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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Decorating nature. The first 200 (in order!!)


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The "Decorating Nature" series. My little "interventions with nature". I did the very first one of them while on vacation in India 13 years ago; I couldn't find any watercolor paper so I painted on leaves.  Most all of them are watercolor on leaf or bark or stone or what have you. In a few of them, I used acrylic paint. Enjoy the scrolling!

fig. 201: a textbook example of seasonal Catalpa pox

fig. 200: leaf of the zelkova chameleon tree

fig. 199: caeruleum blight on black walnut tree leaf.

fig. 198: the Dartboard Tree is identifiable by its colorful leaf

fig. 197: some pollinator plants continue their garish displays
even after they've stopped blooming

fig. 196: leaf of the Roygbiv tree in autumn.

fig. 195: leaf litter surrounding leaf graffiti in a rough part of the woods.

fig. 194: strange leaf blown in on Hurricane Ida

fig. 193: purple dahlia with creeping blue "taffy rot".

fig. 192: leaf inundated with colorful "tonsil fungus"

fig. 191: linden leaf covered with colorful "tinkerbell" mildew

fig. 190: a lucky "dot rock" exposed by early spring thaw.

fig. 189: in late winter, some oak leaves begin generating an inordinate amount of heat.

fig. 188: bark of the invasive zebra birch, introduced to the New World in 1789.


fig. 187: an "Autumn Wing" gourd reacts to winter's chill.

fig. 186: Sycamore Anthracnose is an alluring but dangerous fungus.

fig. 185: The BFD of redbud leaves. In situ, on the verandah.

fig. 184: after the hurricane, exotic oak apples fell to earth.

fig. 183: tulip tree leaf with advanced blue-tosis.

fig. 182: Oak leaves often try to horn in on spring's colorful display.

fig. 181: leaf of the cry me a river birch.

fig. 180: While it looks beautiful, Milkweed's cold weather pink hue
 is actually a sign of cellular damage.

fig. 179: Chinese lanterns with Christmasitis infestation.

fig. 178: Rose of Sharon at Christmas time.

fig. 177: unidentified leaf overcome by colorful fungus.

fig. 176: some leaves just can't wait for autumn.

fig. 175: the female Japanese Zelcova leaf is never outdone by the male.

fig. 174: spring brings the strangest things.

fig. 173: leaf spot is a common affliction of mountain laurel.

fig. 172: leaf of the Round Eye tree.

fig. 171: you never know what's on the other side of any given leaf.

fig. 170: clovers of a feather flock together.

fig. 169: vernal leaf litter and a linden pod with Spot's syndrome.

fig. 168: evening sun lights up a leaf of the marching spectrum tree.

fig. 167: a warm winter day reveals a ravaged liriodendron leaf.

fig. 166: a Magnolia x soulangeana leaf lets its soul shine at twilight.

fig. 165: the colorful s. niccolls fungus is quite formidable.

fig. 164: tell tale marks of the so-called "privilege fungus" mar an otherwise fine specimen.

fig. 163: leaves of the "brighter horizons" tree stand out amidst autumnal decay

fig. 162: weakening Catalpa leaves are susceptible to adamantem fungus

fig. 161: a bipolar Virginia Creeper. Fun but dangerous.

fig. 160: a colorful attempt to hide the ravages of age.

fig. 159: late summer leaf decay

fig. 158: a parasitic jaune leaf attached to a walnut stem

fig. 157: spring hopes sometimes fall to winter's late ravages

fig. 156: winter's ravages rot to black some but not all hydrangea petals

fig. 155: seed pods of the Peacock Maple in early spring.

fig. 154: wind blown kismet/leaf with K. Haringitis

fig. 153: maple leaf with winter-onset B. Riley-itis.

fig. 152: beneath the blanket of fresh snow, two heart leaves commingle.

fig. 151: frequently, the most beautiful hearts are also the most complicated.

fig. 150: as temperatures plunge, the reds gather together for warmth and support.

