Day 6: 30 Day Loving the Leaves Challenge

We were on our way back from the library (I know, another exciting night lol) when I realized I had no artwork ready for the blog! So Hub and I went leaf hunting, and found this beauty in a church parking lot.

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This one may have been left over from last year, but I love the shape of it. The colors are definitely a challenge to my mixing skills, but I did this one with my full M. Graham palette and a roughly 5 x 7″ piece of Arches 140 # cold-press paper. It was fun, but I look forward to honing my skills and enjoying the deepening colors as this challenge continues!

I wish everyone a peaceful Tuesday. Loving the crisper air and the light rain……makes for a wonderful painting and quilting vibe. Happy puddles of all sorts to you today!

73 thoughts on “Day 6: 30 Day Loving the Leaves Challenge

    1. Are you kidding, it’s my second home! :)) I’m always requesting art books from all over the state and I had some waiting for me. I’m glad you are liking my leaves, Jodi! I’m having a grand time drawing and painting them. Even just inking these would be cool, I think. Perfect subjects for loose watercolor work! πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

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      1. LOL! I did some the other day too. I picked up one leaf and did it pretty close to what it actually looked like, then decided to continue on for three more changing it up as I saw fit with different colors and just loosening up. πŸ™‚ Will probably post in a few days or so.

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  1. A stunning rendition! LOL about the library. What books did you read/take out? I am joining you in leaves today too on my blog. I had to take a leave of absence from the leaves (pun intended) to work on my seed cataloging in my journal. I think I have one more page of seeds to do … just one more. Peace be with you, sister!

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    1. Thanks, Snehal! I painted this one properly, at a table and on good paper with artist-quality paint. It took about a half hour all told, so … I could have spent longer with it, but when I fuss over it, sometimes that just kills the whole thing. I’ve learned the faster, the better. At least, for me, at this point (and at my skill level). I’m glad you enjoyed this! I really admire your skill with watercolor, as you know!

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            1. I know exactly what you mean, Teresa, because I am the same way. If I have something good to say, I won’t keep quiet – I have to let the person know how cool it is! I appreciate that you feel my work is worth a comment! It means a lot. I still feel like a total newbie at WC. I’m a bit more confident drawing at this stage lol (but only a bit)!

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    1. Thanks! All I see are the errors, gah. I need to get over it. Maybe after a few nights, it’ll look better to me. Leaves are really fun in watercolor, though. It’s hard sometimes to capture the vibrancy of the colors. I usually have patience for two layers at the most. And then I’m drying with a hair dryer to hurry it along. :))

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      1. πŸ˜€ I’m on layer two drying on the kumquat leaf now. Reading blogs and catching up on email s while #1Grandson naps, and paint dries. Probably won’t get to finish it today.

        I don’t see your errors, but follow your train of thought ‘re: your challenges and triumphs avidly. I learn more than you can imagine reading your posts.

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        1. Wow, really, Deborah? I’m so happy to hear that. I’m going on over a year of art nearly every day, not to mention endless books, youtubes, dvds, and I still feel like I know almost nothing. I can see why people become lifelong art students! I’m glad that something I’m doing is helping someone else get along a bit easier. There is tons of help on the art blogs. I learn so much from the other artists, too.

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  2. Leaf hunting is SO much fun! We have a nearby park that has the most wonderful collection of leaves, too many leaves are the “perfect” leaf. It is a challenge alone to pick which one to paint.

    Lovely mixing of colors! The rich colors are such a delight to try and recreate and be challenged with.

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            1. My sister and brother do, and I was just like you for YEARS. Then I decided I wanted to do an art quilt series on freedom. And wanted to draw a seagull in flight. Well, I couldn’t. It looked like crap and I didn’t want crap on my quilt. So I dug in my heels and decided to learn to draw. I started drawing something nearly every day toward the end of the year and then I started this blog in January. You can look at the first drawing I posted January 1 and the goldfinch in pen and ink from I think last August and see the growth. I think the key is draw every day. Five minutes, doesn’t have to be much, unless you want it to be. And you will improve. Let me know if you need any guidance. I’d say Betty Edwards book ” “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” is a great place to start! :))

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              1. Thank you so much for the encouragement!! I actually own that book…the trick is figuring out if I still have it or if I sold it in the garage sale! I’ve made this journey before…I really have a great desire to draw…but I didn’t put in a lot of effort. Your idea of drawing everyday is something I need to sink my teeth into.
                Anything we try takes practice right? I’m tempted to say if it doesn’t come easy I must not be skilled at it.
                Thanks for helping me see differently πŸ™‚ I will keep you informed on my progress…or at least I’ll let you know if I find the book!!

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                1. haha, awesome! I was the same way. No one expects to sit down at a piano and play a symphony, so why should we figure we can draw a tree if we’ve not practiced? I did the same thing, all my life, so I know where you’re coming from totally. I always thought I didn’t have “the gift”….well, even gifted artists and musicians practice!

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