Bird & Sunrise photo

Bird & Sunrise photo
Because "someday" is today!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


After our snow storm in September, we actually did get some warmer days and some beautiful fall colors. I was particularly inspired by a group of Popular trees that were such a rich golden color, they fairly glowed in the fall sunshine. I stopped to pick up some of their leaves from the parking lot that was under them, and the combination of the black asphalt, yellow leaves and the red coat I was wearing gave me an immediate inspiration for a painting.
11"x 14" yellow and black acrylic painting using Popular tree leaves on the painting, ©2009 Tina M Welter.
"Flip-side" 11" x 14" acrylic on canvas ©2009 Tina M Welter
I don't often get flashes like that, but it was great to be able to see something in my mind's eye that I wanted to create. Lately, I had been considering incorporating some collage into the background of my paintings to give them more interest and texture. I saw those leaves as an excellent resource to practice with. I purchased some "Golden" brand acrylic gel medium, which was suggested for collage, and got to work.

I chose to paint with acrylics because I knew that would mix well with that medium and because they dry fast. I didn't start with a drawing, I just started putting down the colors I wanted. My only rule was that I had to go with what felt right, and that I couldn't stop and think about it too long. This was incredibly fun and I ended up getting surprised mid-way with an idea that I wouldn't have thought of to start with, it had to evolve with the painting. A good lesson for me, since I often like to know the solution to many problems before I even get started!
11"x 14" yellow and black acrylic painting using Popular tree leaves on the painting, ©2009 Tina M Welter.
"Flip-side" 11" x 14" acrylic on canvas ©2009 Tina M Welter
 Soon I felt I was finished, so I asked for Jeff's opinion, and he had one excellent suggestion to add one red leaf. Perfect. That is why it is good to have another pair of eyes that you trust. I signed the painting and hung it up. After a few days, I ended up turning it upside down and I think I like it better that way. I have posted it with both views, because I am interested in hearing some other opinions. Tell me which view you like better!

Jeff's Corner: I've looked at leaf from both sides now...

Update. I realized I didn't make it clear that the leaves in the middle of the painting ARE real leaves that I added onto the canvas using the acrylic gel medium. Thanks for asking and for voting!


Dawn Chandler said...


View 1: the leaves look like they are rising up

View 2: the leaves look like they are sifting down

a conversation of yin/yang within a whole.


JackieG said...

At first I liked View 1 best, but if I had was hanging on my wall I'd go with View 2. Can't go wrong either way. Great job!

Rob and Amy said...

I prefer view 2 also. LOVE,LOVE,LOVE the light shining through your canning jars!! But then, I'm a HUGE home canning nerd. I love the little corn stalk - it looks like harvest feels. When are you coming back? Yvonne and her mom got your quilt quilted!!!!!!!!! They are queens among women! So, I just have to bind it. Let me know when you're going to be here next :)

Camille said...

A vote for view two from me! Although if given the option of 2 separate paintings, I'd probably hang them both together. I really like the magic that tiny red leaf creates. Are the leaves in the center real ones?

True Desert Tales said...

Your work is lovely a treat to see. My daughter and I, for one month each year for twenty years, returned to Santa Fe/Taos to paint until my son died and then I had to reluctantly find subjects here by the sea