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10 May 2015 @ 11:10 pm
Autumn Leaf.  
I had a really great weekend and I have pics to show you from it, but I don't have them uploaded yet. So in the meantime, I thought I'd post pics of the painting I did for my mom for Mother's Day. She is an avid collector of leaves - (and rocks and pinecones and feathers, etc) - and her decor is very nature-like, so this will go well in her house. Also, I used some glitter, cuz...glitter. And like, earlier this week, I called my mom to come over and assist me during a flare up and so she came in my room to help me and was like, "Oh, what's this painting? Did you do it? Etc..." And I was like, 'Oh shit, what do I say?' So I said, "Moooooommmmm, I need help." Which was true, but also like, oops, she is asking about her Mother's Day present! Today when I gave it to her, she said, "Well no wonder you wouldn't answer my questions about this painting! I thought you were being so rude!" Ahahaha, nope.

Autumn Leaf - photo 02

I was testing out a new technique, where I use a straw to blow paint on a canvas board, trying to find a way to make bubbles. It didn't quite work, but it had a interesting swirly blend to it, with my background on my test board coming out very nature-like and giving me the idea to turn it into a leaf for my mother. I then cut out a paper leaf shape, painted it, glued it down and touch-brushed some blending of the sides on it, to blend the canvas board and the paper. The BFF suggested some sort of outline, to really make the leaf shape pop and she was right. Unfortunately, a bit of the paper leaf was too wet and ripped off and I had a smishy hole in the bottom left corner of the leaf that I had to fix. In the end, I can still see the messed up area, and there are some things I like better about the original and some things I like better about the final draft. Thankfully, at least one good thing about my mother not seeing that well, I doubt she ever notices it.

Autumn Leaf - photo 04
Autumn Leaf - photo 03 Autumn Leaf - photo 01

Autumn Leaf - photo 02

Autumn Leaf - before Autumn Leaf - after
And these are the original draft and the final draft.

Anyways, there is my painting! I knew if I didn't get it up today, it would be next Mother's Day before I remembered!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on May 11th, 2015 04:33 am (UTC)
What a great idea! I am glad your mom liked it.
dodger_sister: chicksdodger_sister on June 10th, 2015 03:06 am (UTC)
What a great idea! I am glad your mom liked it.

Thank you! She really did! It was funny, because if you ever want to know if someone really likes the art gift you made them, accidentally let them see it beforehand and see their response, lol. Since she made such a fuss about how beautiful it was when she accidentally saw it, I knew she was going to love it when she opened it!
Shirebound: Autumn - Annwyn55shirebound on May 11th, 2015 02:52 pm (UTC)
What a lovely gift.
dodger_sister: chicksdodger_sister on June 10th, 2015 03:08 am (UTC)
What a lovely gift.

Thank you! It was nice to stretch my nature skills a little on this one!
Kate: taking wingceitfianna on May 12th, 2015 03:21 am (UTC)
It's lovely. Your art is beautiful.
dodger_sister: chicksdodger_sister on June 10th, 2015 03:11 am (UTC)
It's lovely. Your art is beautiful.

Aww, thank you. Sometimes I get critical of my own work, so it's lovely to hear other people say it. I loved the process of this one, as it went through so many versions until I ended up where I did. My mom didn't realize it, but I called her a few times for advice on how to fix certain areas of it and she was helping me with her own present, lol!