Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Sunflower (Zonnebloem), in Colored Pencil, means a Vacation in France.


copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
"Sunflower/Zonnebloem, 2009"
Colored pencils on Stonehenge paper

Somehow, sunflowers always remind me of summer and summer reminds me of France.

This little colored pencil piece was created with Sanford "Prismacolors", Derwent "Coloursofts" and Caran d'Ache "Pablo" colored pencils - on Stonehenge paper.

So, yes it's time to go to France for the summer!! Yep, I'm taking my art supplies and I'll be starting my 5th Moleskine sketchbook dedicated to my trips to France. I'll be back sometime around the end of July with some sketches, to show you, of our stay in the Limousin, Dordogne & Normandy regions of France.

O! and yes, the Kermits are going along ... as always! :o)

Au revoir, Tot ziens, Until then,

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A Peony for My Thoughts - Pen and Ink drawing.


copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
"A Peony for My Thoughts", 2009
pen & ink on paper
image size approx. 8"h x 5"w

My thoughts today? The D-Day Landings and my visit, 2 summers ago, to the American Cemetery in Normandy, France. A vist, I might add, that I'll never forget ; very moving indeed ( see my impressions of that trip here: Memorial Day, 2008- Sketch and Photos from Normandy ). I know this could have/should have been a drawing of a poppy (floral symbol of rememberance), but the poppies in my garden have yet to really bloom - so, no poppy models to bring inside, yet.

However, my peony bush really came forth this year with beautiful deep pink blossoms and the plant is only 2 years old. The flowers smell divine as well. I cut a few before the rains came and brought them inside to draw. Alas, the rains did come and they're all gone now; beautiful deep pink petals all over the ground ... pity. I'm going to buy a sister plant for this one, so I can have more next year.

Oh, there's also the "Drawing Day-2009" initiative today. I normally do not make a habit of joining in such events and haven't really made the effort here for that event, but perhaps it's a coincidence that I drew the peony today ... who knows?! I do enjoy working in pen & ink and particulary doing cross-hatching work. I really enjoy the graphic nature of the results - takes me back to my "art student days" and all those etching classes ... long, long ago.

Tot ziens,



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