Sketch Journal Project



Summer is in full blast here and I would not mind spending my entire days in water, cold water that is. How happy I am to have picked swimming again last Fall!!

It reminds me too of my youth in The Netherlands and growing up in a little village there…summer was almost literally spent in the water at the local outdoor pool which was the centre of the universe all summer vacation! And outings were often to lakes or seasides: more swimming!
This drawing also reminds me of those beautiful informative posters hanging in our class rooms with fetching titles like: “What lives in this pond” or ” What swims in the North Sea”. Usually those posters got more attention from me than the teachers…

Some studies of swimming people.

Love and Liefs, Johanna

Sketch Journal Project


sketchbook07-11-16002Working my way through the hot summer here..I am a Fall/Winter girl, can you tell with all my whining???;o)
Anyhue, we got lots of rain, which was excellent for the garden. It did not improve humidity but in my nice cool house I could pretend Fall started. I love rain, I really do. Coming home with Charley, soaked and than drying of, snuggle up with tea and a book. Heaven!!


Ha, and of course, I leave you with my favorite rain song!

T zal wel aan mijn Hollandse achtergrond liggen maar ik heb echt geen bezwaar tegen regen..zelfs niet tegen de warme zomerregens hier (ik ben echt wel meer een herfst en winter meisje) 

Love and Liefs, Johanna

After the Midsummer Full Moon


I am really enjoying my new sketchbook project. Committing myself to this, makes me simply work harder and think more about my drawing and art. I look at world with a sharper eye, because a week has passed in a blink of an eye.

So in the corner of a page I doodled this full moon because I love it when the moon is full and this year at Midsummer it was so special. I also love folktales, like the hare/rabbit in the moon. Isn’t it remarkable that so many cultures have a tale about a hare/rabbit in the moon?


It inspired me to make this drawing. (this one is without stars)

Nu ik elke week een pagina van mijn schetsboek laat zien, werk ik veel harder en let ik meer op wat een goed onderwerp is om te schetsen …want een week is zomaar voorbij. Ik tekende een schetsje van de volle maan met een haas in hoekje van een bladzijde. Ik maakte er deze tekening van want ik vind t prachtig als de maan vol is en dit jaar was t zo speciaal met midzomer. En ik houd erg van volksverhalen, t verhaal van de haas op de maan komt in veel culturen voor maar ik geloof niet in in Nederland.

Love and Liefs, Johanna

Sketch Journal Project


sketchbook07-04-16001-001“An illustration is a graphic depiction of any concept or subject in a drawing, sketch, painting, photograph, cinema or other type of image. The word comes from the latin word illustra’tio, illu’stro meaning enlighten, irradiate.”
Illustration – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An excellent definition , I’d say. I consider my work as Illustrative Art. I like my work to tell a story, to evoke a feeling, a memory. And I know the limitations of my talent for drawing. So drawing after real life never really had my interest, (much to the dismay of former art teachers. )

And I am pleased to say, I am no longer taken aback by it either in a way that would make me shy to show my work. Now that took a long time ;o) I really love what I am doing and it makes me very happy when people love my work too.

However, I keep on studying and practicing because I do want to learn new skills and improve on the ones I already have. But only to further develop my own style, not to be able ‘to better get it right’.


This sketch took me out of my comfort zone. It’s a landscape , it needs perspective…hard work for me! I wanted to make a sketch of my favorite spot in the garden. Under that big tree, on the steps of the deck in my backyard. That’s where I love to sit with a cup of tea and just watch the birds and Charley and think of nothing in particular. To catch that feeling I had ‘to move’ three and ‘reshape’ the house. All and all I am happy with it, as far as I (or any artist that looks at its own work, I suspect) can be happy with it.

Just drawing it exactly as it is, would not have given me the opportunity to capture that feeling. Does it make sense to you?

Love and Liefs, Johanna

ps this is an older photo, the house is indeed painted white now ;o)



What happened in every day life at the Walker residence? Well, there was a fabulous tea party with a couple fabulous friends in honor of a birthday.  The weather was perfect…

Then the weather turned nasty hot and our backyard birds were so happy with our fountain.



I gave a lovely smart cookie of a girl a book and card for her 6th birthday and look what she send me for a ‘Thank You Note’ !! What a talent and a promise for the future!!!



