How observant are we? A close up leaf exercise in water color.

Posted by Debbie McCollum on

It took about 2 months to complete this small painting, doing a little at a time each day.  I was finding it hard to get back into things as a stay at home/work from home Mom.  I decided to get my butt to my table and start small.....with an intricately difficult subject matter.. who does that?! 

I enjoyed taking my time and truly observing that which I wanted to replicate.  Here is the progression.  

Watercolor leaf progress, close up water drops, Debbie McCollum, d. Weber

Start of very light, making sure to leave white spaces for light.  

Watercolor leaf progress, close up water drops, Debbie McCollum, d. Weber

Build up the colors & values slowly and carefully.

Watercolor leaf progress, close up water drops, Debbie McCollum, d. Weber

I zoomed into the reference photo (a wet leaf on my steps) and worked in sections.

Watercolor leaf progress, close up water drops, Debbie McCollum, d. Weber

Watercolor leaf progress, close up water drops, Debbie McCollum, d. Weber

Watercolor leaf progress, close up water drops, Debbie McCollum, d. Weber

It's easy to get lost in the tiny water drops and panic a little, but take a breath and focus on each drop if you have to.

Watercolor leaf progress, close up water drops, Debbie McCollum, d. Weber

Watercolor leaf progress, close up water drops, Debbie McCollum, d. Weber

Be sure to walk away when it's vibrant and whole.  It's so hard sometimes to walk away, because we're never really satisfied.

Watercolor leaf progress, close up water drops, Debbie McCollum, d. Weber

I feel like I walked away at the perfect time, I'm actually happy with this finished piece.  

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