Variations on a leafy theme.

My foray back to painting [after a few weeks with my foot elevated after foot surgery] started in simple fashion. I set up my gouache, a jar of water, a brush and an A4 watercolor Moleskine. Leaves - spring flowers - blooms - petals - had been bouncing through my mind along with a logo from something at Target I'd attached to this journal page.

Plus, I made my first flipagram! 

This is a shape/form/pattern I've been doodling with ink, and now in paint. Underneath each page, I put a note about each particular experiment. The funny thing is that I didn't start with the intention of painting a zillion variations but got into this groove and kept thinking of more things to try, then I thought I might even go bonkers and fill the entire freaking journal with one pattern. But then, after a few days, it was over. I turned the page and did something entirely different. And I'll share that another day!

PAINTED green/yellow/blue LEAVES FIRST, THEN PINK BACKGROUND

PAINTED green/yellow/blue LEAVES FIRST, THEN PINK BACKGROUND

painted green leaves first with gouache  then the pink background

painted green leaves first with gouache  then the pink background

painted outlines with Gouache using a round  brush.

painted outlines with Gouache using a round  brush.

PAINTED the leaves in the photo above, then painted around with the same color.

PAINTED the leaves in the photo above, then painted around with the same color.

painted leaves with Permanent liquid mask, painted with gouache, blotted with paper towels.

painted leaves with Permanent liquid mask, painted with gouache, blotted with paper towels.

followed the same process as the previous page but filled in the leaves insted of just outlines.

followed the same process as the previous page but filled in the leaves insted of just outlines.

painted with a large japanese brush. I like the subtle differences in line and color.

painted with a large japanese brush. I like the subtle differences in line and color.

PAINTED WITH A LARGE JAPANESE BRUSH on wet paper. I LIKE THE SUBTLE DIFFERENCES IN LINE AND COLOR.

PAINTED WITH A LARGE JAPANESE BRUSH on wet paper. I LIKE THE SUBTLE DIFFERENCES IN LINE AND COLOR.

working on the page from the previous photograph, applied ink after gouache was dry.

working on the page from the previous photograph, applied ink after gouache was dry.

Ink. J. Herbin Perle Noir using a dip pen, painted outside.

Ink. J. Herbin Perle Noir using a dip pen, painted outside.

INK. J. HERBIN PERLE NOIR USING A DIP PEN, PAINTED inside.

INK. J. HERBIN PERLE NOIR USING A DIP PEN, PAINTED inside.

 Leaves drawn with J. Herbin Perle Noir and painted with gouache.

 Leaves drawn with J. Herbin Perle Noir and painted with gouache.

Leaves drawn in Pencil and painted with gouache.  i like the looseness and the variation in color.

Leaves drawn in Pencil and painted with gouache.  i like the looseness and the variation in color.

Painted entirely with kuratake water brush and gouache.

Painted entirely with kuratake water brush and gouache.

Done entirely with a Japanese brush. No idea what type but it's lovely and swooshy and holds a lot of water.  

Done entirely with a Japanese brush. No idea what type but it's lovely and swooshy and holds a lot of water.  

 drew leaves with J. Herbin Perle Noir ink on gouache. 

 drew leaves with J. Herbin Perle Noir ink on gouache. 

drew with  J. Herbin Perle Noir ink On gouache.... then more gouache. 

drew with  J. Herbin Perle Noir ink On gouache.... then more gouache. 

Painted entirely with kuratake water brush.

Painted entirely with kuratake water brush.

DREW WITH  J. HERBIN PERLE NOIR INK ON GOUACHE.... THEN MORE GOUACHE. 

DREW WITH  J. HERBIN PERLE NOIR INK ON GOUACHE.... THEN MORE GOUACHE.