Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Random Silliness: Still in France, but I'm not drawing or painting...LOL

Instead... Auke, my husband, is doing "earthworks".

"Wilde Baguettes"
Auke Nijholt - 2010

Another view of this fabulous, sculptural tribute to the glorious baguette.

"Wilde Baguettes in situ"
Auke Nijholt-2010

Who knew his hidden talent?!
;o) :o) lol

Au revoir, until I get back to Holland.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Off to Limoges, France…again. scheduled post!

photo mosaic copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Images of the National Porcelain Museum - Musée National Adrien Dubouché
Limoges, France
pics taken in May, 2010

This is an automated post – I’ve never tried this before! By the time this post shows up here, I should be in Chartres, France (a stop over), on my way to Limoges.

I won’t be posting while I’m in France (I never and I've only made this one automated post. Unless Sacha, my cat, takes over the keyboard while I’m away, things will be quiet on Kats-in-Klompen until I return to Holland - around the middle of October.

Yes, I am taking my moleskine sketchbook journals along with me and I'll have lots to post about when I return to the keyboard. There are many more, yet to be discovered by me, interesting places around Limoges to visit and draw. :o)

Au revoir,

Monday, September 13, 2010

The TV trees in Beeld en Geluid Museum - drawing in my moleskine.

As promised, the drawings I did in my moleskine while at the Beeld en Geluid Instituut.This particular Moleskine is dedicated to drawings of places I have visited in the Netherlands.

drawing copyright 2010, Judith Nijholt-Strong
TV Trees in the Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid – 1
(Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision)
Hilversum, Netherlands
pen & ink, colored pencils in small moleskine sketchbook

As I wrote in a previous post, although you're not allowed to take photos inside the Beeld en Geluid Museum (and I did not), no one said you couldn't sketch or draw - which is one of the advantages of sketching/drawing on site, anywhere you go. I did most of these sketches inside, while watching the newsreels and then  filled in a lot of the color while we had lunch outside on the lovely patio with the visiting crow that I showed in a previous post.

drawing copyright 2010, Judith Nijholt-Strong
TV Trees in the Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid – 2
(Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision)
Hilversum, Netherlands
pen & ink, colored pencils in small moleskine sketchbook

My husband and I were watching old, Dutch television newsreels being shown on what looked to me like funky TV trees. I’m not sure if they were meant to be orange trees, but that’s what the orbs with the television screens in them looked like to me and they were orange in color. It was very interesting watching the old newsreels/clips – many of them had been shot in the 1930’s, some during WWII (during the occupation of Holland) and of course, after the war (scenes of the liberation).

It was also most interesting, to me anyway, just seeing the clips of everyday life in the Netherlands back in the 30’s/40’s and how much times have changed (thankfully we don’t have to beat rugs by hand anymore and no more wearing klompen (wooden shoes)) ... though, most Dutch folks do still ride bicycles everywhere – it’s good for you. :o)

You are allowed take pics outside of the beautifully colorful building of the Beeld en Geluid Instituut and also in the inner lobby area with its spectacular, colorful effect that's almost like being inside a stained glass window. It's a really beautiful building. Here’s a photo mosaic I’ve made of some of the pics I shot on the day. In one of the squares pictured in the mosaic, you'll see a sculpture of a television cameraman which is just across the street from the Beeld en Geluid Instituut - most appropriate for the Media Park location as that's where many of the television and radio programs are produced in the Netherlands.

All photos and photo mosaic copyright 2010, Judith Nijholt-Strong
Beeld en Geluid Instituut Pic Mosaic
Hilversum, Netherlands

If you'd like to read more about the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision here's a Link to the Beeld en Geluid Museum – page is in english.

This Wednesday, I'm off again to Limoges, France until the 2nd week of October - yay! While I'm there, if I get a chance and find a good WiFi spot, I may post from there - but I may also be too busy enjoying myself! Yes, I'll be doing more drawings in my Travels in France moleskine (starting volume 4 with this trip).

tot ziens,

Friday, September 10, 2010

Collections Nature- Turban Shell : Pen & Ink drawing with watercolor - Plus, an apology to my RSS Feed Subscribers.

`First, I want to advise everyone who reads this blog via a Feed Reader (i.e., Google Reader), that temporarily all feeds are shortened to text only-no images. You'll have to visit my blog to see the full post(s). I'm sorry I had to go to "short feeds" for awhile, but the image theft from my blog (and the spam) has forced me to take the necessary steps to, at least, stop as much of it as I can. I may switch back to full feeds if/when I have sorted everything out.

