Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Red, Green and Mauve



I felt a bit lacking inspiration so I went for a wander over the hill behind my house.  I found so much to look at and all under my nose.  I came back with three leaves from the same variety of plant, but all were a different a colour.  I'm still playing with small narrow pieces of watercolour paper, that way I don't waste anything.  Most of these little bits are off cuts from a whole sheet.





Seeing the three little oblongs with the coloured leaves made me think of doing them much bigger for my kitchen.  Whatever happens it was fun and good to practice watercolour. ( I did use a tiny bit of coloured pencil too)



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19 comments:

E*phi said...

Gosh, these looks SO real! Sure you didn't just upload photos of pressed leaves here? :)
Wow. Just wow.

winna said...

I give up---I lost two comments I made--love the red one best but they all have great shapes----winna

. said...

Beautiful, really beautiful!!! I love them all, but my favourite is the purple one... Love how you go the colours within it and the texture. Lovely work!

Elza Metzelaar said...

How a simple thing can become a thing of beauty in the hands of an artist.

debra morris said...

Beautiful Cathy, do you think you play more on small pieces?

Cathy Holtom said...

I definately play more Debra, if it goes wrong it's not such a tragedy!

Judy said...

Beautiful! Good idea to use small pieces of paper!

Pat said...

Beautiful leaves! They'll make stunning bookmarks. x

Phil Davis said...

Amazing as usual, I really love the autumn colours

nanke's stuff said...

They're just gorgeous. The beauty and inspiration is there, if we just seek it out. nancy

Alissa Duke said...

wonderful- I like the top one and its intense colours. I love drawings of nature that are not "perfect pieces"- broken shells, parts of leaves etc.

Alex said...

They are all so well drawn Cathy! It's amazing how many 'treasures' you'll find if you actually pay attention to your surroundings ^^

Gillian said...

Lovely saturated colours - you're lucky to find leaves that are still so interesting. A good exercise to just look under our noses!

Sandra said...

They are all lush. So beautiful.

ffyrebird said...

I love these- the colors and long format, very nice!!

raena said...

I've been playing on small scraps of paper like this a lot lately! I find it less 'precious' and therefore more freeing. These are exceptional! Beautiful colors and textures!

Sue Pownall (aka travelingsuep) said...

Lovely Cathy.

Lucia B. said...

Wonderful works, Cathy! These leaves look so real, they reveal your attention for details and a great sensitivity for colours.

kazumiwannabe said...

Gorgeous, all of them! I can see how it could become a tryptic, it's an awesome idea!

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