Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!


vintage Thanksgiving greeting card
date & illustrator unknown

We hope all our American friends & family are having a Happy Thanksgiving, no mattter where in the world you are. :o)

I'm going to quote myself, from a blog post I did 2 years ago, because I know people google search for this:
"Thanksgiving Day, in November, is not a Dutch holiday - it is uniquely American. When it is celebrated here, it's because some "lucky" Dutch person is either married to (or living with), an American (heh heh!! *wink*) . Or, a group of American ex-pats living in the Netherlands (or anywhere in the world, for that matter) get together to enjoy a feast and good company!" originally posted by J. Nijholt-Strong - Nov. 22, 2007 on Kats-in-Klompen

Have a great T'Day!
knuffels (hugs)
Judy and "Sacha" the kat in klompen

Monday, November 23, 2009

Vacation in France, October 2009 - Part #5: Moleskine sketches and photos in Limoges, France.

`Finally, the last post about my Moleskine drawings done in France last month ...

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left: Store fronts in Limoges, France near the old Butchers' Quarter - Oct. 2009
right: Standing on the corner by St. Etienne Cathedral in Limoges - Oct. 2009
Drawings done in pen & ink with colored pencil in Moleskine sketchbook

We went to Limoges several times during our autumn vacation; Limoges is only about 40 minutes from Château-Chervix. The capital of the Limousin region, Limoges is a lively and active city with many cafés/restaurants and shops - it most famous, worldwide, for its porcelain and enamel industries (though the porcelain industry is more or less in decline now).

I did the drawing of the store fronts (on the left of the image above), while sitting at a small café in one of the oldest parts of Limoges. The area was once filled with butchers' shops during the middle-ages - now it's filled with gift shops and restaurants. When I did the drawing on the right-hand page in my Moleskine, we had just come out of the St. Etienne cathedral and I was waiting for my husband to get the car. Limoges is very, very hilly and I was tired! So, I took the opportunity to do the drawing of the corner of the cathedral while I was waiting ... standing up, btw.

This photo is the view that was behind me and though I didn't dare take a picture of him, there was a man standing at a second floor window (to the right of this photo - though not in view) who was watching me all the time. lol!

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Houses Behind St. Etienne Cathedral - Limoges, France - Oct. 2009

But look! There was this artist painting on a very busy square, right by a very busy round-about, in Limoges...

Complete with his "artist look" clothing. Hmm, maybe he was trying to "channel" the spirit of the famous Impressionist painter, Auguste Renoir, who was born in Limoges ... whatever. And the answer to your burning question is; "No!". I did not go ask him what he was painting, just snuck the!

Being the center of France's porcelain and enamel industry, there are many, many buildings/sculptures/fountains in Limoges with either enamels, ceramic tiles or mosaic works decorating their surfaces. This is a photo of one such building...

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Mosaic Covered Pavillion - Limoges, France - Oct. 2009

I'm not sure what that pavillion was for, but I think it is an exhibition hall for enamel & ceramic work. We didn't go in - maybe next time.

We did however, spend quite a lot of time in Limoges's St. Etienne Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Limoges) and the lovley botanical gardens behind it. I have tons of photos of this cathedral - we like cathedrals, so it seems!

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St. Etienne Cathedral - Limoges, France - Oct., 2009

The cathedral sits high above the city and dates back to the late 13th century (building began in 1273 A.D.). You can't miss it, really. Though, in my opinion, it is not the most beautiful of France's many gothic cathedrals from the outside, but then you go inside...

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Chapel of the Virgin Mary - St. Etienne Cathedral
Limoges, France - Oct. 2009.

The side chapels, surrounding the main altar of the cathedral, have all been restored to their original polychromed columns, walls and ceilings - complete with the gold guilding. It was fabulous!!

Restoration work had also been done on the different altars in the side chapels. I found this one particularly beautiful...

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Side Chapel with many Saints - St. Etienne Cathedral
Limoges, France - Oct. 2009

I could have spent the whole day in that cathedral - it is so lovely. Obviously, I'm just a huge fan of gothic cathedrals ... preferrably in France! lol

Here are some more views in and around the cathedral.

