Banana Leaves – a Study

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Banana Leaves study – pastel and gesso on gessoed sketchbook paper by Cynthia Maniglia

Banana leaves have caught my eye lately, as you can see. And there are plenty of them to study here in Florida. All I have to do is walk outside in the back, and peer over at my neighbor’s yard. Here, I used pastels on gessoed sketchbook paper to create the leaves. After drawing and blending the pastels with my fingers and a wet paintbrush, I painted some white gesso on top to create more definition between the leaves. I’d like to play around with these leaves and this technique some more and see what I can do with them.

One of the interesting things about this study is that I was able to use water to manipulate the pastels on the gessoed paper as if it were watercolor paint. Using this mixed media technique resulted in a good bit of texture, including a slight impasto effect, and I plan to use this method again. It was totally unplanned and experimental.

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Detail of Banana Leaves study

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