easter eggs (paaseieren) !!! "Mom" is just lucky I sat still long enough for her to get this photo of me...but I was not pleased. I'm listening to the Utrecht Dom tower chimes (the tower in the background), but I"m not too happy about it ... hee heeeeeee! Who's going to help me eat all these Easter eggs??!! lol

Speaking of eating Easter eggs, "mom" did finish her drawing of the chocolate ones I wrote about on Friday's post ... and there are still some left-over chocolates hiding in her studio. I don't think I would have left any behind!

"Easter Chocs"
copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
approx. 4.5inch square, colored pencil on drafting film

It hasn't snowed yet here today, (though the skies look rather weird right now) , but it's really very cold for the end of March. Our heirloom tulip pots are remaining covered the blooms are too fragile at this point for freezing and below freezing temps like we had overnight. ( - 4 celcius this morning).

I think I'll go peel some Easter Eggs now...wish me luck.

And here's wishing all who celebrate the holiday, a very ...

Happy Easter from Utrecht!

Vrolijk Pasen vanuit Utrecht!

tot ziens,

P. S. - "Mom's" knee surgery is scheduled for this coming Thursday...we might be gone for a bit, until she feels like typing again. doei! (bye!)

Friday, March 21, 2008

Colored Pencils, Chocolate and Easter Eggs ~ ~ ~ Kleurpotloden, Chocolade en Paaseieren


"Easter Chocs" (work in progress)
copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Talens Van Gogh and
Caran d' Ache colored pencils on drafting film

"Mom" has been working the last few days on the colored pencil piece above, but it doesn't look like it will be finished before Easter! She's also been busy decorating the house... excuses, excuses!!

Whenever "mom" draws her tempting chocolate pieces, she always works from life rather than photos. The chocolates sit on the paper (or her desk) as you see above. Personally, I think she's been eating too many chocolate eggs instead of doing the drawing and that's the real reason it isn't finished! "Papa" laughs at her when she says she needs to find some more "models" because the ones she had have all mysteriously disappeared. No wonder she prefers to draw these chocs from life!

This is a colored pencil drawing on drafting film, which is faster than her usual technique on paper, but I've also been pestering her all week. I have to confess, I ate a decorated real egg yesterday! The egg had cracks in it and, well, I'm a little farm cat and the smell of the egg inside was just too tempting for me... heh heh. I rolled it off the kitchen table, onto the tile floor and picked my way through the colorful shell ..."Mom" wasn't too pleased with me. Oops! ; )

It looks like we may have snow for Easter Sunday! Wasn't that supposed to be for Christmas? Oh well, we're having weird weather for sure! Today we had icy rain mixed with wet snow. Our poor tulip babies were shivering.

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Duc van Tol tulips, White Hyacinths and
Grape Hyacinths

"Mom" put bags on top of the three large pots to protect them from further freezing rain and possible snow ... we'll see what Sunday brings and just how far along "mom" has progressed with this drawing by then! I bet there will be no "models" left behind

Tot Zondag! (until Sunday)


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Almost Forgot the Blog's Birthday! ~ ~ ~ Bijna Vergeten!

Another year has passed for "Kats-in-Klompen" !
"Sacha and Chocs"
Image copyright 2008, Judith Nijholt-Strong.
Yep, I almost forgot - how shameful!
I just never thought I'd get this far without my brother around. So the blog is 2 years old now...omg.
As you can see from the photo surrounded by "Mom's" colored pencil drawing of a chocolate, I'm on my way outside...headed for some adventure.
*"Mom's" bad knee update*
"Mom" has a torn meniscus in her left knee and will have surgery in a month. She's actually happy about this! LOL
blogger is annoying... I have to keep putting in little spacing dots to seperate the image from the text... grrrrr


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