Thursday, 18 October 2012

Abbey and Leaf



Here's some latest work. The leaf is from a beautiful specimen tulip tree Liriodendron tulipifera which grows along the lane where I live and is now getting its superb autumn colours.
This leaf was painted with some granulating Daniel Smiths watercolours; superb for this type of botanical. My favourite autumn colours are PY53(new gamboge by W/N),  PY110 (by M.Graham), PO49 which is Quin gold by Dan Smiths and PO48 & PY150 (Quin. deep gold by Dan Smiths). The pigments PO48 and PO49 are hard to get hold of now so if you can get them do! Quin.golds are now usually made with a mix of PY150 and other pigments.

The other picture shows the ruin of Strata Florida Abbey (in graphite pencil).It's a monument close to my hotel. I love old ruins and ancient buildings so I will be doing more of these from my area. Ystrad Fflur means 'the vale of Flowers' in Welsh, so hence the daisies (which are taken from an earlier sketch in the summer). I also added the floorplan of the abbey to fill the gap!!


5 comments:

  1. The colours on your leaf make it look as if it is backlit. Another triumph.

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  2. Gorgeous work Claire! I love your little Ystrad Fflur study- the daisies are so sweet and work so well with the graphite. It's a lovely idea to do areas of local interest- this would make a great card. Beautiful leaf too- aren't the colours of autumn divine? Xx

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  3. Thanks both xx love autumn xx

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  4. Loving the leaf - Lirodendron turns to such an exquisite colour doesn't it? And you have captured those colours wonderfully.

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  5. Two superb works, specially the second one is really delicate and striking !

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