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Photo collage of St. Etienne Cathedral - Limoges, France - Oct., 2009.

Not sure when I'll get around to showing you the pics from the apple festival in Magnac-Bourg. I didn't do any drawing there, but I did make a very short movie with my digi camera. As soon as I get it spliced together, I'll try to post it on the blog. But don't hold your breath, because I'm still learning how to do this *omg*... and it's from my digi camera not a video camera. *eek*
tot ziens,

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Blue Pear in Gouache and a little medieval history.


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The Blue Pear

approx. 7"h x 5w"
gouache and ink on hp watercolor paper


I've been back at some gouache paintings this week and thought I'd post this one (while I still am writing up the last two posts about my October trip in France...). I'm using Royal Talens and Schmincke Horadam gouache paint; I love the Schmincke gouache paint - excellent paint. The ink work is done with the Sakura Micron Pigment pens. Among the many beauties of working in gouache, is that the colors of the original painting translate so well onto a computer screen - hardly any need to adjust anything, even when you photograph the image on a cloudy, dreary, Dutch day! The weather here has been sooooo dreary and rainy...alas, whatcha gonna do?!

I've also been re-reading a medieval history book that I purchased back in 1981, "Life in a Medieval City" by Joseph and Frances Gies. I was surprised to see the book is still available on Amazon. It's very well written, scholarly but not boring; an engaging book even for the non-student of medieval history. The authors relate the ins & outs of daily life in Troyes, France circa 1250 A.D., though much of it could be related to any medieval city of the 13th century. I found the section on what a "wet nurse" had to eat, to keep her milk good for a nursing baby, was rather interesting - "white bread, good meat, rice, lettuce, almonds and hazelnuts, and drink good red wine. If her milk fails, she eats peas, and beans and gruel boiled in milk. She avoids onions, garlic, vinegar and highly seasoned foods".

No mention of blue pears! ;o)

doei (bye),

Monday, November 16, 2009

Vacation in France, October 2009 - Part #4: Moleskine sketches and photos in & around house in Château-Chervix, France.


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Horse Chestnuts from Château-Chervix, France - Oct. 2009
watercolor, pen & ink in Moleskine sketchbook

You can't eat "horse chestnuts", but I was told that the branches from the trees are used in the Limousin as closet liners, to keep away bugs. I love the colors and shape of the horse chestnut (also known as "conkers" in the UK, I think, someone correct me if I'm wrong...leave a comment) and along with the drawing/painting above, I brought home a big bag of them.

Of course we do have both types of chestnut trees (in dutch the singular form = kastanjeboom) in Holland, but it was a lot of fun picking these off the ground in France; free souvenirs. :o)

The Limousin region of France is full of chestnut trees and the rental house's property was no exception. We picked up many "sweet chestnuts", the knd you can eat, and roasted them in the oven. As an arrival gift, we were given a delicious sweet chestnut cake, (a traditional product of the Limousin region), by the owner of the rental house. It was yummy.

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Painting/drawing of kitchen window view and sweet chestnuts at house in Château-Chervix, France. Oct. 2009
watercolors, colored pencil, pen & ink in Moleskine sketchbook

I did a lot of drawing & painting in the kitchen of the house, because it has large plate glass
windows, (one side with sliding glass windows), along the entire back corner of the room. Lovely views of the back yard and woods on the property, with beautiful light during the day. In the little painting on the left (above), I was trying to get the view out the window just after it had rained - the golden leaves of the chestnut trees stood out so much. The drawing on the right is just a chestnut leaf I picked up because I liked its color and curve - with some of the sweet

"Minette", the cat who owns the house, was paying me a visit in the kitchen that morning...
image ©2009 J.Nijholt-Strong
"Minette" is not grumpy, it's just her "look"- her brow seems to always be lowered. She's actually the most friendliest cat I've ever come across at a rental house; the perfect hostess.

And there are, of course, oak trees on the property...

