A new abstract of a leaf: Dragon

I’ve been working on my art each day for the past couple weeks, working my way through a collection of leaves, seeds, and acorns from last fall, trying to find one that captured my imagination. While most days yielded little progress, I kept at it, and yesterday, I stumbled on something out of the blue.

Dragon (an abstract of a fallen leaf) by Daniel Sroka
Dragon (an abstract of a fallen leaf) by Daniel Sroka

This green and yellow maple leaf caught my eye, specifically the way one side of the leaf had curled under itself. When I explored this area through the camera, I noticed how this curl of this edge contrasted with the soft ripple of the rest of the leaf. This caused a slight tension, and a sense of motion.


i like these. And for once I’m not sitting here thinking ‘oh that looks like this and this looks like that’. Maybe that is why I also like these so much…they just are! It’s like you found another way to show them.

I am taken by both the tonalities and the lines of this image, but also as Roberta has pointed out, the texture. I keep fighting the urge to rotate it 90 degrees counter clockwise, but I think that would be wrong(?).

Thanks everyone. I still have more work to go on this. I’m not happy with the dark cresent shape in the middle – I need to bring some more tonality in to this. And the texture for this photo has been an interesting exploration. I don’t like to add texture to everything, but some photos like this one really ask for it. This current texture is a combination of a scan of a cardboard shipping box and some clouds. Fun, but I have a lot of other ideas to play with.