Just Leaves

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Watercolor and colored pencil ~ leaves painted with mixed greens (using shades of blue and yellow with a tiny bit of red, too). The jagged edge one is from some kind of vine that grows here in Central Florida. The smooth-edged one is from a Gardenia bush.



A Good Tropical Pattern With a Black Background

A Good Tropical Pattern With a Black Background is Hard to Find | Cynthia Maniglia
A Good Tropical Pattern With a Black Background is Hard to Find | Cynthia Maniglia | Sand Salt Moon

I can totally see this as a fabric for transitional clothing – you know the pants, tops, skirts and dresses you buy in late July, early August, and plan to wear through September and early October. In the summer you wear it with your wicker handbag and strappy sandals or flip flops. In Indian Summer, early fall, you’d layer it with a lightweight black sweater or knit topper and a pair it up with a pair of black ballet flats. I call this “A Good Tropical Print With a Black Background is Hard to Find.” Marker and pencil on sketchbook paper. Inspired by my walk yesterday …

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Variegated Ginger Plant

Ginger plant - watercolor and gesso by Cynthia ManigliaImpromptu variegated ginger plant painting tonight – unwinding from a long week and looking forward to a day off my favorite way … with art! I There are lots of ways to execute this plant’s uniquely marked leaves with paint and color, shape and forms. I’d like to return to this subject again. For now, here’s my stab at it.

Painting the ginger plant

Ginger plant - Florida

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.

Detail of Banana Leaves study

feeling ferny

I was looking at a lot of ferns today. Tomorrow, we’re going to visit the Manatee Art Center, and I can’t wait.

CYNTHIA MANIGLIA – “FERNS” – watercolor, Sharpie fine point black ink, and markers on 140 lb. sketchbook paper

Soft Autumnal Colors

Have you ever seen vintage textile pattern templates? They have a faded, beige-y look to them. Here, I tried to create a vintage look in soft autumnal colors using watercolor, along with copper and gold metallic markers. Hope you enjoy looking at this! Thanks for checking it out …

Vintage Textile Pattern - Cynthia Maniglia
Vintage Textile Pattern – Cynthia Maniglia