Update on my awesome, fun leaves class. My page is filling up with one week to go. I want to do an oak leaf not only because they are very sculptural and challenging but also because I have two giant oak trees in my front yard and the damn squirrels have ravaged them the past month. I am ankle deep in acorns and broken off branches, which is infuriating. This will be my tribute to the mighty oaks. Now, how am I going to fit one more drawing on the page? . . . . stay tuned.
The second session of my leaves class dealt with rendering different and difficult textures, and how to create accurate color matches. We all picked samples from the collection and tried to recreate them on paper. I’m doing Lamb’s ear, ha! talk about tricky. Instructor Susan Rubin also gave us some valuable lessons on how to use solvent blenders and baby oil to create intense color blends. My brain was full!
I’ve started working on leaf studies as part of my five-week Leaves class. So far I’ve almost finished—is anything EVER finished?— a french bean leaf, and begun a Cranes-bill leaf (upper right) and the always intimidating Primula leaf. What a beast! Each week we will add a different specimen and by the end of five weeks I’ll have, hopefully, an interesting leaf composition and a better working knowledge of how these suckers work. It is all about the leaves, this I know . . .