Leaf Painting

In the fall, I pick up colored leaves each morning during walks with my two dogs. I take the leaves home and if I have time, paint ‘portraits’ of them that night. I try to paint them actual size, flat on the page as I originally saw them on the ground. Every one is different in the way the color changes on its surface. The leaves also suffer various forms of damage which, far from ruining them, make them more interesting as they create contrasting dark and neutral patches which stand out against the brighter reds, greens, oranges and yellows. While painting, I often think that the branching veins look much like entire trees themselves; or perhaps maps of the very land in which the trees grow. The veins become rivers and streams, laid in and flowing down to the stem.

Visit the Leaf Painting gallery.