Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Leaves in the sketchbook

I love leaves. Whether they grow on trees, flowers or shrubs, I enjoy their colours and shapes and am amazed at how many different varieties there are. So it's no wonder I often take photographs of them and sometimes I even sketch them.

Recently I did a page of leaves in my sketchbook, based on some of my own photographs.


I divided the page into four sections with the help of some masking tape. This is an idea I got from Roz Stendahl and I liked the clean look of it. I first drew the leaves in pencil and then coloured them in with watercolour. It was an exercise in patience, I can tell you that!

Here's a close up of each image:





It was interesting to really look at the shapes and to see how many different greens there actually are.

I'm quite pleased with the result too and hope you agree. Let me know what you think.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!

10 comments:

  1. These are wonderful! These would be wonderful as a framed piece. I love the look of 4 pictures in one piece. I also am inspired by leaves and have tons of photos as well as dried ones that I have just started to incorporate into mixed media. I've only used watercolour pencils so far but you have inspired me to try them with watercolours.

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    1. It's funny, I have watercolourpencils, but rarely use them, because the paint feels so much more direct to me. I should practice with them more maybe. I mean I love coloured pencils and I love watercolour, so I should really love something that combines the two, right? ;-)
      Thank you for your kind words on my paintings.

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  2. These are just beautiful. These would make a fantastic present for one lucky person. Maybe Christmas????
    Barb

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    1. They are in a sketchbook and I never never tear anything out of a sketchbook! ;-) Let's consider them a gift to myself, haha.

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  3. I love them all and I too like that you put the four of them on one piece. Watercolour is a fantastic medium that I use more and more often after having let it sleep in drawers. I can believe drawing these leaves was an exercise in patience. I have made many attempts at drawing, planning a drawing a day at some holidays but I never went far for lack of patience.

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    1. There's many ways to do quicky drawings and I like those a lot two, because they are so much more spontaneous than the above. Quick gesture sketches, fast impressions of what you see. I thinkg they make for interesting and fun drawings.
      By the way for me personally: if I were to force myself to do a drawing a day or anything at a regular interval I'd loose interest in no time. I seem to do best with no strings attached. I often wish I was one of those disciplined people, but I'm just not.

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  4. Wow, you did an amazing job with these!

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  5. Hello Caatje! I've been reading along here for a month or so and have enjoyed your interesting posts......so much so, that I've even gone back through most of your archives! You have some very inspiring art and journal work which has encouraged me to start my own pretty books for my 'morning pages'. I used to write into small excercise books, just write, nothing fancy but now I'm using a larger one with lots of added cut outs and delicious washi tape! Thank you for the inspiration!!!
    I really enjoy seeing all the different types of arty things you do - a bit of watercolour, some sketching, writing, mixed media, sewing - because I can really relate! While it would be lovely to become proficient in one area, it's just too much fun not to try a bit of everything, hence I have many journals and styles happening at once!! Oh well, I will never be bored!
    Looking forward to your future posts!! All the best from Tasmania.

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    1. Welcome Evi! It always makes me so happy when somebody finds my blog inspiring, so thank you so much for your sweet words. How wonderful you started decorating your morning pages and that you like so many different things too. I will indeed never be a specialist at anything, but I have a lot of fun being a generalist. ;-)

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