Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Queen's Day 2008, Colored Pencil Drawing, Tulips and lots of Orange! ~ ~ ~ Koninginnedag 2008, Tekening met Kleurpotlood, Tulpen en veel Oranje!

© 2008. Judith Nijholt-Strong
"Prinses Irene Tulip with Warm Colored Pencils" (NFS)
11" h x 8.5" w, colored pencils on d'Arches hp watercolor paper

Today is a national holiday in the Netherlands - Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) . There will be games, fun, music, flea markets, parties and lots of orange colored things everywhere to celebrate the Queen's birthday (verjaardag) ! Orange (oranje) is the official color of royal standard for the Dutch Royal Family.

"Mom" did the colored pencil drawing above in different shades of oranges and warm colors to celebrate the day. In the drawing she has included a lovely orange "Prinses Irene" (Princess Irene) tulip from our garden. The tulip is named after one of the sisters of the current queen of the Netherlands - HRM Queen Beatrix van Oranje-Nassau.

To get "in the spirit", I will spend my day in my garden enjoying "our" tulips and being appropriately dressed for this occasion ... of course!

image copyright J. Nijholt-Strong
"Sacha wears her Orange crown"

I might see if I can pop some orange balloons too! hee hee That's what I do, I stay in trouble all the time ... heh heh.

Here is another picture of our Prinses Irene Tulips. This year, "we"planted them throughout our back garden.

image copyright J. Nijholt-Strong
"Prinses Irene Tulips, 2008"

Beste Lezers,
Mocht u zich in Nederland bevinden, dan wens ik u een fantastische dag toe!

Dear Readers,
If you are in the Netherlands, I wish you a fantastic day!
Hup Holland!

About the colored pencil drawing:

"Prinses Irene Tulip with Warm Colored Pencils" was done from life using the colored pencils I own as models, as well as a tiny baby Prinses Irene tulip that I cut from our garden.

I love the delicacy of the tiny tulip and I especially love the unique coloring of the Prinses Irene tulips. The purple-brown, feathery stripes that run up from the base of the tulips through the bright orange petals on stems of greenish-mauve is a coloring that is pleasing to me...though I'm not sure why?! I'm not usually found of lots of orange in my garden, but I fell in love with this tulip when I saw it two years ago at the world famous Keukenhof gardens here in the Netherlands.

When deciding which of the many brands of colored pencils that I own to use for this drawing, it seemed to me that the range of warm orange shades in the Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils fit perfect for portraying the Prinses Irene tulip (they also were my models). Add to that the fact that the Faber-Castell and the Talens' Van Gogh caput mortum pencils were perfect for the feathery stripes & stem - I love the caput mortum pencils! lol

Materials used for this 11" x 8.5" colored pencil piece:

Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils
Talens Van Gogh regular colored pencils
d' Arches hot pressed watercolor paper

Want to know more about Queen's Day in the Netherlands?
My "kats" wrote a blog post last year about Koninginnedag , complete with some of the history and links to games - if you'd like to read more, click on: Today is Queen's Day ...

~ Judith Nijholt-Strong

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day to the Earth!

Gefeliciteerd! (Congratulations!) "Gefeliciteerd" is something you say at many celebrations here in the Netherlands ... and then you give, and get, 3 kisses on the cheek! :o)

It was another lovely day today in "our" garden; just perfect for enjoying the earth (aarde) .

I celebrate Earth Day in my own way... stalking something.

Oops! I'm caught on camera again ... stalking something else!

Happy Earth Day!

Tot ziens,

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Something to make you smile! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Iets om je aan het lachen te maken!

Just some more Random Silliness here at Kats-in-Klompen .
Something to make you smile (Iets om je aan het lachen te maken) .

So I ask you ...
Are you?
H A P-arking Copper Lowercase Letter p Y
That's made with this nice little Flickr widget thingy that Eric Kastner developed and you can use it too!! You can find it here Spell with Flickr which should cause you to spend a few minutes just "playing" around.

And I found this funny, interesting Squidoo Lens which made "Mom" smile (and ;o) She remembers a lot of the things in The Now Defunct Museum and she's happy to hear that Clove Gum is back! I'm going to have to get her some!!

I hope you are having fun like I am. It's April and I'm mostly outside these days!

Tot ziens!
and be Happy


Sunday, April 6, 2008

My new house! ~ ~ Mijn nieuwe huis!

I think it's time for a little "Random Silliness" for the beginning of April. "Papa" brought this home for me yesterday.

I like the color and the toy inside, but I'm not really ready to move in ... just yet.


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