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P1000314 P1000313In my frontgarden are some small narcissi and it is a challenge to walk by every day and not draw them of course. I experimented with the greens; that is, I mixed indigo and cadmiumyellow to get the green for the leaves and such. Though I rather like the color green it gives, I don’t like the lack of transparecy of this mixture; it is a bit too dense. It is difficult to lift some color off it afterwards and there is rather too much water involved. For the flowers themselves I used all colours of yellow and orange: lemon-cadmium-chroom dark- Indian and translucent yellow and for the oranges:chroom-translucent-cadmium and cadmium dark orange.P1000315

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While walking I find that also in december there are interesting things to be found. There still are some plants/shrubs in bloom, the cotoneaster being one of them. I used to have Helloborus as well in my garden, but no more for some reason. Cotoneaster, haselnut, an unknown nut, wild chestnut, autumn leave and snails are the things I picked up. Indian red/dark red for the the leave, sepia/vanDijckearth/translucent brown/terra pozzuoli for the divers nuts and some browns/cadmium yellow/yellow ochre and sepia for the snails.P1000048

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And once more a drawing of the plants of the municipality. The dwergmispel or cotoneaster is a shrub which blooms late in the year and bears astringent fruit. Small yellow apples, mispels, from which one can make jam. Didn’t try it as yet…… Burned umber, vanDijckearth, gold brown and sepia for the brown parts. Cadmium red in different dilutions for the flowers and translucent yellow and brilliant yellow dark for the mispels (van Dijckearth for the spots).DSC04985

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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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Snowberry or sneeuwbes is like a weed. Our municipality plants it along public roads. One cycles or walks past without noticing the beauty of this shrub. White berries and tiny rose-red flowers. I used my usual olive greens and cadmium yellow for the leaves, an earth color for the branches and magenta in different shades for the flowers. The berries got a lick of gray and green around. DSC02398

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It is a crazy spring in this country. The day before yesterdag we had the warmest 21st of March in history and now, two days later it rains hailstones, but also rains water fortunately. I processed 20 wheelbarrows of manure (delivered by the Scouting who sells it for charity) and the rain of today is heaven sent…. Last week I painted some cherry blosom in the garden. (Obviously)dark red, permanent carmine, magenta, Indian red and English Venetian red for the leaves and blossom, sepia brown, madder brown, walnut and dark olive green for the branch.DSC00428

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My orange roses were all dry after three weeks. The long rose has prominent borders, which made it hard work to sketch. For the flower I used the sienna’s and translucent yellow, which gives a brillant yellow. The other flower is from the same bunch, but quite another set of colors; it has the siennas, but also the vivid chroom yellow and walnut brown.dry roses

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