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And the lampionplant or physalis once again. Though it seems to be a pest to gardeners, as it appears everywhere, I do not have them in my garden. I planted some last year, but I begin to suspect that these plants take two years to get the lampions, so patience…… I started these drawings in october, but finished them today, as part of my new-years resolution. I do like the shape and colour of these flowers, the orange and browns, once they dry. Translucent orange is a strong orange and more or less vibrant. Chroom orange tends to get dull when dried, so I mostly use the translucent one, together with gold brown and Terra Puzzolli. The stems and such I paint with Van Dijcks Brown Earth which is one of my favorite browns; it holds far better than the walnut or sepia and it makes for thinner sharper lines, as I tend to paint my outlines first with it. I am not satisfied entirely with the painting, but I will draw them again next year……

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Again some dried flowers I picked last november in India. I added some landscape to the flowers, in order to give it that busy, colourful India. (I am not convinced of my landscape abilities, however…). My colourpalette for these: yellow ochre/burned umber for the upper part of the wall, burned sienna/neutral gray/browns and some olive for the rest. The campsis/trumpetflower or trompetbloem with translucent brown/goldbrown/vandijckearth/burned umber and Chinese iridon violet/mangan violet for the dried bougainvillea.p1030070

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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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This beautiful lampionplant (Dutch) Physalis is a pest for some gardeners, as it settles itself everywhere. It looks like a Chinese lantern, but it is difficult to catch the glow on it on paper. The orange is so vibrant, and only when the paint is still wet it glows. Having said this, I aim to paint them at least once a year, so I can ameliorate the previous I hope. The green leaves are underpainted with yellow green and afterwards green olive for the veins and a mixture of indigo/cadmium yellow for the rest. The lanterns itselves are outlined and accentuated with translucent orange and filled in with cadmium orange dark. As I mentioned before, it is difficult to catch this orange glow. I scraped some paper from the lanterns in order to give it highlights. I could use masking fluid I suppose,  but I don’t like to work with it; for some reason it feels a bit like cheating, but that’s just my personal thing.P1010220

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I was in Schwalenberg, in the Teutenbürger Wald in Germany for a few days. It used to be an artist colony, and though the fame is a bit pas, it still is an attractive small town in the woods. I painted the clematis on the wal of an old shed. This time I used a new brand of purple, the Old Holland Classic Watercolors; the dioxine mauve. It has a real lasting and vibrant pigment I think. For the others the usual Schmincke Horadam colors; I especially like their Vandijcksearth.P1010212

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A friend was cutting some branches of his araucaria and I asked for some. This araucaria or monkey puzzle tree looks to be very organized with its sturdy branches, when it sheds its surplus the appearance of this tree can be a mess. Different greens and the shades of the thorns made it a bit of a challenge, but this tree does have some character. Burned umber, vanDijck’s earth, gold and translucent brown, sepia, olives for the green parts.P1000722

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This year I painted the beautiful bearded iris from my garden; in red, blue and yellow. I used the different purples; mauve, brilliant blue violet, permanent violet and cobalt violet dark.  The yellow one with lemon  and translucent yellow. For the red iris I mixed ultramarine and dark red, which gives a beautiful color.  P1000716P1000719P1000718

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