Bulbs are coming to bloom in my garden; Calla or Zantedeschia. I bought these mixed in color, but they all turn out to be a lovely purple/rosa. So I took out the bulb, cleaned it a bit…upstairs for drawing…..and back in the garden again…. Mangan- cobalt violet and cadmium yellow/madder red dark for the flowers and olive green/green olive for the leaves. Umber natur, vanDijckeart, translucent brown, Terra Puzzoli, burned sienna and gold brown for the bulb.
I still had some leaves to finish from this spring: beech and horse chestnut. I would like to perfect my leaves some more, as there are so many wonderful things to see in them. The different colors: yellow ochre, burned sienna,walnut brown, vandijck earth, translucent brown, gold brown, Terra Pozzuli, olive green, green olive and China iridon violet.
A friend was cutting some branches of his araucaria and I asked for some. This araucaria or monkey puzzle tree looks to be very organized with its sturdy branches, when it sheds its surplus the appearance of this tree can be a mess. Different greens and the shades of the thorns made it a bit of a challenge, but this tree does have some character. Burned umber, vanDijck’s earth, gold and translucent brown, sepia, olives for the green parts.
This year I painted the beautiful bearded iris from my garden; in red, blue and yellow. I used the different purples; mauve, brilliant blue violet, permanent violet and cobalt violet dark. The yellow one with lemon and translucent yellow. For the red iris I mixed ultramarine and dark red, which gives a beautiful color.
In my frontgarden are some small narcissi and it is a challenge to walk by every day and not draw them of course. I experimented with the greens; that is, I mixed indigo and cadmiumyellow to get the green for the leaves and such. Though I rather like the color green it gives, I don’t like the lack of transparecy of this mixture; it is a bit too dense. It is difficult to lift some color off it afterwards and there is rather too much water involved. For the flowers themselves I used all colours of yellow and orange: lemon-cadmium-chroom dark- Indian and translucent yellow and for the oranges:chroom-translucent-cadmium and cadmium dark orange.
I don’t even know the name of these leaves, but I thought that especially the greenish ones have a certain character. I pick up all kind of things on my walks; even a beautiful huge Nautillus shell from a taxidermyshop http://demuseumwinkel.com/index.php?route=common/home. I am very tempted to draw that one, but I have the principle that I have to find things in nature for myself; while walking or travelling. For the red leaf I used Vandijcksearth and dark red. For the green leaves: several greens, such as chroom dark green, olive green, green olive, sepia and brilliant yellow dark.
Still….it is March……. but with a cold wind. I gathered some dried things of nature a fungus left from the previous year (while cycling in East-Germany). Two ilex leaves, dry fungus and deserted snail houses. Vandijck’s earth, the umber pigments and some green olive is what I used this time.