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Red Maple Tree Leaf Print Painting
Acrylic Paint on 8x10" stretched
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me, this evokes some of the magic of trees
at night. In that quiet stillness, bits of
revelation come. Also I like the sense of
the leaves glowing, emitting energy. Of
course leaves do indeed emit energy - and we
usually love it.
leaves I used in this painting are maple
tree leaves from the woods here where I
live. The big leaf is a red maple tree leaf,
as is the leaf at lower right. There's
something about the red maple tree that
epitomizes the feeling of "maple." It has a
lovely balance between delicacy and
leaves in this "Night Magic" painting are
mountain maple leaves, another favorite tree
of mine because of the graceful way it
When I lived
in South DeKalb County, right next to
Atlanta, there was a mountain maple tree in
the front yard. One of its branches curved
down in just the right way for my children's
swing. Later, after my son and daughter left
home, I looked out at that tree every
morning as I wrote.
What the painting is really
It has a real glow - even
more in person than on the computer monitor,
which is unusual. I used a gloss varnish
after I scanned it into the computer. This
really brought out the black background and
the metallic and iridescent colors. Wow!
They glow even when the painting is in dim
How this painting might look
Because the painting is on
gallery wrap canvas, it's shipped ready to
hang. No frame is required. If you'd like to
add a frame, you might pick one with a liner
to increase the size of the finished
Of course if you change the
color of the liner, you can affect the
painting a great deal:
"Night Magic" is a standard
8x10" size, so framing is easy and
How was this painting done?
leaf prints are from real leaves. As you can
imagine, this requires a delicate touch,
both in applying the acrylic paint to the
leaf, and pressing it into place on the
painted canvas. Then I made the "glow"
outlines with iridescent and metallic paints
with a fan brush.
always, I used top quality professional
acrylic paints. Mostly I use Golden paints,
on which I spend a great deal of my
discretionary income. I use fluid paints,
heavier body paints, both either matte or
regular sheen, and airbrush paints. The
airbrush paints are helpful for the leaf
prints, as they have a consistency similar
to that of inks.
Protective varnish - to last
I added an "isolation coat"
between the painting and the varnish, so if
the varnish ever needs to be removed a few
generations from now, that will be fine. The
Golden MSA Varnish. The painting can be
restored without harming the paint. So if
you buy this painting, you'll be buying one
that will last for many decades. I hope your
heirs like it too!
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