Fall leaves

10-28 leaves

Leaf studies from the millions of maple leaves turning colors in my neighborhood. I really don’t have much time for these, but fall leaves are SO impressive that I felt compelled to draw just a few. One could make an entire career of drawing leaves, there are more variations than any one person could ever possibly get drawn or painted. sadly, they are fading fast. Until next year!

One year progress check

Mike C Shakespeare-lores gentian cranesbill harebell

I’m back after a few weeks of silence. I’ve been busy trying to actually complete some plates for various exhibits, classes, and most importantly, the one year review of my diploma project/independent study on November 4. All the diploma students (7) will gather that day at the botanic gardens to talk about what they have accomplished during the past year. I’m excited and nervous! I’m finishing up my presentation and gearing up to meet the others and talk about my experiences in the magical Burren! Attached are some pieces in various stages of completion—Cowslips, Spring Gentians, Harebells, and although you can barely see it, Bloody Cranesbill.  Back to work!

Leaves, final!

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Here’s the final plate. The last class session was devoted to grasses and long, narrow leaves. I chose “switch grass”, a spare, lovely green and red grass that I wove throughout the background. Although I could easily keep grinding on my primrose leaf (purplish green) I think I’ll call it done and move on. I learned a lot with each leaf I illustrated. Not only about leaf structure, but also the process of building accurate colors. I’m still not great, but I’m a helluva lot better than when I started five weeks ago. In my humble opinion, this class should be required of all botanical art students. It’s that critical.

Now it’s time to apply all this to all the work that is pending.