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Study of a tiny branch of acorn caps at house in Château-Chervix, France. Oct. 2009 watercolor, pen & ink in Moleskine sketchbook

That little study was done one late afternoon while "Minette" was watching. I was quite pleased with the results (sorry the pic is lousy though..scanner is not working so had to use the camera on a rainy day). Maybe having a cat watching me draw helps?

We also bought some roasted sweet chestnuts at a chestnut festival. They were roasted over a wood fire so they tasted nice and smoky. This is "Grand Kermit" in the community park at St-Priest-Taurion (about 30mins. to the north of Limoges), enjoying some roasted chestnuts and the lovely October weather.

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong

Another study of a "horse chestnut" ...

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Study of horse chestnut and its shell. Château-Chervix, France. Oct. 2009
colored pencils with pen & ink in Moleskine sketchbook

"Horse chestnuts" have a different outer shell/casing than "sweet chestnuts" and the inner shell is extremely hard. Probably need a hammer to crack it open, though I haven't tried. In contrast the softer "sweet chestnut" shell is covered in thin prickly spines (sort of like a sea-urchin), but it opens easier and getting to the nutmeat inside is also easier. I have a Dutch friend who eats sweet chestnuts raw, he loves them - but not many people eat them raw, I know that I wouldn't. The best way to eat them is to cook them by either roasting on a fire (or in the oven), or blanche them in hot water. Lot of work either way, but very tasty.

Pity that I'm not a landscape painter (and never will be), because the views in the Limousin region of France are just gorgeous ...

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Landscape with pond and farmhouses, near Château-Chervix, France. Oct. 2009

That was shot from the car while we were on our way to go shopping in St. Yrieix (a town just south of Château-Chervix). The skies of October were incredible in the Limousin. During our October vacation, we only had 2 days of really rainy weather...pretty lucky.

Another mosaic of images in and around the rental house in Château-Chervix, France.(sorry there is no clicking for a larger view - thanks to all the image thieving from my blog)

all images copyright 2009, Judith Nijholt-Strong

Next post will be about the city of Limoges and an Ancient Apple Festival in the town of Magnac-Bourg that we visited. I hope to get to them before the end of the month, but I'm currently working on a colored pencil piece of a peony and I need to FINISH it - and Sacha, my cat, caught another bird and left it somewhere in the house and I can't find it!!! omg...

doei (bye),

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Vacation in France, October 2009 - Part #3: Moleskine sketches and photos at Château de Hautefort - Périgord Noir, France.

`On another day during our October trip in France (seems so long ago now...), we took a short ride into the upper Dordogne, Périgord Noir region to see the Château de Hautefort - which is located just 25 miles (40 km) east of Périgueux. Château de Hautefort is one of the most prestigious castles in Dordogne and is listed as an historical monument. From where we were staying in the Limousin, we travelled south-southwest to the château. We had seen it, from a distance (you can’t miss it, really) during our summer vacation, but didn’t have time for a vist then.

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Château de Hautefort gardens - France, Oct. 2009
colored pencils, pen & ink in Moleskine sketchbook

This is a pen & ink with colored pencil drawing, in my French vacations Moleskine, towards the back of the château from the formal garden. I was able to lean against a wall to draw this...and no one blocked my view, not even my husband who was millling around taking photos of the dahlias still in bloom. I knew before we went that I’d probably be sketching lots of greenery, fortunately I took along enough variations of green colored pencils!

We were extremely pleased to visit the château in the fall, as it was less crowded with tourists (though quite a few, given the time of year) which means no long lines to wait in (swelter in) as there would have been in the summer months.

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Château de Hautefort - overview of the front.

Overlooking the Auvézère Valley, high over Hautefort village, Château de Hautefort is an impressive sight with two long wings of rooms each terminating in a round tower. The entire castle is surrounded by exquisite French style formal gardens, (which I must say are meticulously maintained), and a large wooded park with winding foot paths with spectacular views to the valley below. The gardens and park were redesigned in the 19th century by the French landscape designer, Comte de Choulot, and again redesigned in the mid- 20th century by the current owners to include box hedges and topiary. The architectural style of this chateau (and its manicured gardens), is rare in the Dordogne - more akin to those built by the nobles in the Loire Valley.

