Day 17- Botanical Art 30 Day Leaf Challenge

by Mindy on October 17, 2011

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Gingko Leaves – 2009 versus 2011


Every once in a while I like to paint something that I have already painted. I don't look at the older painting until I have finished the current one. I keep a record of my paintings so even if I have sold the painting I still have a record of it. After each painting is completed I scan it in a high resolution and archive it. This way I always have a copy of it that can be made into prints or cards or used in webdesign. 2 years ago I painted a Gingko leaf in my 30 day Botanical Leaf Challenge and I decided today to do it again. The all green leaf was painted in watercolor in 2009 and the multi-colored leaf  was painted in gouache and graphite today in 2011. Now that I have finished the newer leaf I scanned it and placed the 2 of them into this post.  I can see them side by side. The watercolor leaf is much more fluid and alive. The pose of the leaf almost looks like it is dancing. The greens don't seem to change much except that they get lighter and darker with the form. The gouache leaf looks stiff and rigid. Interesting that the gouache leaf was painted from a leaf that was almost dead. I found it on the ground. The watercolor leaf was drawn and painted from a fresh green leaf. It appears that the choices that I made for which medium I used reflected the fact that one leaf was alive and the other was dead…….. hmm……. Interesting isn't it?


This leaf can be purchased from my Etsy Shop: BugsBeastsBotanicals

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jackie Jacobson October 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Wow…I really like this post.
I love looking at your history and you in present time. It really isn't that you're different. It really is that the subject is different even though it's almost the same.
Alive vs. Dying. That is a real study, and my dear…you got it. I don't think the medium has anything to do with it. That fact is, you can paint what is there. And you have done just that.

What I do like is the variety of greens that you've captured in the newest drawing. I think they are beautiful and really do make us understand what you were looking at. Hooray for you, and thanks for sharing your journey.

Mindy October 19, 2011 at 7:30 am

Gosh Jackie! Thanks so much for the comment. It was my pleasure to share with you.

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