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.
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.
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.
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.
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In the Thar desert, near Bikaner, I saw shrubs of white/purple giant milkweed or calotropis procera. Inside the stalks of this plant is a milky fluid, said to be toxic for human. Animals, goats eat it. The shrubs can grow quite tall.
A blue flower in the dry Tahr desert, and frangipani on the isle of Jaq Mandir in the Pichola lake. One of the few flowers in the Thar; lots of them are prickly. Some animals eat these flowers and other are trampled upon by lots of camels on the fair, camel carts, tents and nomads from far away, which makes for an exciting setting.
The frangipani tree or Plumeria on Jaq Mandir is planted in a beautiful garden of a small white palace. The borders of the lake are beautiful with white palaces, bridges and women washing their colorful saris. A part of the James Bond movie Octopussy was shot here.
And I visited Fatehpur Sikri, the magnificent complex of red buildings, built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar. It was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years, before it was abandoned due to water shortage. And again these beautiful gardens.