Monday, October 11, 2010

Maple leaf

 

With colder nights, the leaves are changing colour and dropping from the trees,littering the grass and driveway.   I stopped and picked up a handful of leaves on my way into the house.  They were in varying stages of transformation and the colours ranged from gold to copper, brown, red and even some traces of green still fighting against the change.

I haven't drawn or painted a leaf for such a long time, so I thought I'd give it a try.  This maple leaf is from a tree in the front garden.  My favourite maple unfortunately succumbed to Hurricane Igor and will warm me next winter by providing firewood.

This watercolour sketch is in a 5.5 x 8.5 sketchbook with 140lb paper.

11 comments:

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

Lovely leaf work!

tracywall said...

This is beautiful! I can feel it's dry crackliness. (sp?)

PS: Everytime I'm on your site here I feel compelled to feed the fish. :)

sue said...

OMG, Jeanette--I haven't painted in ages, and today, I picked up several leaves, thinking I'd do some sketches...now that I see this, I'm not sure I want to do it. This is just awesome--so very lovely! Everything you touch is graceful!

Gayle Mason said...

Beautiful, I love the colours of Autumn leaves, you should paint a series.

marancat said...

This is really lovely - such a delicate painting with wonderful shadow.

Jan said...

This is definitely more than a sketch - frame it as it's a lovely finished painting.

Jennifer Rose said...

gorgeous fall colours :)

Jeanette said...

Thanks Jeanette.

Tracy, I love the look of autumn leaves and the sound they make underfoot.

You just keep on feeding those fish,they love it when you! :)

Aww Sue, thanks. But your paintings are exquisite, go for it. Perhaps we need a leaf challenge!

Thank you Gayle. You must be reading my mind as I picked up more leaves this morning. There are so many sizes, shapes and colours, it could keep me going all fall.

Thanks Marancat. I love the colouring blends in autumn leaves.

Jan, thank you. It really was a quick piece that I did as I sat and watched the news. I shall have to think more about composition for a group of these perhaps.

Aren't the colours great Jennifer? Thank heavens for Daniel Smith quinacridones!

RHCarpenter said...

Perfect colors on this one and I can feel the dryness. Autumn comes and goes so quickly...

Ernest Friedman-Hill said...

Gorgeous!

Olivia said...

so delicate this one. I love it.