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…)
This beautiful lampionplant (Dutch) Physalis is a pest for some gardeners, as it settles itself everywhere. It looks like a Chinese lantern, but it is difficult to catch the glow on it on paper. The orange is so vibrant, and only when the paint is still wet it glows. Having said this, I aim to paint them at least once a year, so I can ameliorate the previous I hope. The green leaves are underpainted with yellow green and afterwards green olive for the veins and a mixture of indigo/cadmium yellow for the rest. The lanterns itselves are outlined and accentuated with translucent orange and filled in with cadmium orange dark. As I mentioned before, it is difficult to catch this orange glow. I scraped some paper from the lanterns in order to give it highlights. I could use masking fluid I suppose, but I don’t like to work with it; for some reason it feels a bit like cheating, but that’s just my personal thing.
I was in Schwalenberg, in the Teutenbürger Wald in Germany for a few days. It used to be an artist colony, and though the fame is a bit pas, it still is an attractive small town in the woods. I painted the clematis on the wal of an old shed. This time I used a new brand of purple, the Old Holland Classic Watercolors; the dioxine mauve. It has a real lasting and vibrant pigment I think. For the others the usual Schmincke Horadam colors; I especially like their Vandijcksearth.
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.