Sunday, November 07, 2010

AEDM Days 3-4

Okay, I'm getting behind on posting so I'm going to try to catch up a bit over the next couple of days. Wednesday, Day 3, was a busy computer day for me. All I could manage was a quick watercolor sketch of some sumac.

Day 3: Sumac Sketch

I take a lot of photos to use for future paintings. If it's something I like a lot, then I'll print it out and put it in a binder for future use. That's where I got this sketch. It's an easy source for a subject when you're stuck or just to tired to be very creative.

Our downtown area has lots of Ginkgo trees. I love them, especially in the fall when the leaves turn bright yellow. I usually grab a few leaves every fall and bring them back to paint and play with. The other day when I was downtown, I noticed the leaves were turning on one tree so I grabbed a few to paint.

Day 4: Ginkgo Leaves Ginkgo Leaves by Sydney Harper
Watercolor, 5 x 5 inches

The leaves were still green at the base and turning yellow at the ends. With our strange, dry weather this fall, the leaves have been slow to turn. On some trees they just seemed to dry up and fall off. It looks like the Ginkgo will do well though.


helen said...

Ginkgo leaves can be a bit smelly if I recall - but I like yours a lot!

Sydney Harper said...

I haven't noticed these being smelly but that may be because of my allergies. The leaves do have an almost leathery quality to them though.

knitseashore said...

I'm enjoying your paintings -- it must be incredibly hard to paint each day after work when you are tired.

Sydney Harper said...

The hard part is getting started. Once I get started, I find it relaxing.