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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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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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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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And the last of my impressions of India of my travel in november 2013. Drawing this in our cold climat; 2C. I was in an animal shelter, predominantly for cows, near Bikaner. They also take care of monkees and birds in that place. I picked up some feathers of peacock, I think. It is quite a challenge to get them right. Cerulan blue, silver, walnutbrown, gold, grey, helio turquoise, helio green and the earth colours for the pod.DSC00291

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A lot of eating is done at the huge camel fair in Pushkar. I picked up these dried red peppers and the next day some acacia pods in Bikaner, also in the great Thar Desert. The red peppers are colored in the earthy colors, sienna natur, burnt sienna, burnt umber, raw umber, madder brown, walnut brown and India red; some olive green thrown in. The acacia pods also with yellows and browns, sienna natur, burn umber, yellow ochre and walnut brown.DSC00177

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And I visited Fatehpur Sikri, the magnificent complex of red buildings, built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar. It was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years, before it was abandoned due to water shortage. And again these beautiful gardens.DSC00112

 

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I was in India for 16 days, in Rajasthan.  I posted my travel journal on http://desertblues.wordpress.com/  I sketched some flowers  and other things on the way; I still have to figure a way to preserve my flowers though. The delicacy of these flowers remind me of clematis somehow. I think the name is Kachnar/Bauhini Variegata, planted in abundance in this beautiful Persian garden of the Moghuls at the Taj Mahal. This beautiful marble mausoleum was built by the Mughol emperor Shah Jahan in 1632, in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.

Taj Mahal

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