Clicking on the painting below opens up a window to my leaf-related stock images on Getty.


My second autumn leaf painting is named “Autumn Hope.”

It was definitely enjoyable to capture so many colors. I filled my palette with eyedroppers of dye from at least 20 bottles in order to create my painting.

Every area that I work on is masked with frisket. Below are images of my painting in progress and frisket is visible on the first image. Frisket is similar to scotch tape, but doesn’t leave residue or tear the paper. I use an exacto knife to cut out the delicate areas I’m working on.

Collecting leaves in Southern California is not comparable to other areas in the United States where autumn leaves are prized for their spectacle. But gathering them for my painting was truly fun. I had done it before and this time I tried to include some different elements. The seed pod felt like a unique addition.

Below is my unedited reference photo that became the basis for my painting:

Once I chose my main photo, I digitally improved it to create a more pleasing layout. I filled in empty areas and removed some of the more unsightly blemishes on the leaves.

My digital photo layout.

I loved the palette of colors I used for Autumn Hope. Whether it was dusky eggplant or grayish yellow, I enjoyed mixing colors for those subtle areas. I appreciated the variety of shapes and textures. An unattractive looking sprig of brown leaves felt beautiful for me; the interplay of maroon and olive green seemed to shimmer.

I share some close-ups of my painting:

In addition to creating my painting, I also composed a new guitar instrumental with the same name. It was a joy to use my painting for the cover of my song. My guitar piece can be heard by clicking the image below:

About Judy

I'm an illustrator by profession. At this juncture in my life, I am pursuing my dream of writing and composing music. Every day of my life is precious!
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2 Responses to #66 AUTUMN LEAVES I FALL FOR – PART 2

  1. Dear Judy,

    Thank you for publishing your beautifully painted rendition of fallen autumn leaves, which are so wonderfully colourful and well-distributed across the canvas.

    Your painting reminds me of the 1945 popular French song “Les feuilles mortes” (literally “The Dead Leaves”) sung by Edith Piaf and Yves Montand with music by Joseph Kosma and lyrics by poet Jacques Prévert, and later translated into English as “Autumn Leaves” by the American songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1947. Besides, that very season of colour will dawn again in two months.

    Happy July to you soon!

    Yours sincerely,

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    • Judy says:

      Thank you so much for your delightful comment, SoundEagle. I will go to YouTube and listen to that song. I love how you tied together music with my image. You certainly understand that process so well!
      Yes, it will be autumn again before we know it!

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