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I enjoy painting leaves and seeing as I had neglected my pastels for some time I decided to use these on Black Canson Paper to achieve the shadows and contrasts that I wanted to achieve. Maybe I should have called it a maze of leaves :)

Leaf Parade

Fading in the shadows they have played their part.
The spotlight moves, a new parade to start.
The show begins with colours that shine,
Leaves perform, they shimmer, all in time.
Then as light falls to caress the floor,
We await another day so we can see more.

Linda Callaghan

A different look on leaves from my point of view inspired from the ever changing colours that I see in my garden.

Soft and hard pastels with prismacolour pencils and inks on Canson Pastel Paper. Dimensions
21 × 30cm.



pastel, inks, leaves, nature, black, vibrant, trees, impressionism, bright, poetry, inspirational, colours

Welcome! I paint and sell a diverse range of works through local art shows and direct from my Studio Gallery in the Blue Mountains of Australia. My portfolio consists of inspirational watercolours, realism and abstract. Website or connect with me at my Facebook Page LindArt
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  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanalmost 3 years ago

    stunning colours Linda superb patterns too. ooh such patience !

  • thanks so much Ginny…I started it at night with the paper pad on my lap and went from there…I did enjoy drawing all the shadowed leaves before moving on to the brighter colours :)

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanalmost 3 years ago

    I have used blackboard paint as a surface for pastels , good over watercolour paper , although only ever used 420 grams , not sure about light weight paper ,one that’s gone wrong.[or several!! ]also used it on craft board too as a sealer [the boards cheap from Bunnings or hardware shops I buy a large sheet and cut it into the shapes or sizes as I need it, a Stanley knife works, score it until it cuts through ,a bit time consuming and a bit hard but I haven’t got a saw , or at least one I can use!

  • have not thought of blackboard paint…I imagine the pastels would fix easier?

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful work linda!

  • thank you so much Dianne! :)

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 3 years ago

    The colour is amazing Linda, truly an impressive piece. Excellent artwork girlfriend.

  • thank you so very much Jim for your nice comment…took some time to complete… very pleased to see it has the thumbs up from you :)

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Wilhelmina
    Wilhelminaalmost 3 years ago

    Great colours, I thought it was stained glass there for a moment.

  • thank you so very much Wilhelmina….yes it could be to do with the strong contrasts in colours and the ink work :)

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • maria paterson
    maria patersonalmost 3 years ago

    lovely jewel like composition Linda

  • thank you so very much Maria …glad you like it :)

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunteralmost 3 years ago

    Awesome work Linda!

  • thank you Istvan for your comment and support appreciated! :)

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Pam Amos
    Pam Amosalmost 3 years ago

    this is gorgeous Linda….love the shine off the leaves….you are a master…. :)

  • thank you so very much Pam! appreciated…:)

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Fiona  Lee
    Fiona Leealmost 3 years ago

    Wow Linda…this one looks even more like stained glass. The light seems to shine right through the paper!

  • thank you kindly Fiona…glad you like it :)

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • KazM
    KazMalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely Leaves
    Pretty Pastel Picture
    Lovely Lights &
    Delightful Design

  • thank you so very much Kaz! a lovely comment…:)

    – © Linda Callaghan

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