This past spring I worked on several floral watercolors, which I painted on Strathmore cards. So when I saw the Strathmore card contest I was ready to enter. Except for on thing, the contest is for cards with a fall or winter subject. Fall and winter are still a long way off, but I took a look at some of the fall leaves I painted while in Marilynn Brandenburger and Carol Parks' Illustrated Tree Journal class I took at the John C. Campbell Folk School several years ago.
I had sketched several journal pages of colorful fall leaves during that class and they were a perfect reference for this project. I decided on re-working the cluster of White Oak leaves and the Scarlet Oak leaf. The new card versions of the leaves would not have ink outlines, and the watercolor pigments would be the ones I use when painting in my studio, not from my field kit. I also made some adjustments to better fit the dimensions of the cards.