Leaf Stack Turns 30

Wow, it’s been quite a while since I posted any of my own art here. It’s time to get you caught up on my Leaf Stack series.

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The last piece I posted in the series was #23. I have just completed #30. You might remember that Leaf Stack #23 was Calder inspired with the use of primary colors: red, yellow and blue.

Leaf Stack #24 is quite a bit different. It is the first one in the series with a completely symmetrical format, both horizontally and vertically. It also has warm colors.

Leaf Stack #24
59-1/2″ x 34-3/4″
©2017 Lisa Flowers Ross

For Leaf Stack #25, I went back to greens. Also, I incorporated the straight line and grid sections similar to Leaf Stack #22. There is something a little different with the stitching. In the small center section, the lines are not evenly spaced.

Leaf Stack #25
35-1/2″ x 32″
©2017 Lisa Flowers Ross


I actually started working on Leaf Stack #26 before a few of these others. But since I am also using it as the design for a traffic box wrap, I had to wait for that whole process to play out before I could actually finish it. So, it seems a little out of place.

I went back to using the lines as I have done in #11, #15, #17, #18 and #23. However, the lines really become the focus here more than the shapes, just like they did in Leaf Stack #17. The colors remain in the blue and green range.


Leaf Stack #26
24″ x 44″
©2017 Lisa Flowers Ross

The blues and greens continue in Leaf Stack #27, as well as the straight line sections. The stitching is the same color over the entire piece, which is something new in the series (not counting clear thread).

Leaf Stack #27
35″ x 25-3/4″
©2017 Lisa Flowers Ross


Working on Leaf Stack #28 was an exercise in using colors I don’t normally use. It again has the straight line and grid sections.

Leaf Stack #28
37″ x 37-1/4″
©2017 Lisa Flowers Ross

I jumped around again for Leaf Stack #29 and went back to the lines bordering the shapes. The straight line sections are also still there. The colors are warm, but with some neutrals, as well. I also had the idea to add hand stitching to this one.  There is hand stitching over the entire piece. It creates a different type of texture than machine stitching.

Leaf Stack #29
23″ x 22-3/4″
©2017 Lisa Flowers Ross

Last, but not least, I just finished Leaf Stack #30. This one continues the use of neutral colors, as well as the straight line gridded sections. However, I tried something new in this one by breaking up a couple of the “solid color” sections. The outlines are not around all the shapes and the width of the lines vary. In addition, I have different colors for the lines, similar to #17 and #26. As with #27, I used the same color thread over the entire piece for the stitching.

Leaf Stack #30
34″ x 40-1/2″
©2017 Lisa Flowers Ross


There you have it! I will continue work on this Leaf Stack series, but I think I will take a break for a little bit to work on something else.





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