Friday, August 20, 2010

Finishing Things! - Rembrandt Insulinde tulips colored pencil drawing.

drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Insulindes in the Sky (sold)
8.5"h x 4"w approx.
colored pencils on paper

I've been busy tying up loose ends this month - which means I am getting on with finishing drawings and/or paintings that I've let sit for far too long. Currently, there are way too many "pots on the boil" in my studio ... way too many. *sigh*

The colored pencil drawing, of the Rembrandt "Insulinde" tulips, is one that I started two years ago! Yikes!, what took me so long?!! I posted about the beginning of this piece here (with some photos of the real tulips in their pots):
Since it's getting close to the time that I have to decided what tulips I want to plant in my garden by November of this year, I remembered that I had not finished this drawing of these beautiful tulips that I grew in planters the last few years. Now I want more of them actually in my garden and not in pots. The Rembrandt tulips are so beautiful, graceful and tall, with incredible varied patterning in the petals of each one (caused by a tulip virus in the bulbs, which is a good thing). Oh yes, I want to see more of these beauties in the Spring ! :o)

For the drawing, I used:
4 Bruynzeel Full-colors (discontinued brand, but I have two full sets), Faber-Castell Polychromos, Caran d'Ache Pablos, some Lyra Rembrandt Polycolors and Prismacolor - all regular colored pencils.
4 Stonehenge paper

Well, now it's on to the next drawing in the "need to get this done, before I die" drawer ... lol ! Excuse me while I disappear again - I'll post the next piece when I'm done, hopefully that won't be two years from now... tsjonge jonge jonge (my oh my, or tsk tsk)! :o)

tot de volgende keer,
(until next time)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Now She is 6 !

Happy Birthday (Fijne Verjaardag) to my sweet cat, "princess" Sacha!

colored pencil drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Sacha's Big Eyes
colored pencils on paper
approx. size: 4"h x 5"w

Yes, Sacha is 6 yrs. old today and every bit still the "princess" of our house, and the "owner" of this blog. :o). I don't normally draw animals, but it's her birthday so I thought I'd give it a go. And yes, Sacha's eyes are really that big (better to see me with). She's always giving me that "when are you going to feed me again" look. ;o) Don't worry, she gets fed very well!!

Since Sacha is a Dutch cat, you might want to wish her Happy Birthday in dutch. How to wish someone Happy Birthday in dutch, you ask? Here's how:

For close friends or family (these are in the 'familiar' voice)
1) Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag.
2) Fijne verjaardag!
3) Gelukkige verjaardag!
4) Hartelijk Gefeliciteerd en een fijne dag toegewenst!
5) Van harte gefeliciteerd en nog vele jaren.

For a person you don't know well, or the person is older or the cat is a "princess" ( this is the 'formal' voice)
1) Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met uw verjaardag.

And of course, everyone loves cake for their birthday, even Sacha, but make her's a fish cake! ;o)

Lang zal ze leven!
(Long may she live!)
tot ziens,


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