Sunday, March 6, 2011


I purchased a book called The Big Book of Painting Nature in Watercolor a month or so ago.  I was flipping through it in Barnes and Noble and even though I don't paint in watercolor I was drawn in by the photographs.  The book is made up of photographs by John Shaw and watercolor paintings by Ferdinand Petrie.  I used a photograph of oak leaves and acorns from this book as a reference for this acrylic painting done on an 8" x 10" canvas. I still don't have a good method of photographing my paintings and that gets a bit annoying but here it is.  I am not entirely happy with the background or the leaves yet-any suggestions would be very much appreciated!


  1. Shannon, Nice composition and I like the dark blue background, it pops the acorns and leaves.

  2. Your painting is lovely. I like the contrast between the gold-brown and the dark blue.

  3. Thanks for the comments, the acorns don't get much love. ;) I actually really like this painting. I'm kind of an earthy, nature girl and this one looks a lot better in person than it photographed.