It is always a secret wish of mine, to have chickens scurrying and scratching around in the garden. However, we travel too much and Charley loves chickens in different way (nicely cut up in her bowl…) So I am very happy with this jolly fat chicken, I found in a yard sale for 5 dollar and she takes care of herself!!!


Knitting these mittens is such bliss…at least when my hands are not too hot and sweaty.


And I finished and blocked this colorful shawl. Charley thinks it matches her coat very well.


Wat gebeurde er zoal in Huize Walker de laatste tijd? Nou bijvoorbeeld een gezellig thee partijtje met gezellige vriendinnen. Vogels die verkoeling zoeken van wel heel heet weer.Een bijzonder leuk meisje die een wel heel fraai bedankbriefje stuurde voor een cadeautje met kaartje. En ach…deze gezellige dikke kip!! Slechts 5 dollar op een garage sale en zij zorgt ook nog es voor zichzelf. Charley was teleurgesteld want zij ziet liever een kipje lekker in t pannetje ;o) Zij wilde wel even fotomodel zijn voor deze gebreide sjaal…en als t niet klef heet is, brei ik ook graag aan deze wanten.

Happy Canada day and Happy Fourth of July…a nice long weekend for all here in North America!
Love and Liefs, Johanna

New Years Resolutions and Sketchbook Project

schetsboek1001Midsummer has passed, so time for me to check on how I am doing with my New Years Resolutions. Well not too shabby, me thinks, even with my exercise program! 


But I am still slacking when it comes to using my sketchbook more…So I studied different books on the subject and I liked this one best. It encouraged me to start a Sketch Journal. I opened this post with an image of my first page, which clearly states the purpose of this journal ( as recommended by the book) and I will commit myself to use it once a week and show it here.


Here some sketches of one of my summer favorites : honey bees…because I am a honey monster ;o) I eat honey on my toast, pancakes, stir fry dishes, scones and much, much more. And the full moon on Midsummer was called the honeymoon

This photo is from last year. This is a bumble bee another summer favorite of mine. You can read the funny story attached to it here.

Juni alweer! T jaar half om , dus maar es kijken naar de goede voornemens van januari.
Niet zo slecht, zelfs meer beweging/sport gaat aardig goed. Alleen t gebruik van een schetsboek…oei! Dus ik heb mijzelf verplicht om 1x per week een bladzijde in mijn spiksplinternieuw schetsboek te doen en hier te posten.

Love and Liefs, Johanna

Jake, The Pillow Snake


Whilst hiking pleasantly with Mr. Walker and Charley on a sunny morning, we encountered this rather large black rat snake at Long Branch Farm.


At first much to my dismay…since I mistook the poor thing for a rattle snake and ran of not in my usual calm nature loving kind of mood but screaming my head of pulling Charley along;o)


To my defense, it was rattling its tail and it was a generous 5 feet! Apparently they imitate rattlesnake tails, to scare predators…very effective I’d say!


Fortunately, staff members Lisa and Tom came walking up and were delighted to meet up with this magnificent creature and explain all to me and most importantly how innocent and useful it is. Farmers love them for their good appetite for rats…hence the name.

They were checking up on the nest boxes and had just stated to each other that they had not seen snakes yet this Spring…

Mr. Walker clearly had more common sense and shot these gorgeous photos. It has these milky blue eyes because it’s about to break skin. After that, the eyes will be gleaming black again.

Look it is almost smiling.

Niet schrikken…maar kijk eens wat wij op een zonnige morgen tegen kwamen in Cincy Nature centre tijdens een hike.
Ik stapte bijna op deze 1.5 meter en zo dik als mijn pols black rat snake. Ik schrok me rot en rende ras de andere kant uit met de sirene op vol en Charley op mijn hielen. Deze slang heeft namelijk net als een ratelslang een ratel aan zijn staart.
Er kwamen net twee stafmedewerkers aan gewandeld die nestkastjes controleerden en die waren helemaal blij deze schoonheid te zien. Het is natuurlijk een volkomen onschuldige en erg nuttigde slang die boeren graag in hun stallen zien om ongedierte op te ruimen, vandaar de naam, rattenslang.
Meneer Walker was natuurlijk weer de koelheid zelf en nam een paar fraaie kiekjes.

