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Sycamore Leaf

Sycamore Leaf
 watercolor painted on Daler Rowney paper
10" x 7"/  25 x 17cm.

 Fall is coming slowly but I loved this dead leaf I found lying by the river bank surrounded by moss. 

 I started this painting plein air and finished working on it at home.I build up the layers over my wet into wet sketch. I used salt in the background  and negative painting in order to try and recreate the effect of the moss.


 Work in progress drying in the sun. 
I like to work from life as much as possible, the colors are always more vibrant.

My photo reference, I love the bright moss color against the earth tones.

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  1. Wonderful leaf Celia and I love seeing the real leaf against that moss

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  2. Oh, your texture on the moss is wonderful!!! Love the vibrant color of the leaves contrasted with the moss. This is really lovely!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Joan!

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  3. So beautiful Celia, love it and I can almost smell the earth and leaves!! love it. love,Diana

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  4. Dear Celia. Your painted leaf is definitely more beautiful than the real thing, such gorgeous colors ! The hint of blue is just perfect , and you recreated the moss very well !

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    1. You are too generous with me Jane, thank you!

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  5. Beautiful fall colors Celia! I could start a collection of these leaves right now... Hugs

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    1. I love this time of year. Thank you for your kind comment!

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  6. Hi Celia...love the leaf and with the salt background!! I used to use salt when I did silk painting, I love the effects. Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog, it's great to meet a new blog friend:)

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    1. Thank you for the visit and for the nice comment!

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  7. You definitely made the leaf more beautiful than real life, Celia! The salt effect is perfect for the moss!

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    1. I don't normally use salt and was worried it wouldn't come out well. You are far too nice, thank you for sweet comment!

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  8. Love your fall painting especially that I don't get to see many changes of color here in Florida. Thanks for sharing and a special thank you for coming to visit my blog..
    Barbra Joan

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    1. It's not such a bad trade-off for you Barbra! Thank you for the visit!

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  9. Celia - what a lovely leaf - your colors are so much more stunning than the photo. I like the blues I see. There is something about painting from life versus a photo. Just beautiful. Hope you are having a wonderful fall day.

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  10. Fall is full of so many beautiful colors, Celia... and you have put so many beautiful colors in this leaf.... well done!!

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  11. Wonderful leaf Celia, I like the vibrant color of the leaf contrasted with that of the background. Ciao!

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  12. Un trabajo estupendo Celia, la hoja tiene todos los colores del otoño! un abrazo! :)

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  13. You've done a beautiful painting Celia! The colours are very lush. I love how you interpreted the background mosses. I also love your photos!

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    1. Thank you Wendy, I'm so glad you like it!

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  14. It is a lovely study of autumn colours. The orange is beautyful!

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  15. Celia, I love your color and design choices, this leaf really comes to life!

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    1. Thank you, Laura, for your kind comment!

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  16. Celia it is always lovely to see how another artist works through the problems and puzzles that creating a finished piece give us. You seem to work like I do in part. Starting with an idea, laying the foundations and then building from there and working with what is happening on the paper. Your leaf turned out beautiful and what a lovely memory for you of an autumnal day spent painting.

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    1. Thank you for the comment Laura. I'm happy to know you find similarities in how you approach your paintings too, I might be doing something right.

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  17. You certainly made this more beautiful that the real leaf. That is an artist's job and gold star is coming your way.
    thanks for the lovely comment on my blog.

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    1. You are very generous with your time and comment, Julie! Thank you!!

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  18. Celia,
    Your beautiful leaf painting is so much better than the original! And both are stiking! I also love the fact that you posted the original leaf next to your wonderful work! Bravo! (Love your fall paintings! Love the changing seasons! Today we had a first little snowfall! Yippee!)
    Take care my friend!
    Michael

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    1. Thank you Michael!! It thrills me to know that you like my painting! I do love the changing seasons and am looking forward to winter. Lucky for you that you have warmed up in the Caribbean before it arrives! :-)

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  19. This piece is so artistic. The colors and shadows are truly exquisitely painted, Celia. Congratulations!

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