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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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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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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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It is getting on to winter, but there still are roses in my garden, some hanging on in sheer desperation, or so it seems. The climbers on my rose arch have few flowers now, as it almost freezes at night. The rose-bushes have plenty of rose hips and are letting go of their leaves. I could make jam out of them, but not this year. I am painting on twice the scale, from A5 on to A4 (210mmx297mm). There is always a compromise when painting leaves. In any case, starting with the light colour is sensible and leaving out white for the highlights. In stead of walnut brown, I use the Van Dycke brown earth, which has more opacity.

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There still are some climbing roses flowering this winter. They are very fragile; the leaves tend to drop very easily and are spotted with brown and water. I used my usual olive green, green olive, cadmium yellow, madder brown and Indian red for the leaves and stem. The roses itself with a diluted brillant purple, magenta and may green/olive green.DSC00172DSC00173

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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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Weeds

I am too late to paint the mauve perennial autumn aster in my garden, so I look around and pick a fragile red/yellow weed. My tactic is to underpaint the leaves with a strong dark walnutbrown, and a thin 00-brush. The veins are light, but ……there is no light without dark. I thought that burned umber would do, but for the fine line that doesn’t work.  It seems to be a delicate, fine-lined weed and as such I will try to represent it.weeds november 2012

It the outlines are dry, I can give it it’s first color, without blurring the veins or other details. The stem is sienna, but later it will get some tiny hairs as well, touches of brown and venetian red. Initially the leaves get a lightish yellow ochre, without using too much water. Eventually the leaves will be a venetian red;  and the veins will light up in yellow ochre. It looks a bit elegant, this weed, I think.weeds in progress

In the end I gave the leaves an Indian red color. To highlight the veins of the leaves I lifted some red paint with a half-dry brush. And extra walnut-brown shadows on the lower side of the leaves; where they ‘ lean’ on the paper. For the stem I did use the Venetian red; just a shade of it, and some sienna to emphasize the branching and for the tiny hairs on the stem. The leaves have walnut-brown spots.

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