Thursday, October 7, 2010

Four Fall Leaves

This is for Rookie Painter, Oct 2010 challenge. It's oil on 10x10 canvas board.

In the original reference photo, the background was white, and the leaves were farther apart. (ref photo) I was debating what to do with the background, whether to keep it white, to make it complementary (blue), or analogous. I wanted the simple leaves to reflect the rich color of fall, like brown, orange, red. So I decided the painting would go with the analogous color scheme.

The background underpainting is an acrylic mixture of mars black, burnt umber, and yellow orchre. Big brush strokes were used to make the background with a wood impression. Cadmium yellow is the main color for the leaves, mixed in with alizarin, madder, ultramarine violet, sap green, raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow orchre and some white. The shadows needed to be darker than the already dark background. So I used some ultramarine blue, ultramarine violet, and black.


  1. really beautiful... you did an amazing job on this. I always look forward to seeing your submission on the rookie painter blog!

  2. Just awesome Rebecca.The detailed and beautiful work on the leaves giving them the much needed dry look.I so love the leaf thats curled up.The veins so beautifully done and a perfect background color.

  3. Very nice painting. Not so easy to do...for me anyhow. Love your gondola also.Helen