Sweet Gum Palette

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sweet gum leaves in fall art painting watercolor

Sweet Gum Palette

Original watercolor painting of fall sweet gum leaves by Rose Ganucheau

If you've ever had a gum tree in your yard, you know what a pain (metaphorically and literally) the gum balls are.  Naturalists tell us that gum trees are fantastic for wildlife, and, to me, they have the most amazing fall foliage.  The leaves turn just about every color in my paint box, including a purple so dark it looks black.  I always end up with a fist-full of them on fall walks in my neighborhood.  I marvel at the way the colors blend, like watercolors on the page.  I get "Pigment Envy".

21 x 14,

Private collection.