Friday, March 13, 2009

'Neptune's Leaves' - finished!

'Neptune's Leaves', Coloured Pencil on Colourfix Paper, 22" x 16"
Copyright Teresa Mallen

'Neptune's Leaves' is finally finished. I redid some veins to improve their placement and I finished the background. When doing the background, I applied pigment and then used a stiff brush to grind the pigment into the paper. This technique gives a look similar to what I would get if I used solvent.

After taking several photos, in different locations, with varying light conditions, using many settings on the camera, this photo is the best I could come up with. Keep in mind that the inside of the leaves are more of a coral colour in real life. I am going to try scanning it to see if I can get a more correct image for my website.

To read about my inspiration for this piece and what I was aiming for, you can click here which will take you to an earlier post. Now I just need to clean up all the pigment that has been flying around while I worked on this sanded surface and I shall be ready to start my next project. For a change of pace, I am returning to Stonehenge paper and I think it is time to do a flower, well at least part of a flower...

8 comments:

Vic said...

Wow Teresa, I love the boldness of this piece, the colours are so vibrant and that green background looks great....almost has an abstract feel to it.

CountryDreaming said...

Your leaf veins to my mind give this image the quality of a stained-glass light catcher hanging in a forest window.

Valerie Jones said...

This looks really neat! I have to agree with CountryDreaming....it reminds me of stained glass.

Christine said...

Another amazing piece Teresa! I have come to expect nothing less from you though. It looks beautiful, creative, and high quality! Great work!

Beth said...

I love the way this turned out! So unique! Love the patterns in the leaves.

Teresa Mallen said...

Thank you very much everyone for your kind words and your lovely comments - they mean a lot :-)

Phoenix said...

It looks very vibrant... amazing piece of work!

Teresa Mallen said...

Thank you for your comment Phoenix and thanks for stopping by my blog. You have interesting and thoughtful writing on yours!