‘Leaf Man’ or ‘Hybernation’

I have many graphite drawings of nudes on paper and canvas. This one, in particular, was drawn on a 22×30 size of Arches cold press watercolor paper. After the drawing is finished, I will often wet down the sheet of paper, then splash a few different watercolor pigments all over. After the paper dries, I may do the same process a second and third time. …

After the paper dries again, I let my imagination run. My thoughts, music I'm listening to, etc. will have a great effect on what I see. I will use either paint or a pencil to begin suggesting what I see.

With this drawing, the model had fallen asleep, and the colors I used to splash all over seemed like the colors of autumn leaves. I took a brush dipped in water, then a slightly darker pigment, and began hinting at outlines of leaves, or filling in areas of negative space. Sometimes this is a long process and certain pieces of artwork will take several weeks or even months to complete. I often work on several at a time.

Originally, this painting had the title of "Hybernation" but everyone kept calling it "Leaf Man" so I changed the name.

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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17 Responses to ‘Leaf Man’ or ‘Hybernation’

  1. lokutus-prime says:

    It's beauty-full. To my eyes it has a 'soft' mélange aspect, but when I utilise the magnifier and zoom in and take a closer look I can discern a difference in what I perceive. I wish I could be there, stand there, see the actual painting itself, to illuminate my own perception. You will know that I 'paint with words'. I am stimulated, inspired, by many things I see around me or 'see' with my imagination, my 'muse'. In saying this, I guess I am trying to indicate that your art is stimulating and I very much appreciate your posts here. If I could add a 'technical apppreciation', or add in thoughts from a 'painter's standpoint' I would do so. But I am only a poet (though I do use photos in many of my poems) and must be content with telling you, in my own words, how I react to your wonderful creative art. I hope I have managed to do this :up:

  2. Captivevet says:

    It seems intricate, but this is one time where my "color blindness" is tripping me up. I don't see the body at all. Sad huh? Get up, drink coffee, get painting!:coffee:

  3. Unasia says:

    (smile) I find this painting soft and hopeful, maybe offering a new day?and Tyler I have to laugh a little. I have received in the mail before the "find the man in the coffee beans photo, and never could see him, Until I sopped looking at the beans as a whole and looked at each bean.I like this work very much but I have yet to see one here I dont.

  4. Captivevet says:

    On the US Army "Colorblind" test, I only got six out of 15. So I am government certified.

  5. PainterWoman says:

    Loku, sometimes I paint with words when I write a poem but mostly my paintings are with paint trying to form the words and pictures in my head. Kind of hard to explain. Tyler, I knew a man in one of my drawing classes who would only paint in black and white or draw w/ graphite because he was color blind. I guess I thank God that I see the colors that I can see…..even if most are in my imagination.Clance, thanks for the compliment. The pic, actually, is a bit dark, and off in color. I have tried many times to correct it but give up after a few tries. That lower left portion has much more burnt sienna (rust) color in it and so do the other smaller, very dark spots. Once I get a digital, I'll have to take all new pics of my work.

  6. lokutus-prime says:

    But your painting prowess is remarkable and the result is so very beautiful.QED

  7. Captivevet says:

    Yes, when I was a kid, I worked in black and white all the time. Alas, I have pretty much lost the ability to draw anything, because I quit doing it for to long.

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  9. CultureSurfer says:

    Pam, you are an incredibly talented artist! It's beautiful! And I love how eclectic your styles are. :yes:

  10. PainterWoman says:

    Hmmmm, I never saw some of these comments. Thank you Loku. I like the sound of 'painting prowess'.Tyler: :cheers: Just had one last night. Naomi: Thank you. Yes, I would say I am eclectic….maybe diverse too.

  11. Captivevet says:

    I didn't realize how much I enjoy Opera, until I couldn't use it.You are an excellent artist by the way.:cheers:

  12. PainterWoman says:

    Same here. I didn't use it for the week I was in North Dakota. But now I'm home and am very busy looking for stuff and haven't had time to do a new post. Maybe in a couple of days.

  13. Captivevet says:

    I guess then that you didn't even know that Opera went down for almost a week? North Dakota? I bet you were cold up there.:no:

  14. PainterWoman says:

    Nope, sure didn't. Except the night I got back, Tuesday, no ones' avatar was working. I guess that must have been the tail end of it. The weather actually was tolerable…if the wind didn't blow. When it did, that 23 degrees cut right through. Only light flurries and cloudy a couple of days.

  15. Captivevet says:

    Were you visiting family up there? I have been up in that area when I was trucking. Whole lot of not much.:coffee:

  16. PainterWoman says:

    My daughter and her husband live there. Both of them have very good jobs in industries that are doing well…..alternative energy and snacks.

  17. Captivevet says:

    Snacks would do well right now. People want "comfort" food when they are depressed.:coffee:

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