fig. 149: peak foliage

fig. 148: web rot overtakes a large oak leaf.

fig. 147: catalpa almost inundated by indigo fungus.

fig. 146: autumnal color chaos.

fig. 145: sassafras leaves are especially susceptible to teal.

fig. 144: a tuft from the neighbor's hydrangea floated over in that last storm.

fig. 143: example of yin/yang in nature are quite common but very hard to find.

fig. 142: some leaves lose themselves in others.

fig. 141: togetherness

fig. 140: a weed is just a plant in the wrong place, as seen here.

fig. 139: Nature adores symmetry.

fig. 138: beauty follows fast after some Spring showers.

fig. 137: The Lilly Pulitzer dandelion only shows up in certain neighborhoods.

fig. 136: "dandelion" come from the French "dent de lion" meaning "tooth of the lion." Just after Easter each year, blood spontaneously appears on this invasive weed.

fig. 135: each spring, the lowly, lovely daffodil overshadows the previous autumn's colorful detritus.

(A special section devoted to the 'suite' prints, which have been requested by many collectors.)

fig. 134a: (clockwise from top left) winter, spring, fall, and summer

fig. 134b: Cape Cod's Ridgevale beach is home to many colorful specimens.

fig. 134c: a few of the many faces of the Tulip tree leaf.

fig. 134d: pixellation is found throughout nature.

fig. 134e: stripetococcus infestation can strike the leaves of any tree.

fig. 133: the first frost affects different leaves differently.

fig. 132: as the days grow shorter and the nights longer,
cones from the Tulip tree huddle together for warmth and protection.

fig. 131: often, a plain surface belies a festive underbelly.

fig. 130: the so-called "magic" mushrooms are usually easy to spot.

fig. 129: the red rectangle fungus sucks all the moisture out of its unfortunate host.

fig. 128: shorter days and cooler nights can act almost like poison to some leaves, coursing through their veins and hastening their inevitable demise.

fig. 127: late summer/early fall.

fig. 126: the eastern cottonwood is much more 
"Pennsylvania Dutch" than its western cousin.

fig. 125: certain leaves fight against aging, others embrace it wholly.

fig. 124: the Japanese Zelkova is susceptible to a blight of geometric precision.

fig. 123: in east facing gardens, clover leaves will become more ornamental.

fig. 122: certain mushrooms are only found under the leaves of the Cobalt Tree.

fig. 121: down near the playground, a yellow poplar, or 'tuliptree' drops its magnificent fruit.

fig. 120: the vernal equinox has some amazing effects on the plant kingdom.

fig. 119: As the snow melts in spring, forgotten gems appear.

fig. 118: Frequently, the last leaf to fall is the most colorful.

fig. 117: A sea of red fungus spreads over this green leaf.

fig. 116: Some fungi live in harmony with their host, in this case, a large, leathery maple leaf.

fig. 115: Unknown leaf preparing for the gray months ahead.

fig. 114: Unidentified leaf preparing for the gray months ahead.

fig. 113: Some yellow poplar leaves develop faux thorns to repel predators.

fig. 112: Rare leaf on leaf interaction caught on camera.

fig. 111: Black walnut leaves from Woodstock let their "freak flags fly."

fig. 110: Black walnuts hide their poison behind bright decorations.

fig. 109: A branch of the rainbow tree in early spring.

fig. 108: One can never truly know what's on the inside of another walnut.

fig. 107: After the holidays are over, poinsettias find fresh ways to stay festive.

fig. 106: Some leaves revel in their imperfections, filling in cracks with gold.

fig. 105: Leaves of the Anglerfish tree resemble the teeth of the eponymous fish.

fig. 104: Black walnut leaves are more colorful than those of their cousin, the English walnut.

fig. 103: occasionally, leaves fall all the way from the sky.

fig. 102: in parts of Cape Cod, polka dots are de rigeur.

fig. 101: skate egg case with O'Connor's zebratitis.

