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The Chinese dogwood or Cornus Kousa has been planted a few years ago. It should grow as high as 7 metres and is supposed to bear edible berries. I tried a new manner of painting the leaves: underpaint with deep brillant yellow and filled them in with olive/yellow and the curled up patches with green earth. The tips of the flower and leaves are a dark red, as are some of the outlines.Cornus Kousa

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The summer, or the lack of it, is starting in my garden. In the herb garden the thymian blossoms with tiny mauve flowers and the chives are in different stadia of blossom. Olive green and yellow for the stems and various purples and reddish for the flowers and buds: mauve, magna rose violet, bright red violet and indian red.chives

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My orange roses were all dry after three weeks. The long rose has prominent borders, which made it hard work to sketch. For the flower I used the sienna’s and translucent yellow, which gives a brillant yellow. The other flower is from the same bunch, but quite another set of colors; it has the siennas, but also the vivid chroom yellow and walnut brown.dry roses

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I was in a dome covered jungle in a Zoo and took some fallen leaves and such. The colorscheme: sienna natur, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, burnt umber, raw umber. And the reds: Indian and English Venetian red. Outlines and brown with Walnut brown; nice mellow colors. I try to remember the colors, as they quickly change and fade. Photographing could be an option, but the colors are different from the real thing. And besides, I want to paint without too much hassle; it is for fun. jungle

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Spring: the lilley of the valley is like a weed in my garden; but nice and fragant. While painting larger things like leaves, the struggle will be water management. I used olive green yellow, China iridon violet, green olive, sienna natur and neutral/olive green yellow for the shadows. I would like to find some finer brushes though; red sable with only two or three¬† long hairs. When making the fine lines on the leaves, the brushes I have -the -10.0- are too thick and too short. They keep too much water as well. Perhaps I’ll try another kind of cold-pressed paper as well. I have 200 grms and will see if there is less absorbant one. But I like the compact size of my Moleskin sketch book…… I want to keep it small, as I don’t want the whole house submerged in my artistic try-outs…..lelietje van dalen/lilley of the valley

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