This was shot from the castle's park area overlooking the valley, with the river Auvézère in the middle background.

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This sketch was done in the wooded park, looking down towards the neighbouring village of of St. Agnan in the distance. (Just noticed that I wrote "Périgord Vert (green)", under this sketch in my moleskine, when it shoud really be "Périgord Noir (black)" ... there are 4 different color distinctions for the Périgord area of the Dordogne... a lil confusing.)

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A view towards St. Agnan at Château de Hautefort-France, Oct. 2009
watercolors, pen & ink in Moleskine sketchbook

Me sketching that view ...

Along with some very peaceful foot paths, the park area has benches, here & there, throughout... excellent! I sat on one to do the Moleskine drawing and add the watercolors with my little travelling Winsor & Newton watercolor set and my Niji waterbrush. Auke, my husband, was wandering around taking pictures of the woods and sneaking pictures of me...

Built on the foundations of a 12th century fortified castle (some details of which remain, i.e. the drawbridge), Château de Hautefort was constructed in the middle of the 17th century by the Marquis de Hautefort. He chose the renaissance style of the Loire Valley castles for the château because it would be more pleasing to his sister’s taste and, it is said, to elevate his family’s social standing. After subsequently, more or less, falling into disrepair over the next 200 years of its existance, the château was bought by the Baron and Baronnesse de Bastard (yes, that’s the real name). They made it their life work to reconstruct and renovate the château to its former 17th century grandeur. This “task” took several decades during the middle of the 20th century (work began in 1929) and was completed by 1968 - after the baron had died, his wife continued alone.

Though you’re not allowed to take pictures of the castle interior, I shot this photo from a window at the end of a long , covered portico that runs the length of one of the wings (that was allowed). This window is just before you go up a grand staircase to enter the castle’s first floor. The view looks down upon one of the castle's formal gardens and out to the village of Hautefort.

Shortly after four decades of work had been completed, the château burned almost completely to the ground – an unfortunate accident (a careless guest dropped a burning cigarette, so the story goes) which left only the stone foundations and walls (albeit many in a sad state) behind. Undeterred by the catastrophe, the baroness resumed reconstruction work, again, and the chateau was renovated to it's current satate. The resulting, absolutely stunning, castle is a tribute to the efforts and dedication of the Baron and Baroness. A room in one of the towers of the château commemorates the events of the fire in 1968, complete with pictures of the disaster and the renovation work. It was amazing to see how much was actually destroyed and brought back to life again.

The photo below is of the inside of one of the tower’s bell shaped roof, just above the room where the exhibit of the reconstruction work and the many “medals of honor” of the late Baron de Bastard are also on display. He was awarded a medal of honor from the Netherlands as well as many from France & England, as well as many other countries (sorry, no pics allowed in that room).

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All that framing was done in the traditional wooden peg & hole manner... I didn't detect a single iron nail. However, there is some metal bracing in place at the top...good thing!

And, of course, “the photo moment” for my Kermits.

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The Kermits in front of Château de Hautefort.

Such happy travellers! lol

Me trying to get them to sit still for their photo shoot ...

“Petit Kermit”almost jumped off this wall! He would have landed on his noggin ... many feet below. I guess he was too excited.

Before leaving the château grounds, I was able to do this somewhat "wonky" drawing of one of the topiary boxwoods lining the pathway out.

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The Topiary Person - Château de Hautefort, France - Oct. 2009
colored pencils, pen & ink in Moleskine sketchbook

I thought the topiary looked like a human figure, in a way. They fascinated me. I wish I had the patience and artistry to do that to one of my boxwoods at home....not likely to ever happen.

I’ve put together another image mosaic of some of the photos I took on the day – around the château, inside the courtyard, in the formal gardens and in the wooded park.

all images copyright 2009, Judith Nijholt-Strong
Photo mosaic of Château de Hautefort - France, Oct. 2009

Along with the splendors of the building itself, Château de Hautefort contains an impressive collection of 17th century paintings and tapestries on view and is one of the most popular and visited châteaux (castles) in the Dordogne.

