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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Leaf Art

I think that I shall never see 
A poem lovely as a tree. 
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest 
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast; 
A tree that looks at God all day, 
And lifts her leafy arms to pray; 
A tree that may in Summer wear 
A nest of robins in her hair; 
Upon whose bosom snow has lain; 
Who intimately lives with rain. 
Poems are made by fools like me, 
But only God can make a tree.
~ Joyce Kilmer

Trees... where wood we be without them?! My family has a deep connection with the tree; my father was a lumberjack, my brother is a carpenter and my husband has worked in the pulp and paper industry his entire career. Throughout the month of January I will be profiling various art forms and images which are associated, in one way or another, with the tree.

Instead of using paper, artist Lorenzo Durán uses leaves to make papercut art. If you think about how delicate a leaf is, you can imagine how challenging and intricately painstaking each piece must be to create.

Hope you enjoyed these :) I think they are stunning!

Fyi: Did you know that January 3rd is Fruitcake Toss Day?!!


  1. wow! Lorenzo Duran's work is incredible. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Wow, amazing! What beautiful, delicate art. I admire this man's talent, but also his patience.

    Fruitcake Toss Day? Har har har...

  3. Te liście są niesamowite, piękne. Jaka misterna praca, podziwiam. Ale bez drzew nie byłoby tych pięknych liści :-). Pozdrawiam serdecznie.

    These leaves are amazing, beautiful. What subtle work I admire. But without trees there would be those beautiful leaves :-). I cordially greet.

  4. Jane,
    I am so glad you shared this with us other wise I might have never seen this form of art. I would think that there aren't many who can do this.

  5. Those art leaves are fantastic! I'd write more but must go and toss my fruitcake now, LOL!

  6. Beautiful and intricate art work reminding me of the metal filigree we find here. Happy new year, the poem made my spirits rejoice.:)

  7. Wow! The leaves are incredible!
    On a different note, I can't believe I threw out my fruitcake early and now have nothing for FTD.

  8. Lovely poem, I love trees and having them around me makes me feel so much happier then without them. The leaf art is amazing! Very cool, thanks for sharing. Thank you for following my blog, I am now following yours.
    All the best in the New Year,

  9. I so enjoyed all these paintings and etchings - tree art! Love it. I used to facilitate a therapy group using a tree as the catalyst and I would draw a tree and list the elements as follows, 1-seeds,2 - roots, 3-trunk, 4-branches and 5- leaves and I would ask the group members to ally with two of the five and to share why at this point in their lives this was true for them,. It was always fascinating. :-)
    thanks for this amazing share
    Love Gail

  10. Dianne Stretch-StrangJanuary 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Such incredible art and talent!! I've never seen this kind of thing before!! I look forward to seeing more wood based art through the month. I especially love the Native art of birch bark biting.

  11. I love trees! Have you ever been to Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in North Carolina? (That poem is written by Joyce Kilmer). It has the most fantastic OLD trees! This art on these leaves are amazing.
    Hope you have a wonderful year!

  12. Nothing short of amazing! Can't imagine having this kind of talent...thanks for sharing, and for loving trees too:)

  13. olddog, Yes, amazing isn't it! Thanks for stopping by and following back :)

    Martha, You're right, patience would be key.

    Hi Giga, We certainly owe a debt of gratitude to the tree - what would our lives be without them :)

    outjunking, I agree and admire his originality.

    Debra, You have till sundown to either eat it (but why would you do that!) or toss it, lol!

    Rek, How interesting, I really like that mental image :) Blessings in the New Year!

    Tracy, Lol, either way good job - I wonder if we're allowed to keep it for a door stop?

    Rachel, I love trees too and find myself taking pictures of them everywhere I go. Thanks for becoming a new follower and blessings in 2012 :)

    Gail, That sounds like a very interesting exercise and I expect the results were quite illuminating.

    Dianne, Birch bark biting designs are lovely and surprisingly finely detailed - thanks for reminding me, I'll have to include them.

    Kay, Thanks for pointing out the poem is by Joyce Kilmer - I had meant to credit him and completely overlooked doing so. I looked up the Memorial Forest and there are indeed some old and gigantic trees - I'd love to visit!

    Vicki, I hear you - talent, vision... and perseverance!

  14. Trees, the lungs of the earth, vital for the health of our planet.
    I truly am awed by trees.

    I'm at the present reading an historical novel by Edward Rutherfurd called "The Forest". Its a very interesting novel about the King's Forest in England and covers life starting from the 12th century.

    There are some giant oak trees that leaf out just before Christmas every year. In one chapter there is an interesting section all about the giant oak trees that are very ancient and the life system they support.

    These lacy leaves are exquisite, such talent to do this. Lovely!

  15. I have never seen this kind of artwork. Really amazing to look at and it must be so difficult to do. I love it!

  16. WOW~ Words fail me,truly.
    I love trees(and leaves!) the forestry industry has served my family well, as well. My dad was a logger, then a tail sawyer. My dad in law was a logger and my husband has worked in pulp and paper and now resin and veneer/OSB.

  17. Lorene, That sounds like a very interesting book :) I saw a great quote the other day "Trees are your best antiques." I like the line about them being the lungs of the earth.

    Sulky Kitten, I was very impressed by it myself when I stumbled across it, gotta love Stumbleupon! Thanks for stopping by and following back - I'm really looking forward to following the adventures and musings of Sulky Kitten :)

    Lael, How very interesting - we share a very similar background - we're like that giant aspen grove in Utah that covers over 100 acres - all the trees, it turns out, share the same root system!

    Life 101, They sure are :)

  18. Thanks for sharing those delicate leaf art with us, Jane. Amazing art that I have never seen before.
    I'm adding your blog to my blog list, so I can catch up with your newest post and to share with others to see your amazing posts!

  19. Hi Elisabeth, It's lovely, isn't it! I bet it's not the easiest medium to work with either.

    Thanks so much - I'm honored :)

  20. These are so beautiful, I keep having to scroll back for another look. I have never seen anything like this before, thank you for sharing.

  21. Those leaves are beautiful.
    The poem and tree wonderful and I can imagine a bride and groom walking hand in hand in that photo, looks magical.

  22. Tracey, Moving forward, I don't think I'll look at the leaves in fall in quite the same way :)

    whiteangel, Thanks, I took that pic just this past fall, and now that you mention it, I agree.

  23. It is fascinating. I would just end up smashing my leaves into little tiny pieces for a small taste of satisfaction lol. Must take an immense amount of patience.

  24. WebDebris, Welcome back, I trust you had a great Christmas break :) I agree; it must take a great deal of patience and I'd probably end up smashing my leaves in frustration!

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  28. What intricate and amazing detail. Thanks for the follow. Your blog is lovely. You live in a beautiful part of the world. :-)

  29. Hi Melanie, Thank you :) Thanks for stopping by and becoming a new follower - I love your blog and look forward to learning more about your life in Australia - and January's photo a day challenge.

  30. Wow, I honestly can't imagine how you'd do such work without destroying the leaf... perhaps he carves fresh leaves, then lets them dry? Even so. How beautiful.

  31. Hi Tatiana, That's one possible theory, but as you say, either way they are beautiful :)


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