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An Iris that I painted some time ago and the rest of the page was empty. A good opportunity to draw some Ginko Biloba leaves; a study in patience, as the leaves have several tiny veins. All colors of green, yellow, orange and brown. From translucent orange to vandijcksearth. (never mind the Iris…)p1010228

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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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In june I painted the ivy-loafed toad flax and Aegean wallflower= muurleeuwenbek en muurbloem= cymbalaria hepaticifolica and erysimum cheiri. The toad flax I bought at a garden center, only to discover I have this already as a weed outside of my cellar window. The wallflower gets the egg shells from my meals, as these flowers do need calcium; their habitat is near stone walls….also nice for the birds, of course. The green of the wallflower leaf is chroom dark green, rather than the olive green I use for most flowers. DSC04832DSC04833

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It is autumn now and a bit nippy. At the side of the path where I often walk there are these teasels, grote kaardebol or dipsacus fullonum. Long ago they were used in textile processing as a natural comb. They look very attractive, I find. It took me a while to get’ their system’, that is the natural order of this plant. I used a variety of browns: siennas, umbers, walnut brown, sepia, some translucent brown and Vandijcke brown earth. I use the latter a lot these days, as it is a strong, earthy brown.  DSC02737

 

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The very last of the geraniums are gone now.  I threw the remnants in the back of the garden. They will not be there next year, of course, but they might enrich the barren patch with fir trees and ferns. The leaves were turning brown and all together it was becoming a mess. I have planted muscari bulbs and winterviolets in the pots now. For the rosa of the flowers I took dark red/brillant purple and some China iridan violet. Not all mixed together, but I put some of the dark red with the other colors. The tiny hairs on the stems and buds got Indian red, as well as the details on the leaves.  Walnutbrown, burnt sienna and madder brown for the brownish details on the flowers and stems. Light greenish yellow, light grey, cadmium yellow and walnutbrown for the white geranium. Olive/cadmium yellow for leaves, in different mixings. Tomorrow I will start on the autumn leaves I found on my walk yesterday.P1130049

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