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Often when I’m on a journey, I don’t find the time to paint the flowers as I find them. Therefore I made a travel herbarium: 2 covers and in between two stout boards, all covered in thick felt…six layers in all, closed with elastics. Just take some ordinary white toiletpaper under and over the flowers….change it every day and at home one can see what’s dried out well or not.

The red poppies I dried have turned out mauve/purple. I mixed alazarin crimson and ultramarine finest in different dilutions, strengths. The heart of the flower with Van Dijck’s earth and yellow ochre. The leaves with chroom dark and light green. DSC04841

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In june I painted the ivy-loafed toad flax and Aegean wallflower= muurleeuwenbek en muurbloem= cymbalaria hepaticifolica and erysimum cheiri. The toad flax I bought at a garden center, only to discover I have this already as a weed outside of my cellar window. The wallflower gets the egg shells from my meals, as these flowers do need calcium; their habitat is near stone walls….also nice for the birds, of course. The green of the wallflower leaf is chroom dark green, rather than the olive green I use for most flowers. DSC04832DSC04833

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