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.
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.
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.
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.
In our language this Lunaria reviva or money plant is called Judas penning; that is ‘Judas’s money….penning being the ancien Dutch word for coin’ and obviously a biblical reference to the betrayal of Jezus by Judas. It is a challenge to paint, that is for sure. To get the reflections on the ‘coins’ I used the gold paint. The browns are the Vandijck earth, which I like to paint with. An orchid with a sickly sweet smell I picked from a bouquet. I couldn’t find the name, but am open for suggestions. Chroom green as well as olive and some may green. The white flowers are accentuated with Paynes grey.
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An Iris that I painted some time ago and the rest of the page was empty. A good opportunity to draw some Ginko Biloba leaves; a study in patience, as the leaves have several tiny veins. All colors of green, yellow, orange and brown. From translucent orange to vandijcksearth. (never mind the Iris…)