De ogen zijn overigens nu blauwgrijs omdat het dier op t punt straat te vervellen. Als dat achter de rug is, dan zijn ze weer gitzwart.

Love and Liefs, Johanna



Well Spring has sprung and gave, next to work in the garden, lots of beautiful flowers in home to enjoy.


There was painting to be done, the kitchen looks nice and shiny again.


We had lovely warm days and I had plenty of time too, to just sit in the garden and watch birds and ‘our’ squirrels. They hardly left the owl box they live in and I suspected they had babies.

DSC_1049-001And indeed , we got some glimpses of them. There seem to be two…I am not always a fan of those greedy squirrels but this is so cute.

DSC_1040-001Knitting at the moment is this simple shawl but such a joy with this incredible yarn in the most beautiful colors. I so wanted to knit in colors after reading this book about Sonia Delaunay.


I watched the documentary on Vivian Maier and I am fascinated by her story. A sad story too in a way. I ordered her books from the library and I am enjoying it so much…what an incredible talent this remarkable woman had!


DSC_1104-001My sister was here with my brother-in-law for a whole week …such bliss. She spoiled me rotten and amongst the many presents she left me with, this lovely donkey for my collection. She shook her head…


Am I the only one who loves these??? Mr. Walker says, he likes them best in my studio ;0) …but I am still moping and sulking now my sister travelled back all the way to The Netherlands.

So best remedy for that: busy working again! For instance on a tea themed card set a lovey friend requested…it makes me very happy!

Aaaand Mr. Walker and I did also some very exciting traveling ourselves!! Can you guess where we were? More about that later.

Nou dat was een drukke tijd met veel werk in de tuin en ondertussen genieten ook van schattige eekhoorntjes, de keuken kreeg een likje verf, mijn zuster en haar man kwamen op bezoek vanuit Nederland (en gingen weer terug, snif!) Lekker breien en weer druk met tekenen. En meneer Walker en ik zijn op reis geweest…raad eens waar we waren?
Meer daarover later!

Love and Liefs, Johanna

Lately: Apologies, Taking a Break and Happy Easter!!!


Dear blog friends! Myohmyohmy, life is unusual busy here at the Walker residence. Kitchen redecoration, several travels, a garden that needs full devotion in Spring…most of it fun. However, my pace of life is usually very slow so when things speed up, I have a hard time moving along.

I have neglected you all terribly. So sorry about that.



Even too busy to do much drawing but I did make these two birthday cards for two veryveryvery special people.

So I have decided to take a break from blogging! I am going to miss you all terribly.

I wish you all Happy Easter and I hope we can all enjoy good spring weather.

Een ongebruikelijke drukke bedoening hier in Huize Walker! Keuken wordt eens opgeknapt, de tuin heeft alle aandacht natuurlijk nodig, er wordt gereisd ook…ohohoh, ik heb mijn blogvrienden verwaarloosd!!! Dus ik heb de knoop doorgehakt en neem eens even een pauze van bloggen!

Ik wens iedereen fijn Paasdagen toe en een heerlijke lente!

Love and Liefs,

Lately: Colds, Colors and Comfort


February can already give those little glimpses of Spring on the occasional warmer, sunny days here in Southern Ohio. Or not…

Even Mr. And Mrs. Squirrel prefer staying indoors. Actually quite cosy, the two darlings in the owl box where they made a warm nest of leaves and moss and the likes.

And so a few of my Wonderful Friends and I decided to go to a Knitting Retreat , perfect for February (more about that later)

It was marvelous…but alas, we all came back with a nasty flu. (Another bird, not really sharp but quite funny.)

My flu virus had even worse manners and invited bacteria that lead to a lung infection and ruthless, ever so much inelegant coughing.


I am incredibly bored because the only thing I like to do now, is play with my camera and sleep.

Apparently, I even rather take photos of my meals then eat them.


Thanks goodness, there lots of color at least on my plate.


And in the flower vases.

Yeah….incredibly bored…not that you will hear me whine about it ….

Ik ben herstellende van een zwarte griep en verveel me een beetje…

Love and Liefs,