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.

This very bright white flowers with grey/green leaves grow in abundance at the border of my rock garden. Perhaps it would be best to paint it with even less colour; just a touch here and there…..well, next time. This time I have mixed (and documented) the different greens-blue-grey to get the colour I want. Sap green and cadmium yellow for the light touches and neutral grey/permanent green olive for the grey/green leaves.DSC04494

This purple clematis is very early in bloom; one of the five different species I have in my garden. Most of them are trailing upon the roses; they make good companions. It starts out as a kind of bellflower and spreads out beautifully. China iridon violet, mauve, colbalt violet and mauve are the colors. The leaves are painted with green olive, yellow and olive green. DSC04482

Tulips in april

After all the daffodils, the tulips appear in my garden. At first the large bright pink ones and now the smaller reds. I tried chroom dark green as a base for the leaves this time, although it is a hard colour. For the darker parts I took a mixture of olive green and green olive(a darker olive) and I threw in some yellow green. The flower itself is a challenge, as under the reds there is a shade of blue. So, mauve is the color I used for this effect. The other reds are magenta, vermillion, dark red and cadmium red.DSC04456

I have travelled Sri Lanka for 15 days, and though I had little time to actually paint, I collected some flowers/leafs. I dried all in a small travel herbarium I made; Negombo, Kalle, Tangalle, Kandy, Deniyaya, Hortan Plains. I picked up some leaves of the 2500 year old Bodhi tree, which is a sapling of the original Budha tree from India. So….browns for the leaves, the tiny flowers I found under a coconut tree and pods; burned umber, Van Dyck brown earth, sepia, Terra Puzzolli, walnut. Magenta/ madder red dark/dark red and permanent violet/China iridon violet for the flat dried flowers.DSC04404 DSC04401


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