Archive for November, 2015

Here’s another Chinese lantern. I will draw and paint them as I have kept quite a lot of them and I find it fascinating: the shape, color and such. Again with the translucent orange and the other colors I used in the previous ones. Next time I’ll try to use only one layer though, to get a more transparent look.DSC04918


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The Chinese lantern plant is very attractive, and a joy to paint. I don’t have it in my garden and I was almost too late to ask someone for a branch. It seems to grow as fast as a weed, so I will plant it next spring, in a pot like I did with the mint. The leaves of the Physalis alkekengi have already gone and the lanterns have started to wilt in our wet climate as well. It is an opportunity to use the vibrant translucent orange, gold brown and the sap-and may green paints. The dark browns are the VanDijck earth, sepia brown, umber nature and burned umber. DSC04920


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Malus Evereste or Sierappel is a smallish tree that grows lots of small red apples for the birds, in winter and spring. After most of the plants are gone, the leaves of this tree color in autumn as the tiny apples turn into yellow red. Burned umber, olive green, sienna nature and vandijcke brown earth for the leaves and stems. The tiny apples have dark red, English venetian red, cadmium orange light and some Indian yellow. Tiny spiders walk along this branch, even when it isn’t attached to the tree any more.DSC04899DSC04898-001

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