Physalis, lampionplant

And the lampionplant or physalis once again. Though it seems to be a pest to gardeners, as it appears everywhere, I do not have them in my garden. I planted some last year, but I begin to suspect that these plants take two years to get the lampions, so patience…… I started these drawings in october, but finished them today, as part of my new-years resolution. I do like the shape and colour of these flowers, the orange and browns, once they dry. Translucent orange is a strong orange and more or less vibrant. Chroom orange tends to get dull when dried, so I mostly use the translucent one, together with gold brown and Terra Puzzolli. The stems and such I paint with Van Dijcks Brown Earth which is one of my favorite browns; it holds far better than the walnut or sepia and it makes for thinner sharper lines, as I tend to paint my outlines first with it. I am not satisfied entirely with the painting, but I will draw them again next year……


In a greenhouse in a small village nearby I found these dried botanical tulips and grass halm. Inside these tulips are tiny black seeds….given time (about 7 years if all) one could grow one’s own tulips. Anyway, my palette for these was the earth tints: sepia brown, sienna natur, burned sienna, umber natur, burned umber Terra Puzzuoli, yellow ochre and the ever faithful vandijck’s earth.

And again some dried flowers and leaf from my travels in India last year. I picked this giant milkweed which is very common in the Thar desert; it even has some green fruits on it. Not edible for human, but goat eat it. And a dry leaf. I am still in a fix whether I should paint some landscape, which is not my strong point or interest per se. We’ll see on my next journey, I guess. My colorpalette this time: strong greens as Hookers green/cobalt dark green and mauve/brilliant blue violet for the flowers. The dry leaf has some olive green/translucent brown/vanDijcks earth and burned sienna. The sky a cerulean blue and yellow ochre for the sands.

Dry winter plant

Walking along our river the Waal, heavily used by cargo- and other ships, there is not much green to be seen on it’s shores at this part of it. Still, there are some dry winter plants left; I don’t know the name of it. Sepia browns, burned sienna, umber natur, yellow ochre, vanDijck’s earth, translucent brown and neutral grey are it’s colors. Lovely things to paint, very interesting how it all fits together.

Again some dried flowers I picked last november in India. I added some landscape to the flowers, in order to give it that busy, colourful India. (I am not convinced of my landscape abilities, however…). My colourpalette for these: yellow ochre/burned umber for the upper part of the wall, burned sienna/neutral gray/browns and some olive for the rest. The campsis/trumpetflower or trompetbloem with translucent brown/goldbrown/vandijckearth/burned umber and Chinese iridon violet/mangan violet for the dried bougainvillea.p1030070

Travelling in India and gathering plants. I don’t have the time to paint so I dry them in my travel-herbarium. On my way from Agra to Orcha I picked some doornappel or a local variety of the Datura Stramonium. According to a knowledgable friend, there are some LSD-ish seeds in the fruits. My color palette for these leaves: vanDijckearth, sap green, yellow ochre, sepia brown, sienna natur, olive green, umber natur and burned umber. On my travel I managed to pick up some 6 very tiny pointed brushes in Udaipur, of which I am very glad. p1030067

Hazelnoot, hazelnut

Hazelnut and some dry leaves. I picked them up in a park nearby in october, but since I’ve been travelling since then, I didn’t get around to finishing it. Lovely earth colors I used this time; walnut brown, sienna natur, burned sienna, burned umber, vanDijcksearth, translucent brown, gold brown, terra puzzolli and some olive greens.p1030047

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