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Spring indeed this year, with temperatures around 22 C at first, in march! Now it has lessened to a mere 16 C, but nice. The Bergenia is one of the first plants that is in bloom in my garden. In Dutch it is called Schoenlappersplant…cobbler plant, as in ancient times the waxy leaves were used to shine one’s shoes. For the leaves an olive green with yellow and bordered by Indian red. The stem and such also with olive and Indian red, some dark red mixed in. Sepia, olive green, sap green and walnut brown for the base of the leaves. Magenta and dark red for the flowers. I’ll take a holiday break as I am traveling through Indonesia for a month shortly.DSC00518

Prunus, sierkers

It is a crazy spring in this country. The day before yesterdag we had the warmest 21st of March in history and now, two days later it rains hailstones, but also rains water fortunately. I processed 20 wheelbarrows of manure (delivered by the Scouting who sells it for charity) and the rain of today is heaven sent…. Last week I painted some cherry blosom in the garden. (Obviously)dark red, permanent carmine, magenta, Indian red and English Venetian red for the leaves and blossom, sepia brown, madder brown, walnut and dark olive green for the branch.DSC00428

Spring cleaning for the garden. The daffodils, pushkinia and crocus have been able to push to the surface. In the otherwise drab and bare garden they make the color. And it seems that snails are moving on; I find lots of deserted homes. In autumn I don’t do a lot in the garden except for clearing the paths and throwing all falles leaves in the garden to compost, so in the spring I have to get moving! Different oranges and yellows; chroom/translucent, indian yellow and cadmium  yellow for the daffodil, as well as some olivegreen and madder brown. For the pushkinia olivegreen/green olive..dampened a bit by cadmium yellow and ultramarine violet/ultramarine finest. The home of the snail gets sepia brown and what’s left over from the flowers.DSC00398

And the last of my impressions of India of my travel in november 2013. Drawing this in our cold climat; 2C. I was in an animal shelter, predominantly for cows, near Bikaner. They also take care of monkees and birds in that place. I picked up some feathers of peacock, I think. It is quite a challenge to get them right. Cerulan blue, silver, walnutbrown, gold, grey, helio turquoise, helio green and the earth colours for the pod.DSC00291

Who knows what these dry flowers are, without looking at the title? I picked these irises at the end of last summer. They have been in my room since that time, together with dried cornstalks and such. This is a chance to use the brown and yellows, the earth colors: wallnut brown, sienna natur, burnt sienna, burnt umber, raw umber, yellow ochre and Indian yellow.DSC00181

There still are some climbing roses flowering this winter. They are very fragile; the leaves tend to drop very easily and are spotted with brown and water. I used my usual olive green, green olive, cadmium yellow, madder brown and Indian red for the leaves and stem. The roses itself with a diluted brillant purple, magenta and may green/olive green.DSC00172DSC00173

A lot of eating is done at the huge camel fair in Pushkar. I picked up these dried red peppers and the next day some acacia pods in Bikaner, also in the great Thar Desert. The red peppers are colored in the earthy colors, sienna natur, burnt sienna, burnt umber, raw umber, madder brown, walnut brown and India red; some olive green thrown in. The acacia pods also with yellows and browns, sienna natur, burn umber, yellow ochre and walnut brown.DSC00177

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