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.
Autumn should be around the corner and summer a long way away. A lot of brown and dry is still to be seen in nature, though some crocus and other battle the cold. I painted some dry things; I found a dry pathetic looking little frog in my cellar and some leaves and things while walking. Acacia(robinea?)pods, half a walnut, leaf of an ilex and sycamore. I explored a whole range of brown: sepia, Vandijck’s earth, terra Pozzuoli, gold brown, translucent brown, burned umber, burned sienna, umber natur, sienna natur and some madder brown.
Beautiful Amaryllis, that I wanted to paint for a while. At last a chance to use some really vibrant colours, such as vermillion, cadmium red and dark red. The stalk is coloured with a chroom dark green, which is a tricky colour as it tends to be dominant.
Cold outside; as yet few colours in nature so I went for another dry leave. A plataan, Platanus or plane tree. Elegant line to this leave and interesting colours: indigo/cadmyellow, Vandijcksearth, translucent brown, umber natur, madder brown, some water spotting.
Some leaves I picked up this autumn and winter. One of them is rather an exotic tree for our low lands….the Japanese ginko tree. The two others are beech and linden (Tilia). The ginko has a beautiful structure with its lines and sweeping curves; indigo/cadmium yellow for its green, umber and a touch of Naples yellow for the browns and Terra Puzzioli for the edges. The linden got green olive/indigo and some touches of chrome dark green. Beech is colored umber, madder brown, Venetian red and dark red. Lovely colors to work with all. I loved painting these leaves.