Paintings

Care & Maintenance

Leaf Paintings by Andrea Atwood

Leaf_Painting_-_Ursus_MajorThe oil paintings on leaves pictured in this section are painted on real leaves, most of which come from trees found locally in Montana. The leaves are gathered, pressed, dried and sealed the same way a fine canvas is pre-treated. The portrait is then painted on the crispy, thin dried leaves and varnished.

They are exceptionally difficult to paint because the surface is uneven due to veins, wrinkles and cracks. The painting has to be done without any pencil sketch or erasing because the leaves are too delicate. The brittle surface can only be lightly stroked with soft bristle brushes and is never touched by hands. Once framed, their beauty lasts indefinitely.

Animal portraits are available upon request, or order a framed portrait of your pet or favorite animal painted on a real pressed leaf.

Leaf paintings are difficult to photograph without glare and look better in person. Close up photos are available upon request. Leaves will vary in size, color, shape and can have some natural imperfections. Frames and mats may vary in size, color, shape due to availability. Paintings are all originals and therefore will vary slightly from the samples.

Maintenance:

The leaf painting is best preserved by keeping it hung indoors, out of direct light, with a sturdy nail or hook on a smooth surface. Paintings each have a professional wire mounting system on the back, and an explanation of how the piece was created and a business card for your information and convenience.

The glass and frame should be regularly cleaned with a damp cloth. Do not spray the glass or frame with any types of spray cleaners as this will run down inside the frame and ruin the painting or background.

Should the frame or glass break, often the leaf will break as well, so care must taken to keep the frame in tact. If the leaf breaks, often they can be repaired, if they are not in too many small pieces. Please contact me, if you should require repair services.


Traditional Paintings by Andrea Atwood

All paintings are best preserved by keeping them hung indoors, out of direct sunlight and away from halogen lights, to keep them from fading. Oil paintings take up to a year to completely dry, despite feeling dry to touch. Paintings require oxygen to dry completely. Enclosing the painting with no ventilation, or placing it right up against a sheet of glass when framing, will greatly slow your drying time. If there is glass with a frame, it should have at least ½ inch of air between the glass and the painting. Glass might slow your drying time but it will at least dry and protect it from being scratched. Protect your painting from being scratched, rubbed against, or from rubbing off color (such as touching or using a regular cloth). Dust any painting with a soft cloth, feather duster or lightly forced air so as not to smear paint. Even a year old dry painting can still be scratched, so use caution. If the painting has glass in the frame, it should be cleaned regularly with a damp cloth. Do not spray the glass or frame with any types of spray cleaners as this will run down inside the frame and ruin the painting.

During the first year of drying, the painting should not be kept in the dark all the time either. Putting an oil painting in a dark room during the first year of drying will caused some pigments to yellow. The closer the painting is to a year old, the less dark sensitive it will be, and after a year, it is no longer dark sensitive and no longer a problem. Never use any varnish or any liquids of any kind (at least) until it is a year old. During the first year, leave the painting alone. Do not put any liquids on the painting. Liquids of any kind, especially solvents can react, even ruin your oil painting, even when completely dried. Some chemicals will still react with a dry oil painting or soften the oils and ruin your painting.

The painting should be hung with a sturdy nail or hook on a smooth surface. My paintings each have a professional wire mounting system on the back, along with a business card for your information and convenience. Should the frame or glass break, the can often be repaired. Please contact me, if you should require repair services. Finally, keep in mind that with proper care, an oil painting and watercolor under glass will virtually last forever. Photos typically will not, even acid free photo paper will eventually age, oxidize and become brittle over time. With care, oil paintings can remain pristine for centuries and hopefully become family treasures to be passed onto your descendants. An oil portrait lasts forever!

Portrait Leaves

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Leaf Paintings

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“Mountain Goat”

Oil on a Large Leaf Linden
12" x 14" (Approximately)
Orders Welcome

$150.00 plus frame
(shipping and handling not included)

This is a sample portrait of a Mountain Goat with Glacier Park in the background, painted in oil on a leaf from a Large Leaf Linden Tree. The leaves used for this kind of portrait are an extraordinary 7" wide. The leaf is completed with the frame, background and mat of your choice.

Price: $150.00

“Rhinoceros”

14"x 16" (Approximately)
Oil on a Rubber Tree Leaf
Orders Welcome

$150.00 plus frame
(shipping and handling not included)

This is a sample portrait of a Rhinoceros painted in oil on a leaf from a Rubber Tree Plant. The leaves used for this kind of portrait are an extraordinary 7" tall. The leaf is completed with the frame, background and mat of your choice.

Price: $150.00

“Wolf”

10"x12" (Approximately)
Oil on a Linden Leaf
Orders Welcome

$150.00 plus frame
(shipping and handling not included)

This is a sample portrait of a Wolf painted in oil on a leaf from a Linden Tree. The leaves used for this kind of portrait are about 6" tall. The leaf is completed with the frame and mat of your choice.

 

Price: $150.00

Multi Leaf Paintings

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Traditional Paintings

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