The Accidental Artwork – Art Experiments


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Photo: Gums Leaves in Little Ruby plant dye on watercolour paper. 2015. JK.Leahy©

I love the accidental artwork. That’s why I enjoy art experiments.

I set out to do another art experiment in my garden this morning. It was a beautiful day for it. I ended up accidentally shooting the leaves intended for my experiment in another artwork, totally unplanned. The accident in the experiment looked too interesting to not photograph.

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Photo: Acacia leaves (and one gum leaf) in tea on watercolour paper. 2015. JK.Leahy©
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Photo: Acacia leaves in tea on watercolour paper. 2015. JK.Leahy©

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After laying out the materials, I applied water and dyes. Then, I pinned everything down with glass. I noticed reflections and water bubbles sneaking into my work. They had their own colour and shadows. That was when my artwork plan changed. It was the experiment that came out of another experiment, the kind  of ‘accident’,  we artists love. Something you did not expect, never meant to or planned to create but it becomes yours. A gift from the universe.

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Photo: Gums leaves in Little Ruby dye on watercolour paper. 2015. JK.Leahy©
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Photo: Gums Leaves in Coffee and Tea on watercolour paper. 2015. JK.Leahy©

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The images were shot with a Nikon D5200 using both macro and 18-55mm lenses. We shall re-visit the work, after all the water dries up in a few days. Thank you for reading about my experiments, please let me know what you think of my accidental artwork in the images.

9 thoughts on “The Accidental Artwork – Art Experiments”

  1. That is why my most favorite word in the world is ‘Serendipity’. Nothing like it when it happens, except I feel a little guilty if I claim it to have been my design, which of course I shouldn’t feel that way. I just wonder what guided me to the result sometimes…
    Love your result!
    Rae

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