I was in India for 16 days, in Rajasthan. Beautiful weather and a lot of beautiful sights to see of course. I posted my travel journal on http://desertblues.wordpress.com/ I sketched some flowers and things on the way; I still have to figure a way to preserve my flowers though. This is a drawing of some flowers from a tree at the Taj Mahal.
Some autumnleaves from the park. It is a kind of late summer now with 21 C; the highest temperature in ages. Now it is 8 C again as it should be……. My leaves from this year are better than the ones from last year, I think. Well….. Lovely colors. I used a yellow ochre for the first wash and after a days drying I add olive, cadmium yellow, dark red, madder brown, English ventian red, Indian red, Indian yellow and walnut brown. Nice work it is, to tinker around with these colors.
The very last of the geraniums are gone now. I threw the remnants in the back of the garden. They will not be there next year, of course, but they might enrich the barren patch with fir trees and ferns. The leaves were turning brown and all together it was becoming a mess. I have planted muscari bulbs and winterviolets in the pots now. For the rosa of the flowers I took dark red/brillant purple and some China iridan violet. Not all mixed together, but I put some of the dark red with the other colors. The tiny hairs on the stems and buds got Indian red, as well as the details on the leaves. Walnutbrown, burnt sienna and madder brown for the brownish details on the flowers and stems. Light greenish yellow, light grey, cadmium yellow and walnutbrown for the white geranium. Olive/cadmium yellow for leaves, in different mixings. Tomorrow I will start on the autumn leaves I found on my walk yesterday.
On Open Monumentday I had a walk through the Berchmanium Jesuit Monastery (founded in 1929) and now home to elderly monks, Jesuits and other. I picked up a chestnut and a leave. Dark red/venetian red and Indian red for the chestnut and ochres and umbers for the trimmings. I really don’t know from which tree this leave is, but who knows it might tell me……
Cycling along the cornfields in East Germany I see these beautiful wild flowers. I especially like the weeds, the bright blue cornflowers and vivid red poppies. Drawing these wildflowers is a challenge as they wilt almost immediately. For the cornflowers a beautiful mountain blue, cerulean blue, magna rose violet, olive green for the leaves and yellow ochre for the spots on it. The poppies are magenta and dark red; tiny hairs along the stems and all.
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Cycling in East-Germany, I saw lots of this beautiful plants along the road; the Silene Vulgaris. As I discovered later, it can be eaten. Last year I drew a purple version of it and now the dry buds and leaves, as well as two shells I found near them. I mixed walnut brown with dark red to give it more warmth, translucent orange, yellow ochre and burt umber for the buds.