Thursday, August 20, 2015
Tres Golden Divas
In case anyone is wondering about the selection process of the leaves I paint, here is the story. I look at the leaves in my yard. I have oak trees and maple trees . As the weather is changing, the leaves are falling and get mushed up on the ground with the grass and other leaves and generally lots of organic stuff. I like looking at them in that environment. I look , observe details and colors and then take the actual leaf I like and draw it. I also photograph them so I can preserve that point in time. The leaves are not this orange yet but I have photos from last fall to use as a color reference. The other day a yellow and brown maple leaf fell in front of me on my porch as if to say good morning. I photographed it will and it will end up being one of my fallen divas. Having said all of that, I must say the obvious...I take a lot of liberties in terms of the colors and the details of the background. I am more interested in getting the feel of autumn then getting an exact interpretation of the leaf I am painting.