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Archive for February, 2016

Beautiful Amaryllis, that I wanted to paint for a while. At last a chance to use some really vibrant colours, such as vermillion, cadmium red and dark red. The stalk is coloured with a chroom dark green, which is a tricky colour as it tends to be dominant.P1000161

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Cold outside; as yet few colours in nature so I went for another dry leave. A plataan, Platanus or plane tree. Elegant line to this leave and interesting colours: indigo/cadmyellow, Vandijcksearth, translucent brown, umber natur, madder brown, some water spotting.P1000144

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Some leaves I picked up this autumn and winter. One of them is rather an exotic tree for our low lands….the Japanese ginko tree. The two others are beech and linden (Tilia). The ginko has a beautiful structure with its lines and sweeping curves; indigo/cadmium yellow for its green, umber and a touch of Naples yellow for the browns and Terra Puzzioli for the edges. The linden got green olive/indigo and some touches of chrome dark green. Beech is colored umber, madder brown, Venetian red and dark red. Lovely colors to work with all. I loved painting these leaves.P1000138

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It is that time of the year; after our fairly mild winter some more colour is showing up in the gardens. After the helleborus and first azalea, crocus appear soon after the snow drops and daffodil. All is early this year, but there might be some snow and ice ahead. We’ll see. Cobalt violet, mauve and brilliant violet for the flowers, green olive and a mixture of indigo/cadmium yellow for the leaves. Mosses and such with VanDijckearth, olive green, translucent brown, sepia and greens of the leaves. Translucent orange for the stamps.P1000137

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Visiting my friend, I picked some snow drops from her garden. For some reason the snow drops in my own garden didn’t appear this year; it is an enigma. I mixed cadmium yellow and indigo for the greens, in different dilutions. I rather like the indigo/cadmium mixtures. It is a challenge to paint white flowers, as they are defined by their absence of color and the shadows of their petals. It is rather warm for the time of the year, so the snow drops appeared from the middle of January.P1000126

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