Archive for May, 2015

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. DSC04482


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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.DSC04456

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