We All Fall Down

We had a heavy rain here on the north shore of Long Island last week and it was mighty helpful in bringing down some decent-sized leaves from trees that are still a week or two from their peak colors.  So I took my crutches and hobbled over to the neighbor’s front yard and spent a very happy half hour staring down at the ground, poking at this windfall to find leaves with personality that I could paint for you all. So here is your mutt maple leaf  (see above, as per your request, dear readers) that can be yours in my Fall Leaf Give Away (see below).

Yes, I like these new paints mucho.The colors are more vivid and so true to nature. Fun!

And yes, I painted another mutt maple leaf  with personality  for another lucky winner (each leaf takes about 80 minutes to paint each leaf, which takes time away from the hours that I want to sit in front of my computer watching the Psy Gangham Style video which I know we all want to get back to, so I’ll make this quick and not give you the cell-by-cell newsreel on this one):

Here’s how you can win one of these hand-painted (and, eventually, hand autographed) Fall Leaves:

5″ x 7″, tea bag not included.

1. Leave a Comment below. Your Comments are each assigned a number by the gremlins that host this blog (WordPress) and that includes the hundreds of spam (tiresome, endless spam) Comments I get, which is why this next step makes sense:

2. Top Cat has randomly chosen two numbers. If that number corresponds to your Comment # or, in the case of a spam Comment hitting that lucky #, the one just before it, you will win one of these Fall Leaves. I will announce winers next Frida, and send them wafting your way as soon as I receive your mailing address.

By the way, the numbers you want to hit are  2391  and  2954 .

Good Luck to you all!



27 Comments, RSS

  1. janet bellusci

    i had to google PSY GANGHAM STYLE because the TV has not been on very often in this old farmhouse lately, and i guess i don’t get out much any more. try as i might, i just don’t get it…the music, that is. but i did flash back onto the GOGO dancers of my youth (!) when i saw his backup folks, and remember how beyond excited i was to receive my very first pair of white gogo boots.

    vivian…watching the process of leaf painting, cell by cell, made my morning. thank you.

  2. Your leaves are spot on:) I should sit..and practice..You are very patient.
    Fall is glorious..we’re getting rain all weekend..seems like we,ve been blowing leaves all week..Well Jacques mostly.

  3. Carol

    Me, Me, Pick Me Top Cat!! And I have already left a comment about Le Road Trip on Amazon, in which I ALSO referenced WWCTR. These are two amazing books that folks – especially young women just starting their life trips need to read. Thank you, Vivian for being so generous with your time and your talent!!

  4. Cheryl Carr

    Your leaves are spot-on. With a little shadowing underneath, it would be hard to tell the real from the picture. I am impressed. I have been in a sketching/painting funk recently–I hope your post snaps me out of it! I think I need a good dose of your patience–it is important to hear that one leaf can take 80 minutes to paint.

  5. Gigi

    Breathtaking! These colourful leaves are precious jewels, and I was amazed at your skill in painting them so perfectly. It’s almost impossible to tell which leaf is the watercolour and which is the real leaf!

    You’ve inspired me to get out my paints to see if I could follow your instructive tutorial. Every autumn, I collect leaves that fall in my yard, pressing and preserving them to hold on to the beauty of the season a little longer, and if I could only preserve their beauty in a watercolour painting, I would be happy indeed.

    Thank you for brightening my day!

  6. Nadine

    I’m pretty sure I left a recommendation for Le Road trip on Amazon, but I don’t recall if it was a 5-star . . . just kidding!

    The mutt Maples look great. I hope i win.

  7. Lisa

    It is my be-leaf that these are the most lovely mutts ever! They leaf me breathless! I’m going to leaf now to go and paint while I still have some inspiration leaft. 🙂

  8. Mindy Clark

    I am so glad you reprised your how to paint a leaf demo. I am always amazed at how perfectly you can reproduce what you see. I’m glad you switched to “professional” water colors; it seems a waste not to use the best for your work.

    BTW – We gave our daughter Le Road Trip before she went to France on her honeymoon and she loved it.

  9. Laura

    This week for my high school “sketch club” we are studying….. Fall leaves! I hope you don’t mind that I share your leaf painting tutorials. Thank you for providing practical examples of botanical studies for my students.

  10. Mary

    Your beautiful leaf studies are another form of crack for a long-displaced Easterner! Here in Alberta even the yellows of the poplar leaves are a distant memory.

    Good luck with the Frankenstorm, though…

  11. Joan

    Love, love, love the Mutt Maple Leaf! I can’t tell the real from the painted one. Both lovely and at the top of my Most Wanted list. Top Cat, I’m holding you accountable for picking my number. I left my 5 Star Review on Amazon, read the book from cover to cover, loved it. What more can I say or do?

    Good luck to everyone, but I hope I win.

  12. Jeannie

    Mom Nature sure knew what she was doing when she designed fall leaves. I love the variety of colors. You always amaze me when you paint leaves, so very realistic. Stay safe. Is there a champagne ritual for Frankenstorms? There should be!

  13. Laura

    Dear Vivian,

    Please please write a book on Provence next! If an place is worthy of your lovely watercolors, it would be le sud de France! And oh yes, Tuscany, and Istanbul!

  14. Is it live, or is it memorex. Hard to see which is the real painted leaf. If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I’m not sure if I would believe it. And, who YOU gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?
    Exquisite work, Vivian, I hope I can put one of those over my mantle.

  15. christine

    Hope you all-human and feline-are safe and well. When I heard how hard Atlantic City was hit by the storm, I couldn’t help but think of all the feral cats you showed us on your post after your book was released. Hope they got out and survived, too. Blessings.

  16. Karla Salyer

    Your leaves are amazing, they look better than the real thing! I too have been worried about you and your furry friends hoping that you are all safe and sound. I own both of your books and want to say that I’m thoroughly entertained every time I open their covers. Thanks!

  17. Carol

    I have watched a couple of the different version of those PSY GANGHAM Style videos on youtube. What we will do for entertainment.

    I cannot leave a review on Amazon for LRT because I have never made a purchase through Amazon for anything. Oh well, I will get over it.

  18. Joan

    Hoping you’re OK in the wake of this devastating storm. So many suffering terribly. Heart goes out to all of you and the furry ones. Hope to hear from you soon.

  19. Cheryl Carr

    Praying for all of the people suffering from the wrath of this weather event. Know that the thoughts and prayers of many are with you.

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