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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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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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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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apples from the gardenWhen one paints nature, obviously there are enough flowers and such around. But it has to appeal to me. It’s no use taking a very complicated arrangement on, or a huge flower. Amaryllis is the largest I will paint. I try to capture the caracter of the plant or the leave; the impression I get from it. The veins of leaves are difficult to paint, as are the hues and shadows. I am trying different methods. The one I use now: I sketch the outline of the leaf and veins and give it it’s color. Then I paint the whole leave around and inside the outlines. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t. Often there are several colors of green, brown and red on a leave and that is a nice challenge. A bit of a puzzle to figure out which colors to mix to get the exact shade. I have some books on color-mixing that I will consult. It will get better after some more experience. Another thing is highlights; the reflection of light in a object, an apple, cherry and so on. I have to look carefully where that will be and leave some white in my sketch. And there is depth. I try to give my paintings vitality by adding shadows. I mix paint for shadows by taking the colors that will be in the painting. Most of the time I start with prussian blue/ ochre and a tiny bit of olive-green. The shadows have to be sharper close to the leave.

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