Thursday, 25 October 2012

Autumn Oak leaves

I have been painting a study of vibrant autumn oak leaves all week. The method used was the wet in wet technique for the first 2 or 3 washes and then dry brush with the details. The dominant colours are new gamboge, raw and burnt umbers and some quinacridones. The paper is Fabriano artistico 140lb which is quite good for wet in wet work.
 
 
The dead tree is drawn in graphite and it stands in a field very close to my house. I love its shape and look at it every time I drive past. I have drawn it a few times over the years.
 
 
 
                                        Here it is painted in Unison pastels about 5 years ago.


  
And again in pen and wash; the sinuous bark is highly textured and has a multitude of strange shapes that can be picked out if you look. It has been bleached, eroded and battered by the weather over the years and its broken limbs lie around.

15 comments:

  1. Fantastic! I love those Oak leaves especially. So real.

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  2. Just stunning Claire, reading this was a very welcome relief from the teaching course assignment !

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  3. It is interesting to see how you have handled the same tree differently over time. I am worried all we will soon be left with are oaks after hearing news of the threat to our ash trees. Horse chestnuts have been suffering for a few years now and I still remember the Dutch Elm disease of the '70's. (Just)!

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  4. Claire, what a wonderful painting! Xx

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  5. Claire, the leaves are beautiful and the graphite tree in the background adds a great touch.

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  6. Beautiful autumn leaves and the tree looks like winter to come - what a tree!! I can see why you love drawing and painting it.

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  7. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments,xxxx
    Lets hope the ash trees are strong enough to resist the infection. We also have sudden oak death in the Uk aswell now attacking larch forests(it jumped species!)

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  8. Claire spotted your comment on Jarnie's post and hopped over to your blog. You have some lovely sketches and paintings. Your tree in pastel and pen and ink is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Its a pleasure, Thank you xx

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  10. Your leaves are gorgeous Claire. I also love the textural detailing in your second tree study - Wonderful! :)

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  11. The tree is beautiful! I like the second painting a lot. All those shapes and textures. Great subject to paint or draw.

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  12. Gorgeous colours on those oak leaves Claire. The pen and wash is so lovely, it really gets all those textures. x

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  13. oh wowww Claire, I love those textures on the trees and the leaves are really beautiful:)

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