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Archive for September, 2013

On Open Monumentday I had a walk through the Berchmanium Jesuit Monastery (founded in 1929) and now home to elderly monks, Jesuits and other. I picked up a chestnut and a leave. Dark red/venetian red and Indian red for the chestnut and ochres and umbers for the trimmings. I really don’t know from which tree this leave is, but who knows it might tell me……P1120995

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And another plant from my bicycle trip to East Germany. This hop grows in the wild here as well. I used different olive greens mixed with cadmium yellow, and yellow ochre/burnt umber.P1120943

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Cycling along the cornfields in East Germany I see these beautiful wild flowers. I especially like the weeds, the bright blue cornflowers and vivid red poppies. Drawing these wildflowers is a challenge as they wilt almost immediately. For the cornflowers a beautiful mountain blue, cerulean blue, magna rose violet, olive green for the leaves and yellow ochre for the spots on it. The poppies are magenta and dark red; tiny hairs along the stems and all.P1120942

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Cycling in East-Germany, I saw lots of this beautiful plants along the road; the Silene Vulgaris. As I discovered later, it can be eaten. Last year I drew a purple version of it and now the dry buds and leaves, as well as two shells I found near them.  I mixed walnut brown with dark red to give it more warmth, translucent orange, yellow ochre and burt umber for the buds.

Silene vulgaris

Silene vulgaris

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