Thursday, 25 October 2012

Blazing glory

Blazing Glory   11x11cm acrylic on board   ©2012LisaLeQuelenec

In my garden I have a little collection of trees, most of them are in pots to contain their size and they grow happily enough. Amongst the collection are acers (Japanese maples), an olive, a lemon, a eucalyptus, an acacia, and the latest - a lovely gingko that His Nibbs treated me to for my birthday. I find the different leaf shapes and textures of the barks and colours inspiring. Each tree has it's own time in the spotlight whilst the others wait to take their turn.  At this time of year the acers really come into their own glowing like jewels.

The painting below isn't of my garden (I wish!) it from a place called Hillier's Arboretum  in Hampshire where His Nibbs and I went for a visit. It's magical at this time of year. My treasure bag of beautiful leaves was full to the brim. It's most definitely worth a visit if you are in the area and whether you stop to sketch or not can take up a whole day.

Despite the specimens that I picked up that day it's the acer leaf from my garden that I decided to paint.

The pond at Hillier's Arboretum  ©2012LisaLeQuelenec


RH Carpenter said...

Beautiful leaf study - and thanks for sharing the pond and autumn scenery :) This time of year is just so special. Another 80F day for us and then rain, thunderstorms, and cold coming up from Hurricane Sandy.

Caroline Simmill said...

Lovely leaf beautifully painted, you certainly have an eye for detail. The weather has been fine here this week but a cold front is coming in tomorrow! I thought that was your garden for a moment!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hi Rhonda, it's beautiful isn't it? It sounds like you had better hold onto your hat, we are in for a cold spell apparently. Have a great time at your workshop.

Hi Caroline, I've been digging out my warmest woolies and packing away the t-shirts... sigh. Although it has been very mild.
I really wish this was my garden ;o)
Have a great week.

Vandy said...

This leaf really speaks to me. I've just come back from a trip to Japan where the trees were just beginning to turn. We were commenting on how pretty the leaves of the Acers are there. I wished I had more time there so I could paint them.

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Wow! You are so lucky! I dream of visiting Japan - it's top of my bucket list, closely followed by Hawaii. I'd love to see the trees turn there but I really want to see the cherry blossom too - it could be a long trip.
Thank you for visiting.