I have a bit of catching up to do here with the works created over the last year. We’ll start out with this Autumn Leaves set. It was created for a special winter exhibit in November and December 2014 at The Rock & Art Shop in Bangor, Maine called “All Small”. All the participating artists received three six by six inch wood art blocks to create whatever artwork we liked. I decided to experiment with the cardboard 3D art for this exhibit.
For the leaves, I played a bit with the direction of the corrugation of the cardboard to represent the natural pattern of the veins and contours of the leaves’ serrations or lobes.
I learned the hard way on this one that I really need to apply a layer of white gesso over the top of the cardboard before I paint it, or else it absorbs the acrylic paint and the color is less vibrant. Once that was corrected, the colors were much better!
The finished pieces represent Oak Leaves, Birch Leaves, and Maple Leaves, decked out in their autumn colors. The birch leaves have a light yellow-green tone with a red-orange background. The maple leaves have a purplish background to complement the orange-red of the leaves. The oak leaves float on a blue-green pond surface.
The originals of this set are still available. Feel free to contact me for details!