Ok, apology done - now I'm back in business with a small pen & ink drawing with a watercolor background.

artwork copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Topsy-Turvy Turban Shell

6"h x 4.5"w
Sakura Pigma Micron ink pens with Winsor-Newton watercolors

Arches hp watercolor paper

Having had to do a myriad of time consuming, headache inducing, tasks this week, I've had very little time for my art. The drawing, small though it is, is of one of my many shells in my shell collection - a Turban Shell (I think) flipped over. Headaches and annoyances do sometimes call for stolen moments of something you really would rather be doing - hence this little piece.

I've always enjoyed doing small contour drawings where the contour line is almost continous - meaning I don't pick up the pen from the paper. It's somewhat like a blind contour, but differs because I do look at both the subject and the paper while I'm drawing - so it's not really a blind contour. Then I combine some more concentrated/controlled lines, or color, to the surroundings of the subject - such as the controlled hatching in the shadows around the shell. It's the contrast of control and flowing that I'm after - a bit like life. ;-)

Was I successful? I don't know, but I enjoy drawing this way.

This weekend (hopefully), I'll post the sketches/drawings that I did at the Beeld en Geluid Instituut. I don't like using my scanner, but I may have to because the skies have been too gray here to get a good photo of my Moleskine pages.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Silently Watching Kraai (Crow)


photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
A Crow in the Media Park /Beeld en Geulid Instituut
Hilversum, Netherlands - 2010

I'm still being wary about posting my images to my blog - as wary as this crow was when I took this photo on the patio of the Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision) - located in the Media Park in Hilversum, Netherlands.

Although you're not allowed to take photos inside the Beeld en Geluid museum (and I did not), you can take pics outside. I also was able to do a couple of sketches in my moleskine inside. No one said you couldn't sketch, which is one of the advantages of sketching/drawing on site, anywhere. When I do a little more research about the current image theft happening to me and I figure out another way to try to protect my imagery (uphill battle, I know) , I'll probably post those sketches here...we'll see.

But until then, the crow and I are just watching.

Link to the Beeld en Geluid Museum - in english

tot ziens,

Saturday, September 4, 2010

A repost of sorts: Image Scrapers and Spam Comments - Stop it!

reposting this image - so appropriate!
"Children's Games"
Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Oil on oak panel , 118 x 161 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien - Vienna, Austria

Again!!! More image highjacking of my artwork from off this blog and constant, dumb, spam in the comments on this blog. I don't post to this blog for a few weeks and the spammers think that they can post comments here about their rental properties (as if I care or would ever rent from them...NO!!!), plus I've found several of my drawings on an image scraping site (which will remain nameless since I don't want to give it any more advertising than it already gets). Of course, I'm not alone - there are millions of sites under attack daily, but that's no excuse for theft & crap spam.

To the spam commentors: It's an exercise in futility all you travel rental spammers to try to leave a comment on my blog, because your comments don't get accepted so they won't show up on this blog - you bloody fools. In addition, you have been reported as a spam blogger. Keep it up and I'll report you to Blogger, again and again and again.

Image Scrapers: The image scraping is another problem and a bigger problem. In addition to my own images being scraped (used without my permission), I found several images scraped from other artists I know who also blog. Now, this is a huge problem and one that is connected to Google Image searches. It's a bit beyond me, the tech end of it, and fighting it is virtually impossible as it's a fault of the how Google Image search works. Plus, since I don't write in Chinese (one of the sites who is currently doing most of the image scraping), I'm at a bit of a loss to correct the problem. In addition I'm not about to send an email to that crap scraping site to have my images removed - I'd probably open myself up to some crap virus or something.

I do think I have an idea how to get the image scraping to stop, but this will probably cause my images to no longer come up in a Google search, but so be it. If I am to continue with this blog, then something's going to have to change, or I'll just never post another image of my artwork here again.

I am, as you might imagine, beyond just a little bit angry ( and if I were to post what I'm really thinking I'd have to use every foul swear word in both my English and my Dutch dictionaries...and I mean foul!!!)

Spammers and Image scrapers - Ga weg! ( go away!)

We thought the painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder was appropriate for this post ... for obvious reasons.



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