Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Recent work: "Calligraphically Speaking"

Japanese characters from an old book that have been folded, spindled, and mutilated to become something else altogether.

I made a series of three different images, and then, just because I could, made a diptych (two in the same frame) and a triptych (three in the same frame).

Do the characters have meaning? I could say something zen, like yes, they mean "clouds crossing sky," or "breathe deeply," but no, I just made scribbles. You, however, could make up something yourself...

To see these in high resolution, here's the link:

©Images copyright 2019 Carol Leigh

Friday, November 8, 2019

Well, this is a first . . .

I received an e-mail from a woman in Colorado who wanted to use this image (called "Fire on the Water") on a pair of skis! No one's asked for that before, and I thought it was a great idea.

She said she'd send a picture when they're done, and I can't wait to see how they look. I think they're going to look fierce!

Image ©2019 Carol Leigh

Friday, November 1, 2019

What every artist wants to hear ...

This picture, that I call "Inherent 2," has sold numerous times over the years. I'm so proud of it because it is totally unique to me. Someone else would have a tough time figuring it out and replicating it.

That's irrelevant right now, however, because of what a recent buyer wrote to me. She said:

Good afternoon!  

I just received this gorgeous piece of modern, Southwest art you created (Fine Art America did a good job of reproducing your work) and I am so grateful to have you in my home. The colors and design take my breath away every time I look at it. 

I rarely write emails of this kind, but wanted you to know how much I appreciate your talent and execution. You fit beautifully in my natural, modern living room and I will look for your work often in the future.  Thank you again for offering your work to the public.  You make me very happy.

I was stunned. Isn't this what every artist wants to hear? I'm happy my work makes her happy and am happy that she wrote me to say how happy she was!

Here's a link to the picture on Fine Art America if you'd like to see the details up close:

Image copyright ©2019 Carol Leigh

Wednesday, October 30, 2019


If the format and subject matter lend themselves to it, I'll sometimes make a triptych, a combination of three pictures all contained in one frame. The result is a larger piece -- with more presence -- that works well on a large wall.

And that's what I created here for these three photomontages of boro paper from a kimono packet, protective paper packaging designed to keep the kimono, carefully folded inside, dust-free.

To see what these look like larger and in full resolution, here are links to them both:



Images copyright ©2019 Carol Leigh

Friday, October 25, 2019

Recent work: "Exaggerated Eucalyptus Leaves"

The eucalyptus theme continues with this piece, where I purposely made the leaves outrageously vivid, yet kept the texture and shadowing intact. Too much fun.

Here's a link to the image at Fine Art America/Pixels if you'd like to see the image in full resolution:


Images copyright ©2019 Carol Leigh

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Recent work: "Three Eucalyptus Leaves"

Eucalyptus leaves have gotten my attention lately and appear now in a lot of my art.

What is it about them that's appealing? Well, I like their subtle colors, how each leaf is different, and their elegant shapes and curves.

In this piece (shown both as a square and full-frame) I've exaggerated the leaves and have added a handpainted paper I made.

And yes, I realize the irony of saying I like the subtle colors of the leaves, yet punched them up to make them VERY colorful!

Always nice to have options.

P.S. To see this work at full resolution, here's a link to it at Fine Art America: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/1-three-eucalyptus-leaves-carol-leigh.html

Images copyright ©Carol Leigh

Friday, October 18, 2019

Latest work: "Kimono Package Montage 08"

LATEST WORK - “Kimono Package Montage 8”

One of the latest in my series revolving around an antique kimono “packet,” which I’ve described as:

I have an 1828 wrapper for a kimono that is gloriously soft and weathered and yet sturdy. I have photographed various bits and pieces of the wrapper and then have combined those bits and pieces to create a variety of photomontages, montages that are slightly different, yet honor the spirit of the object. 

It’s made of old, used “boro paper,” multiple layers pasted together so that it’s thick and very soft. I’m reveling in what this kimono wrapping paper is offering, and I hope you enjoy seeing my interpretations of it.

Every month or so I get this packet out to see what other images I can create using it, seeing it with “new eyes.” 

The top photo shows the original version, but I also created a square version to give my customers more options.

Here's the link to the work in Fine Art America if you'd like to see it at 100% resolution: 


All images copyright ©2019 Carol Leigh