I'm glad I had the opportunity to visit the château on such a lovely October day.

tot ziens,

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Vacation in France, October 2009 - Part #2: Moleskine sketches and photos in Sarlat la Canéda, France.

In the first week of our October trip to France, we spent two glorious days in the medieval commune (town) of Sarlat la Canéda - better known simply as "Sarlat". Sarlat is located in the southwest of France in the Perigord Noir region of the upper Dordogne department in the Aquitane.

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Sarlat View from the Donkey Milk Soap Store
colored pencil, watercolors, pen & ink in Moleskine sketchbook

I loved the view above just as I walked out of the soap store, so I leaned up against the wall, on the steps, in front of the store to draw. Added some color on the spot and more later on that night back at the hotel. Oh, and I also bought some of the donkey milk soap. It's lovely, handmade, creamy soap and comes in different natural perfumes - I bought one that smells like wild blackberries.

Not far from the soap store corner, was this winding street stuffed with many different little artisan stores and café restaurants. People live above these shops and cafés. That's me in this picture ...

photo copyright, Judith Nijholt-Strong
Sarlat, France - Artisans' Shop in the Medieval Center - Oct. 2009

The area, in the photo above, is tucked just behind the main street in Sarlat's medieval center - it's one of many such streets/areas in the old center. It's mostly foot traffic in the area, especially on these narrow winding paths - the occasional little delivery truck does come through, but it's so incredibly narrow that donkeys would be a better choice, imo. lol

Time for lunch ...

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The Sign of La Crêperie de Sarlat
Pen & ink and watercolors in Moleskine sketchbook

We sat down to have lunch at the crêperie and the sign caught my eye. Not sure why, but it did, so I drew it. We both had "galettes" rather than the traditional sweet crêpes. Galettes are a Breton savory, thin pancake filled with any number of savory choices. I had one with ham & Emmental cheese and an egg on top. Yeah I know, not exactly on the diet, but it was good and I was on vacation!!! I was good though, because the crêperie was just across the corner from a handmade chocolate shop and I avoided the temptation to go in!

The view looking towards "La Crêperie" (that's me on the lower right).

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Sarlat, France - street view in front of creperie and chocolate shop - Oct. 2009

Me drawing at "La Crêperie" - nice to have a table to sit at while drawing!

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Drawing in the Moleskine in Sarlat, France - Oct. 2009

This is the area, near the crêperie and the town's main cathedral, during the day. If you take the street through the archway on the left of this photo, next to that ornate building with the pointy roof, you find yourself in the area of the artisans' shops and café resturants - the area in the first photo above (the one I'm walking in).

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Sarlat, France street in front of cathedral - day view - Oct. 2009

And this is the same view as above, but shot later that same night. We did a lot of night photography in Sarlat - it was absolutely beautiful everywhere we walked.

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Sarlat, France - street in front of the cathedral, night view - Oct. 2009

All over the old center, there were so many restaurants to choose from and in October they aren't overly crowded as they are in the summer months - which is why we went in October! This restaurant caught our eye as we turned down one of the old winding, cobblestoned, streets. Though we didn't have dinner there, the view was just so interesting, so we "snapped" it.

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Sarlat, France - street view in the old center at night - Oct. 2009

Ah yes, the Kermits went with us. As is his custom, Grande Kermit takes a break from all that walking (hopping?). ;o)

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Kermit enjoying the day (and a beer) at the Hotel la Mairie Café in Sarlat, France - Oct. 2009

On the central square in the old center, the Hotel la Mairie Café is a great place to take a break and enjoy some people watching ... or happy, green, frog watching! He does enjoy these trips and his beer... at least he's always happy. lol!

Looks like someone spilled pastel chalk, doesn't it? It's not...

photo copyright, Judith Nijholt-Strong
Sarlat, France - Stained glass window reflection on St. Sacerdos Cathedral floor - Oct. 2009

Isn't that simply beautiful? All the stained glass windows, in Sarlat's St. Sacerdos Cathedral, were just showing off how magnificent they were with all the reflections on the floor and walls. It's was marvelous to see this; a real treat.