fig. 100: brassica mel mellis produces a sweet nectar on the edges of its leaves.

fig. 99: a fresh bloom of the "exploding rainbow" flower.

fig. 98: faux pixels on the leaf of a river birch.


fig. 97: a leaf begins the process of blending into its background.

fig. 96: dead limbs never blink.

fig. 95: some oak leaves self-censor.

fig. 94: a Spanish influence can be seen in some leaves' autumnal markings.

fig. 93: leaves of the japanese maple have been used as hypnosis aides for millenia.

fig. 92: certain mosses secrete a pheromone that reacts beautifully with maple leaves

fig. 91: certain mosses secrete a pheromone that reacts beautifully with maple leaves

fig. 90: it's said that if you arrange the leaves of the bluepoint tree in a circle, you will attract true love. 

fig. 89: lower branch of the rouge tree

 fig. 88: snake leaves are one of nature's many ways of predicting a long, hard winter.

fig. 87: leaf of the bullseye maple

fig. 86: an evergreen's pine cone with fall foliage envy

fig. 85: flowers of the rose of sharon tree are natural show-offs.

fig. 84: stripes syndrome as seen on dead Mountain Laurel leaves

fig. 83: Queen Anne's lace with daisy envy.

fig. 82: dying leaves of house plants still retain a strong memory of their past glory

fig. 81: spectrumcirculitis on a London plane tree outside Paris' Faculté de Médecin.

fig. 80: one of the more tastefully turned out trees of Paris' boulevard Saint-Germain

fig. 79: occasionally, a tree will wear its grain on the outside.

fig. 78: some sections of bark succumb to garishitis, not too common on Paris' plane trees.

fig. 77: some trees highlight their fertility right on their trunks.

fig. 76: écailles des poisson syndrome on platanus x acerifolia

fig. 75: white stripes visit Paris.

fig. 74: A Paris plane tree sports the latest fashion.

fig. 73: a maple key with cartoonitus.

fig. 72: white-dot fungi fill every surface of a tree stump.

fig. 71: the tequila sunrise tree drops very happy leaves.

fig. 70: a locust seed pod adopts a snake pattern, probably to discourage attack by seed eating birds.

fig. 69: old-timers claim that counting the rings on peach leaves in fall predicts how many peaches you'll get next season.


fig. 68: some stones "blue up" when the water gets cold.

fig. 67: the winged burning bush marks its leaves for exfoliation.

fig. 66: Ponce de Leon leaves try to look young even when they're clearly not.

fig. 65: peak foliage is not always found on the trees.

fig. 64: blue bursts portend a long winter.

fig. 63: the rare "Sunset scallop" is purported to cure narcolepsy if put under the pillow of the afflicted.

fig. 62: scientists are baffled as to why blue spots appear on beach stones and shells.

fig. 61: On Fire Island, the Pines drop some very colorful cones.

fig. 60: on some beaches, symbiosis does not always go hand in hand with mutualism.

fig. 59: horizontal stripes are very slimming.

fig. 58: yellow remembers orange.

fig. 57: gingko leaves are individually beautiful but collectively stunning.

fig. 56: not normally associated with seasonal transformations, some stream-side stones actually will begin to pixellate in late autumn/early winter.

fig. 55: certain leaves pay tribute to fallen friends with tattoos.
(individual leaves from this small series can be seen by clicking here.)

fig. 54: some evergreens are not.

fig. 53: spiralchetes infest a redbud leaf.

fig. 52: it's not unusual for leaves to overcompensate for their inherent blandness.

fig. 51: rare and valuable seed pods of the money plant, lunaria annua.

fig. 50: genetically modified brown-eyed susan.

fig. 49: nature is filled with opposing forces.

fig. 48: decomposition usually follows a predictable pattern, as seen in this river pine.

fig. 47: careful viewers can almost watch the green turn to black.

fig. 46: ripples of pool water can permanently scar a leaf, even after it's been fished out.

fig. 45: squirrels are easily mesmerized by the leaf of the rain drop tree.

