Day 4: 30 Day Leaf Challenge

I did find a few brightly colored leaves in the yard, even though the trees are mostly green. They crisp (and curl) up pretty quickly once you bring them in. ๐Ÿ™‚


I’m finding the vibrant yellows and reds a bit harder to translate to watercolor paint…..maybe if I used my full (Graham) palette, vs. the Cotman travel palette, I’d have better luck. But since I paint these at night in my lap while watching TV, the travel palette is much more convenient!

I hope you have time to enjoy the crisp air and some of the joys of (almost!) fall this Sunday. Peace.

62 thoughts on “Day 4: 30 Day Leaf Challenge

  1. Leaves can be tricky with folds, tears, and uneven edges. You have stepped up to the challenge and your leaf paintings are wonderful. Your 30 day leaf painting will teach us all a few tips and tricks. Have a beautiful Sunday Laura.

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  2. These are wonderful! I love how you captured all the broken bits, and holes.

    I brought home two Oak leaves a couple of weeks back and have painted one. You’ve inspired me to go on a hunt for more leaves! I think the Liquid Amber leaves are turning from green to orange/yellow here. I hope to get out and find something.

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  3. Loving your leaves Laura! Like the red colors! Yes, the leaves do curl up quickly – sometimes I press them in an old book if I don’t have time to paint them right away. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒฟ Happy Sunday!

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    1. Same to you, Jill! I’m glad you are enjoying my leaves. There’s nothing like the colors of fall. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was curious if you got a chance to see my little quilt yesterday? I’m wondering if painting on fabric is going to have the impact I’m looking for…..still interested in doing art quilts though. I’ve been pre-washing my fabric alllll weekend. I had no idea how much fabric I had. I bet we could all say that! Hope you had a good weekend.

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  4. Lovely – this reminds me of an activity I had my college students do. They used a variety of art materials to represent and document their experiences with natural objects. The watercolor images were as striking as the discoveries they made about the leaves.

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  5. My favorite so far – – great delicate handling of the holes and shadows. A wonderful exercise on developing the eye in drawing and painting. Beautiful selection of red shades as well Laura!


    1. Thank you! I try very hard to just do the whole thing in one layer whenever I paint, but I find that typically with these strong colors, I have to add a second layer after it dries just to deepen the hues a bit. I’m so glad you like my leaves!! I consider that a huge compliment, esp. from someone like you who is so extraordinarily good at capturing them!

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        1. BB, I find that M. Graham paint often does not need the layers. Although most of my leaves here I’ve done with the Cotman travel palette. Maybe the pan paints are a little stronger? My Graham palette is tube paint but the colors are extremely juicy and vibrant and much less expensive than WN – but still artist quality, and IMO much better quality than WN. They hardly need to be refreshed when I open my palette. They are juicy and wonderful! And made in Washington state, I believe!

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          1. Oh that is so cool! I don’t believe I have ever used the Graham paletteโ€ฆย wonder if it is even sold around here. I will have to start keeping my eyes open. I am excited about a new tool that a friend sent to me that is a brush you can put water into. So then drawing with watercolor pencils, you have the wonderful water/brush tool along and you can be watercoloring on the go. It is so cool! When I do some more playing with it, I’ll post a picture of this brush. It wasn’t what I was expecting.

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