Bergenia cordifolia

bergenia leaves

The leaf of Bergenia. Watercolour 2022. 30 cm x 25 cm.

The leaves of Bergenia (Vuorenkilpi) can be used for” Siberian tea”, very healthy. One should collect brown ones, which are already fermented. Bergenias grow at every yard in Finland.

Thoreau about blueberries

Henry Thoreau suggests in his book Walden (1845) that if you are interested to know how blueberries really taste, ask the shepherd or partridge (peltopyy in Finnish). May be he meant that only they wander around enough to know about wild life.

I found yesterday that blueberries from 10 meters each other can taste all differently.

Henry David Thoreau was Harvard-educated and only 28 years old when he went to live self-suffiently in the woods and wrote his book two years afterwards about his experiences.

Live painting at Kenkävero garden

All over Finland watercolor painters gather together to paint outside on the 10th of July, which is the birthday of Helene Schjerfbeck. She was famous Finnish painter. Happenings are organized by Finnish Watercolor Society. This is my watercolor at Mikkeli, Kenkävero garden.

A new acquaintance: Verona green

Today I got some new watercolors from Kymin Palokärki. They are made by Ottosson Färgmakeri in Sweden. I fell in love with this Verona shade.

With ultramarine (same factor) the mixture is beautiful greenish blue, a bit greyish and reddish.

Ultramarine by Ottosson Färgmakeri
Ultramarine and Verona green
Ultramarine and Verona green

As this ultramarine spreads rather evenly, Verona green on the other hand has more character. Mixed together they have interesting features.