Lately, I have had an obsession for leaves. I love the beautiful leaves of the Arrowhead plant, and they can be found in great numbers in Lake County's 7,000+ acre Emeralda Marsh on the south side of Lake Griffin. This week I have made four takes on those fabulous leaves.
The first, I painted on location. I call this "Leaves A." You can see my palette on the sheet. On location the leaves were teal blue - obviously I missed that, so........
when I got back at the studio, using Leaves A as my model, I painted this one, which I call, "Leaves B."
The next day, I returned to the marsh with the intent of "mapping" the lights, middles and darks in monochrome. I used an Ebony pencil in my Strathmore 566 journal (available at Michaels' in The Villages.)
This one in gray, I called "Leaves C."
These are all approximately 9 x 12, with the color pieces made in Shinhan watercolors, using a Princeton 4050ST, flat, 3/4 brush, painted on 140 lb Canson cold press. The paper is available in pads or books at DK Art Supplies in Leesburg.
If you would like to explore Emeralda Marsh with an idea to draw or paint, drop me a note, and we can have a mini sketch crawl. Be warned: the black flies are out - they attack when I walk, but when I stopped to draw or paint, they abandoned me. For what that's worth.