Wednesday, 9 October 2013

FREE GIFT - ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS, Autumn Leaves

ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS LINEN PAINTING
FALL LEAVES ACEO

ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS
Autumn Leaves

ORIGINAL BY SEA DEAN
8" x 8" Natural Linen Canvas Panel from Paris

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On special pre-holiday celebration sale - Buy now, wrap and relax with a smile when everyone is still rushing around in December. Everyone purchasing from now till 25th December 2013 receives a FREE print. I'm happy to multi-pack and do layaways on paintings not on auction.

I spent a couple of feverish hours looking for a painting today. You see, it has bids on it and I was having a varnishing day, so I wanted to make sure it was dry in time to ship. The trouble is that I've moved, and organized everything in the last few days and now I can't find a thing. Sound familiar? I was about to leave a note for the bidder,  tell them the sad news and that I would be happy to paint another, when I found the culprit under another larger painting, which I might add I had looked under before. Those pesky little ACEO, they do like to hide themselves.

LATEST PAINTINGS VARNISHED AND READY TO SHIP
So, I finished varnishing all my latest paintings ready for the holiday rush (don't they look lovely all decked out in their UV protective top coats?) and then I got down to what I had planned this morning, which is to create another painting of the lovely fall photo by Carol Marine for this weeks Daily Paintworks challenge.

I wanted to crop the painting square and do a realistic style using more transparent paint. The only square canvas I had on hand was a precious natural linen panel which I purchased in Paris and was saving for something special. I've been nervous about painting on the transparent gessoed linen because there is no room for error, the edges have to be perfect to allow the linen to act as a natural background. Beautiful but scary.

The thing which most attracted me to the photo in the first place was the tips of the two leaves on the left crossing over and almost kissing. As I painted it occurred to me that the edges of the leaves and especially the tips were very important to both the composition and the story of the painting. I say story because every Artist knows that each painting has a story and this one seemed to be about endings and beginnings. The leaves were dying but it seemed as if they had to let go in order for the tree to grow and their death was almost a celebration in colour.

What do you think of my new version? It's a bit of a departure from my usual style seen in the ACEO above, but I'm very happy with the result, and even happier I didn't ruin the lovely French linen canvas.


13248 Endings and Beginnings, Autumn Leaves
Photo Inspiration Carol Marine of DPW