Friday, May 9, 2008

May 9: Foglia


This leaf is from a mystery perennial in my garden. I planted it last summer and it never bloomed. It grew quite vigorously this spring and is now a couple of feet tall and full of buds. I have no idea what it is. I'm intrigued, though, and looking forward to solving the mystery in the coming days.

I painted the leaf with watercolor, turned it over onto watercolor paper and then weighted it with books for an hour or so. That left a faint leaf design, which I then enhanced with ink and more watercolor.

13 comments:

juj said...

Great technique (kind of a "poor-man's monoprint) and I love the result. I'm going to have to try that sometime. Of course, in order to get something that looks as great as yours I'll have to have you do the initial painting for me . Any chance you'll be headed my direction anytime soon? ;D

mARTa said...

Sharon, Che bella! Mi piace molto tutti posts! This is really lovely. I'm so enjoying your everyday in May and what a great idea! I'm learning so many new words! Your watercolors are so fresh and full of life! May should turn out to be a fine collection! Wish I had known, might have been fun to particiapte...then again..I've been so busy!

Ann said...

This is so very nice. The technique certainly worked well for you!

Judybec said...

lovely technique! It's very fresh and whimsical. Could it be a a leaf from a parsley plant?

A Brush with Color said...

Love this, and have I told you I love the name of your blog? It's wonderful.

SCquiltaddict said...

VERY nice...i really like this

Sharon said...

Grazie - for stopping by and for the many encouraging comments!

no way said...

Cool! I love the way this turned out, as well as the ball below, and honestly, everything else. What a great concept-I'm really enjoying it!

Claudia said...

Your blog and your art is just wonderful!

Sharon said...

Judy,
It does look a bit like flat-leaf parsley, but it's not. It's about to bloom. It occurred to me today that it might be geum.

Raluca C said...

could be a persile family if is not a real persile:I like a lot the outcome of your ''printer'',remind me childhood.Very nice!

Sandy said...

I love this, Pretty sure it is a perennial Mum from the description and this lovely print. You will be surprised with lovely blossoms to sketch later in the year.

Jennifer Lawson said...

So beautiful! What a great idea to do with the leaf. I may have to try it sometime.

Your Every Day in May concept is wonderful and all the drawings are really lovely.