The painting of the Erguvan tree is finished but it lacked a connection with the Almond tree. The Erguvan tree is symbolic for Istanbul, the (French) Almond tree, by Van Gogh, is symbolic for The Netherlands. What could connect the two together? We found this in the Aglais Urticae butterfly, a butterfly which occurs in both countries.
What is a common element of the Turkish Erguvan tree and the ‘Dutch’ Almond tree?
It’s the Aglais Urticae butterfly!
The Aglais urticae butterfly, ‘Kleine vos’ (small fox) in Dutch and in Turkish ‘Small tortoiseshell’ or ‘Türk aglaisi’, will complement and complete the diptych of the two trees. This weekend we will have a go at it.
Photo source: turkeybutterflies.blogspot.com
The Almond blossom is nearly finished. I will do some touching up, but more or less the painting is ready. Now it is the time to start the diptych. I have been thinking a lot; it is going to be a similar painting of the Erguvan tree.
The painting has started… The Almond Blossom is as you are viewing the tree while lying at the base of the tree and looking up.
The Almond Blossom of Vincent van Gogh is a famous painting in The Netherlands. I have visited the musuem in Amsterdam often. I love to gaze to the painting of the Almond Blossom. The idea came to make a free copy of the Almond Blossom and after that a Turkish equivalent.