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A couple of weeks ago I spotted what might be a Maple Tree while driving home from the hardware store.
After dropping off my packages I walked back to the tree and plucked a single leaf off a low branch with the intention of using it as a model for a watercolor painting. I sketched it out that same afternoon then worked on a Kumquat leaf, and a landscape instead. Today I was able to spend quite a bit of time working on the Maple Leaf painting, but it was super dried out, and crumbly and the color had changed from a vibrant red to a brownish red which I tried to capture, but perhaps I missed the mark and this is closer to an Ash in the fall or winter.
Here’s the final painting.
I bought a new set of Turner watercolor paints not long ago so, I used those to paint this on Arches 140lb Cold Press watercolor paper. I also purchased a new brush that I’ve been using almost exclusively since it arrived.
It’s Creative Mark’s Mimic Kolinsky No.12 Round. It’s faux mink but, feels and acts like a real fur brush. I’m loving it, and the new paints. The brush comes to a lovely fine point and hasn’t shed at all. It holds a lot of water, and cleans up in a cinch. The paints have a nice pigment, there are 18 colors in the set so, I’m getting to try some new colors, and I’m using less paint than I was using with my Cotman paints. Or it feels that way to me.
Is this a Maple Leaf? I hope I can find another one that’s still red soon!
Lumix FZ200| Lexar Professional Digital Film| Hand-held
More to come…