Happy Autumn! Welcome to Day Seven of the 30 Day Leaf Challenge

HAPPY AUTUMN to my northern hemisphere friends! Let the crisp air, mulled cider and weenie roasts begin! Surprise, I painted a leaf to celebrate lol. πŸ˜€


I’m really enjoying this series, and I hope you all are too. Brought to you today by my Strathmore mixed media art journal and my good ol’ faithful Cotman travel palette. Β  When Hub and I took our little leaf hunt Monday night, we were ready to turn back when he spotted a little bright red one in the middle of the road….and poof! Β  The rest is history.

Happy Wednesday to one and all – it’s all downhill from here!Β Β  Peace.

69 thoughts on “Happy Autumn! Welcome to Day Seven of the 30 Day Leaf Challenge

  1. Holy Shmoly – just when I think they can’t get any better! So flippin’ realistic! And the shadows – just perfect. Rockin’ it, Laura! I now announce the new Ms. Autumn! Sash and drumroll, crown and tears of joy! (and your crown is made of autumn leaves) πŸ™‚

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    1. Lol thank you! I still feel I have a loooooong way to go, but I’m really enjoying the journey this go-round, Jodi. Love love love leaves and trees and always have, all my life. So maybe it’s paying off? Thank you, I shall treasure the crown forever! ((((((Jodi)))))) πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’œ

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        1. Ok so for this one what I did is get the red in, then rinse the brush and especially with a sable brush make sure you wipe the brush several times on your water container or whisk it over an old towel or paper towel to get most of the water off it. Then go into your brown but very light, just the very tip of the brush and then drop the brown into the red. But the red should be not very fresh. Not almost dry, but not just laid down either. At least, that’s how I do it, what do I know lol. But maybe this helps?

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  2. I love your leaf paintings, so realistic. Will you post a montage of them all at the end of the challenge? It would be great to see how they’ve developed over the 30 days. The only thing is that they are so good now I don’t know how they can be any better!

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    1. Thank you so much, Tori! Most of them are in my art journal, which makes it harder to do a montage. I will try to do most of the rest on individual pieces of paper, but sometimes at the end of the day…..I don’t really have the energy always to drag out my full palette, and wind up doing these in front of the TV on my lap – much more conducive to my art journal and travel palette at that point. But I agree, it would be good to have them as individuals. I’m really glad you are enjoying them!

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        1. Oh yay! I’ll go back and look! I am east coast and you are west coast, right? I think your leaves turn sooner than ours. I will be out of town for awhile too and not sure how many beautiful leaves I’ll be able to find where we’re going….I may continue this for awhile longer, I think we won’t be in peak here til after we get back.

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          1. I’m in the lovely midwest.And, I do think this area typically turns faster than other places. Strange enough, a couple hours south the leaves are even more colorful then ours. So I picked one of those pretty maple leaves to paint for yesterday’s painting. (That will be in next week’s post.) You should definitely continue longer if you are not able to keep up during your trip.

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              1. Yes, I was visiting family on the east coast. It is such a lovely place! Lots of art inspiration there.
                Definitely a good challenge to keep up. And if you didn’t want to pain them brown you could experiment with other colors πŸ˜‰

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