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.
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. And the other side of the flower as well.
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.
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.
Winter in our parts can look barren, but color and interesting things are around. On my daily walks I pick all kinds of things; lying/growing on the pavement or next to it. The brown things may seem boring, but there are more colors in it than one would think: Terre Pozzuoli, gold brown, the Sienna in all varities, Umber, Van Dyck earth, yellow ochre, Naples yellow, Indian yellow and even some orange. Tomorrow I’ll be going to Sri Lanka and looking forward to all the greens, the magnificent flowers. I may not have the time to paint, but one never knows…
It is autumn now and a bit nippy. At the side of the path where I often walk there are these teasels, grote kaardebol or dipsacus fullonum. Long ago they were used in textile processing as a natural comb. They look very attractive, I find. It took me a while to get’ their system’, that is the natural order of this plant. I used a variety of browns: siennas, umbers, walnut brown, sepia, some translucent brown and Vandijcke brown earth. I use the latter a lot these days, as it is a strong, earthy brown.
It is getting on to winter, but there still are roses in my garden, some hanging on in sheer desperation, or so it seems. The climbers on my rose arch have few flowers now, as it almost freezes at night. The rose-bushes have plenty of rose hips and are letting go of their leaves. I could make jam out of them, but not this year. I am painting on twice the scale, from A5 on to A4 (210mmx297mm). There is always a compromise when painting leaves. In any case, starting with the light colour is sensible and leaving out white for the highlights. In stead of walnut brown, I use the Van Dycke brown earth, which has more opacity.