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Sarlat, France - St. Sacerdos Cathedral interior with stained glass reflections - Oct. 2009.

The day was just perfect and the low October sun was hitting those windows just right - it was like an abstract pastel exhibition on the floors and walls. St. Sacerdos is a 17th century Gothic style cathedral which was built on the existing foundations of a 9th century Romanesque style church and abbey - there are some remaining vestiges of the 9th century church to be seen here and there. While we were in this cathedral marvelling at the architecture, the windows and the reflections, the church organist was practicing different pieces on the large pipe organ ... it was fantastic to be there.

I made this mosaic of some of the many photos we took of St. Sacerdos.
(click image to enlarge)

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Sarlat, France - Image mosaic of St. Sacerdos Cathedral - Oct. 2009

In two days, we took over 500 pictures in Sarlat. Everywhere you looked there was some inspiring view to capture in a photo, or to draw. Though I only did two small drawings while there, if we go back to Sarlat (in May of next year) I will do some more sketching for sure. Now I know where the sitting steps and tables are!

tot ziens,

Friday, November 6, 2009

Collections: Nature - Pen & Ink Contour Drawing of Hemlock Cones


copyright 2009, Judith Nijholt-Strong
Little Cones from Hemlock Trees
approx. 8"h x 5"w
Pen & Ink on Fabriano HP watercolor paper

It's been raining here almost everyday since we returned from France and it's gray, gray, gray outside. I've been more inclined to work in black & white right now, which seems odd since you'd think I'd want to work on something colorful. No, sometimes I get really tired of working in color everyday. Besides, I love pen & ink drawing - especially line contour drawing (blind or not blind). So I've been doing contour drawings of a bunch of what I think are cones from hemlock trees. Picked these up in a small wooded park near my house. I'm not really sure if they are from hemlocks, though they are very small - too small to be from a pine tree. Are pines & hemlocks related? Probably...what would I know!?! lol Guess I need to study some hardwood tree books ... no, no, no more books!!
Edit: What do you know?! I'm not as uninformed about trees as I thought. Hemlocks are indeed in the Pine family. See this link:

Still writing and re-writing posts about my trip to the Limousin in October. Getting there, but there's too many pics to choose from and my cat "Sacha" isn't helping me - no, she's just sleeping, eating, and pestering me.

tot ziens,

Monday, November 2, 2009

Vacation in France Moleskine, October 2009 - Part 1: Colored Pencil & Ink Sketch of “Minette” the cat - Château-Chervix, France


copyright 2009. Judith Nijholt-Strong
“Minette on Her Pillows, Oct. 2009 - Château-Chervix, France”
colored pencils, pen & ink, Moleskine sketchbook

Minette visited my husband and me almost every day when we returned to the Limousin, France last month, (mid-October), for our autumn vacation. The rental house is in the village of Château-Chervix. The owner of the rental house had told us that Minette had missed us very much after we left this past summer when that vacation was over, and that Minette had been looking all over the house for us a few days before we arrived in October. Uhmm, I guess even cats anxiously await someone’s return.
Usually Minette’s visits were just a quick “bonjour” meow and a stop for a little cuddle before she went out, for the rest of the day, into the woods near the house. But one night, she decided to spend the entire evening with us in the living room. We had sort of a “slumber party” with her - we had dinner and she had bits of the chicken I had cooked, we had wine and she had a little saucer of milk, we watched films and she watched us watching films into the wee hours of the night!
This sketch was done very early the next morning, very early, when I awoke to find her comfortably cleaning her lovely fur coat on her favorite pillows by the living room fireplace – she had slept there. Luckily for me she was concentrating so hard, while taking “her bath”, that she stayed still long enough for me to sketch her. I don’t normally sketch or paint animals because they move too much. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, now Sacha (my cat who could be Minette’s cousin, they look so much alike) will be jealous, but Sacha really never stays still!

Tot ziens,
I will try, over the next few weeks, to post the rest of my sketches from the October vacation, but I'm sort of busy in real life - so look for them in parts.


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