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And again some dried flowers and leaf from my travels in India last year. I picked this giant milkweed which is very common in the Thar desert; it even has some green fruits on it. Not edible for human, but goat eat it. And a dry leaf. I am still in a fix whether I should paint some landscape, which is not my strong point or interest per se. We’ll see on my next journey, I guess. My colorpalette this time: strong greens as Hookers green/cobalt dark green and mauve/brilliant blue violet for the flowers. The dry leaf has some olive green/translucent brown/vanDijcks earth and burned sienna. The sky a cerulean blue and yellow ochre for the sands.

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Walking along our river the Waal, heavily used by cargo- and other ships, there is not much green to be seen on it’s shores at this part of it. Still, there are some dry winter plants left; I don’t know the name of it. Sepia browns, burned sienna, umber natur, yellow ochre, vanDijck’s earth, translucent brown and neutral grey are it’s colors. Lovely things to paint, very interesting how it all fits together.

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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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I still had some leaves to finish from this spring: beech and horse chestnut. I would like to perfect my leaves some more, as there are so many wonderful things to see in them. The different colors: yellow ochre, burned sienna,walnut brown, vandijck earth, translucent brown, gold brown, Terra Pozzuli, olive green, green olive and China iridon violet.P1000784

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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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Last year, while cycling in East-Germany, I sketched a butterfly in a meadow and now I found the time to paint it. I don’t really know whether this is ‘my cup of tea’; as I like the detailed drawing rather than making the background, so this will be a first and a last, perhaps. Anyway, it is an gratifying experience to use the brilliant colors:scarlet red, dark red, cadmium red, lemon yellow and cobalt violet. Well, here it is.P1000038

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This purple clematis is very early in bloom; one of the five different species I have in my garden. Most of them are trailing upon the roses; they make good companions. It starts out as a kind of bellflower and spreads out beautifully. China iridon violet, mauve, colbalt violet and mauve are the colors. The leaves are painted with green olive, yellow and olive green. DSC04482

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