The Rosa Canina of hondsroos is one of the shrubs I walk past every day. The municipality has planted them along the footpaths and such. Beauty, as well as resistance to plant diseases and such has been the starting point of their plant schemes and they have succeeded well, I think. Magenta and purple magenta in different dilutions for the flowers this time.DSC04941

Another Chinese lantern

Here’s another Chinese lantern. I will draw and paint them as I have kept quite a lot of them and I find it fascinating: the shape, color and such. Again with the translucent orange and the other colors I used in the previous ones. Next time I’ll try to use only one layer though, to get a more transparent look.DSC04918

The Chinese lantern plant is very attractive, and a joy to paint. I don’t have it in my garden and I was almost too late to ask someone for a branch. It seems to grow as fast as a weed, so I will plant it next spring, in a pot like I did with the mint. The leaves of the Physalis alkekengi have already gone and the lanterns have started to wilt in our wet climate as well. It is an opportunity to use the vibrant translucent orange, gold brown and the sap-and may green paints. The dark browns are the VanDijck earth, sepia brown, umber nature and burned umber. DSC04920


Malus Evereste or Sierappel is a smallish tree that grows lots of small red apples for the birds, in winter and spring. After most of the plants are gone, the leaves of this tree color in autumn as the tiny apples turn into yellow red. Burned umber, olive green, sienna nature and vandijcke brown earth for the leaves and stems. The tiny apples have dark red, English venetian red, cadmium orange light and some Indian yellow. Tiny spiders walk along this branch, even when it isn’t attached to the tree any more.DSC04899DSC04898-001

Often when I’m on a journey, I don’t find the time to paint the flowers as I find them. Therefore I made a travel herbarium: 2 covers and in between two stout boards, all covered in thick felt…six layers in all, closed with elastics. Just take some ordinary white toiletpaper under and over the flowers….change it every day and at home one can see what’s dried out well or not.

The red poppies I dried have turned out mauve/purple. I mixed alazarin crimson and ultramarine finest in different dilutions, strengths. The heart of the flower with Van Dijck’s earth and yellow ochre. The leaves with chroom dark and light green. DSC04841



In june I painted the ivy-loafed toad flax and Aegean wallflower= muurleeuwenbek en muurbloem= cymbalaria hepaticifolica and erysimum cheiri. The toad flax I bought at a garden center, only to discover I have this already as a weed outside of my cellar window. The wallflower gets the egg shells from my meals, as these flowers do need calcium; their habitat is near stone walls….also nice for the birds, of course. The green of the wallflower leaf is chroom dark green, rather than the olive green I use for most flowers. DSC04832DSC04833

I have 4 different clematis in my garden. Two of them wind themselves along a framework full of white roses. Now they have finished blooming, after the first bloom of the roses, and are beautiful in quite another way than before. The small purple one has a kind of seed head, like a dandelion and the mauve/white an head of intricate swirls. VanDycke’s earth is a good colour for the dead leaves and olivegreen and greenolive give different shades of green when mixed with cadmium yellow. Some golden dabs to reflect the sun.


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