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In a greenhouse in a small village nearby I found these dried botanical tulips and grass halm. Inside these tulips are tiny black seeds….given time (about 7 years if all) one could grow one’s own tulips. Anyway, my palette for these was the earth tints: sepia brown, sienna natur, burned sienna, umber natur, burned umber Terra Puzzuoli, yellow ochre and the ever faithful vandijck’s earth.

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p1010248In our language this Lunaria reviva or money plant is called Judas penning; that is ‘Judas’s money….penning being the ancien Dutch word for coin’ and obviously a biblical reference to the betrayal of Jezus by Judas.  It is a challenge to paint, that is for sure. To get the reflections on the ‘coins’ I used the gold paint. The browns are the Vandijck earth, which I like to paint with. An orchid with a sickly sweet smell I picked from a bouquet. I couldn’t find the name, but am open for suggestions. Chroom green as well as olive and some may green. The white flowers are accentuated with Paynes grey.

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Autumn should be around the corner and summer a long way away. A lot of brown and dry is still to be seen in nature, though some crocus and other battle the cold. I painted some dry things; I found a dry pathetic looking little frog in my cellar and some leaves and things while walking. Acacia(robinea?)pods, half a walnut, leaf of an ilex and sycamore. I explored a whole range of brown: sepia, Vandijck’s earth, terra Pozzuoli, gold brown, translucent brown, burned umber, burned sienna, umber natur, sienna natur and some madder brown.P1000172

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The Rosa Canina of hondsroos is one of the shrubs I walk past every day. The municipality has planted them along the footpaths. Beauty, as well as resistance to plant diseases seems to have been been the starting point of their plant schemes and they have succeeded well, I think. Magenta and purple magenta in different dilutions for the flowers this time.DSC04941

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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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