I brought some iris tubers with us as we moved here from the capital area ten years ago. They did well and are now blossoming ( part of a tempera painting).

Caput mortuum

On the watercolor below I used the fine tone Caput Mortuum. I think this dark reddish brown pigment is perfect tint of the ground after snow has melted. The shade varies, this pigment is Sennelier 919.

After a while there is new life after Caput Mortuum (lat.)


One third of the snow is still left. No green leaves on the ground. But yesterday I found some crocuses. At the same time the first butterfly came to suck nectar out of them. Lemon butterfly with bright yellow wings! I was so happy there were those five crocuses for it to suck.