Beatrice Jouty’s Painted leaves

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Arts and crafts in « Les Cevennes »

Using leaves as a canvas for painting comes from Antiquity : we can find some in India, in arabic and african countries. Even though this tradition is not very spread, it continues in occident nowadays.

I pick leaves from several trees in the Cevennes area because of their texture and their ability to receive specific treatments : chestnut tree, maple, lilac, ginkgos,...

After several years of drying, I make another selection and treat the leaves in order to give them robustness and longevity.

Then, I choose the right leaves in accordance with my project. At this point, with fine and light brushstrokes, I bring together fleeting nature and several aspects of life turning a vegetal support into a painting wich is impregnated of an antique sap witch haven’t totally disappeared.

Beatrice.

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