fig. 44: some leaves zig where others zag.

fig. 43: an older autograph tree leaf with its dignity intact.

fig. 42: in late- to mid-winter, some leaves can be found in Florida sporting unnaturally bright colors.

fig. 41: the male of the autograph tree forms garish yellow patterns on its leaves in an attempt to attract a mate.

fig. 40: an old wives' tale says that 6 painted hearts will keep the frost away.

fig. 39: some leaves think they're better than all the others.

fig. 38: in autumn, some leaves will use color bars to help get everything perfect.

fig. 37: many nuts are not patriotic at all.

fig. 36: some leaves make a statement right up to the very end.

fig. 35: where scientists see "plus signs" others find a divine symbol

fig. 34: bright colors and patterns can deflect attention from the aging process.

fig. 33: the rare chameleobirch leaf can be harder to find than a 4-leaf clover.


fig. 32: a colony of orange-backed flatbugs attempts to hide against a hosta leaf.

fig. 31: by late summer, some leaves have distinguished themselves, others not so much.

fig. 30: in some gardens, the most magnificent fronds often sit right next door to squalor.

fig. 29: often, nature's designs even outshine man's

fig. 28: Out toward Provincetown, the clams are a little more showy.

fig. 27: On the north side of Cape Cod, clam markings bring to mind Robert Smithson.

fig. 26: Butter clams along Cape Cod develop special markings in order to stand out.

fig. 25: a 17 year old river rock.


fig. 24: the lodgepole pine, pinus contorta, is especially vulnerable to attack by leopard print disease, spread by contact with wild cougars.

fig. 23: last season's colors can still be found on many rural leaves.

fig. 22: some leaves will do anything to blend in.

fig. 21: the different colored needles of the eastern hemlock rarely intermingle.

fig. 20: local children must climb high into the plaid tree to harvest its young leaves, traditionally worn at vernal equinox celebrations.

fig. 19: colored sticks huddle together for warmth.

fig. 18: like the aurora borealis, orange pine needle stripes only appear under very specific conditions.

fig. 17: on cold days, xylem and phloem turn blue

fig. 16: the more ostentatious river rocks generally stick together.

fig. 15: mountain laurel with peacock syndrome.

fig. 14: hairy rocks hide behind a twig.

fig. 13: fantail fungus spreads over the face of a streamside stone.

fig. 12: late stage orangification of the cholla cactus

fig. 11: pinecone showing early signs of blueitis.

fig. 10: solitary leaf of the chevron tree

fig. 9: fresh egg deposits of the shinyblue streamfly

fig. 8: metamorphic rock undergoing underwater metamophosis

fig. 7: unknown spores attack unidentified leaf.

fig. 6: leaf of the rare Christmas maple

fig. 5: rhododendron showing signs of pixelanimus infestation

fig. 4: eastern redbud leaves can camouflage themselves for self-defense

fig. 3: stripeticoccus bacteria on maple leaf

fig. 2: inner bark of the immature clown tree

fig 1: leaf of the clown tree

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Prices are the same for each material:
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18" x 12" $400
24" x 16" $600
30" x 20" $800
36" x 24" $1000
60" x 40" $2000

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The Definition : Giclee (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclée" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt". The Term : The term "giclee print" connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction. The Process : Giclee prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. Among the manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson, MacDermid Colorspan, & Hewlett-Packard. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets. Giclee prints are sometimes mistakenly referred to as Iris prints, which are 4-Color ink-jet prints from a printer pioneered in the late 1970s by Iris Graphics.The Advantages : Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated. Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client. The Quality : The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries. The Market : Numerous examples of giclee prints can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea Galleries. Recent auctions of giclee prints have fetched $10,800 for Annie Leibovitz, $9,600 for Chuck Close, and $22,800 for Wolfgang Tillmans (April 23/24 2004, Photographs, New York, Phillips de Pury & Company.) ©1997-2010 Giclée Print Net