Friday, February 29, 2008

Rubber Tree Leaf


I love the colors and shapes different plants and leaves take on when they dry. In spite of this meaning the end of their life some continue being beautiful, always. It is the case of the huge Rubber Tree leaves that when still hanging from the tree have such an exuberant green to them and their shape is completely smooth, with very little curvature to them at all. A friend of mine puts them in vases and makes lovely arrangements. She shared some of them with me and I was dying to do a pastel of one, but in my desire to use my new amber bottle I had bought for a Still Life, I picked the wrong color of paper and ended up having to put in the bright red surface so that both would show up. We never cease to learn from our mistakes, do we.

10 comments:

Stacy said...

I love the shapes in this Mary! You may still be learning, but your pastels look great to me! :)

Mary said...

Stacy, thank you! I guess pastel is really a medium that you master with a lot of practice and I wish I had time to do more.

Billie Crain said...

Mary, how clever to use the dried leaf! i think this has definite possiblities.

Mary said...

It is still changing Billie! I have it on my work table and it really looks sculptural.

Judi said...

Hey my dear friend!
I had lost my password again-ha-ha-dizzy me!
I love the leaf especially. The colors are wonderful!

Mary said...

Thank you Judi, it is great to hear from you. :)

Gramercy Galleria said...

Mary,

I find so much beauty and inspiration in your work. This piece gives me a sense of abstraction with the sensibility of wabi-sabi. Beautiful in all stages of life!

Robin

Mary said...

Robin thank you for your encouraging comment and it is always great to hear from you.

Robyn said...

Mary if I could achieve half as much as you with pastels, I'd be pretty smug.

Mary said...

You made my day Robyn, with that comment, thank you! :)