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Travelling in India and gathering plants. I don’t have the time to paint so I dry them in my travel-herbarium. On my way from Agra to Orcha I picked some doornappel or a local variety of the Datura Stramonium. According to a knowledgable friend, there are some LSD-ish seeds in the fruits. My color palette for these leaves: vanDijckearth, sap green, yellow ochre, sepia brown, sienna natur, olive green, umber natur and burned umber. On my travel I managed to pick up some 6 very tiny pointed brushes in Udaipur, of which I am very glad. p1030067

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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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And once more a drawing of the plants of the municipality. The dwergmispel or cotoneaster is a shrub which blooms late in the year and bears astringent fruit. Small yellow apples, mispels, from which one can make jam. Didn’t try it as yet…… Burned umber, vanDijckearth, gold brown and sepia for the brown parts. Cadmium red in different dilutions for the flowers and translucent yellow and brilliant yellow dark for the mispels (van Dijckearth for the spots).DSC04985

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Spring cleaning for the garden. The daffodils, pushkinia and crocus have been able to push to the surface. In the otherwise drab and bare garden they make the color. And it seems that snails are moving on; I find lots of deserted homes. In autumn I don’t do a lot in the garden except for clearing the paths and throwing all falles leaves in the garden to compost, so in the spring I have to get moving! Different oranges and yellows; chroom/translucent, indian yellow and cadmiumĀ  yellow for the daffodil, as well as some olivegreen and madder brown. For the pushkinia olivegreen/green olive..dampened a bit by cadmium yellow and ultramarine violet/ultramarine finest. The home of the snail gets sepia brown and what’s left over from the flowers.DSC00398

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