I completely agree with some of the comments I've read, its beautiful, warm, the lines and the delicacy. Only, when I look at it, I see more than just the couple and the thoughts behind their expression, I see eyes in the leaves, seeming to watch in different ways. Judgement, curiousity, perhaps even darker things like jealousy, envy. I was curious to know if it was intentional, or just my interpretation of it. I think that there is much more thought behind the work than is immediately obvious to the viewer. I really like the contrast between (what feels to me) expressive/playful lines in the bark and the serious ones of the couple. I really enjoyed experiencing it.
Thanks so much for such a thorough and thoughtful comment! You nailed it right on the head actually, and you may be the first to have done so in the years it's been since I made this piece. The eyes in the leaves were very intentional! I won't say exactly what I was trying to portray by doing that, because I like your interpretation of it, and I prefer people to come to their own conclusions for that reason. Anyway thank you so much! I'm glad it was such an experience for you!
Having had a glance through the comments, I did wonder why no one else was mentioning it, when to me it was so there! Curiousity compelled me to add my own thoughts. One doesn't draw leaves with those patterns for no good reason! There are a hundred leaves with completely different markings that might be just as beautiful. The question to me was, why spend the time drawing those marks if it doesn't have meaning behind it. A lot of thinking goes into the ideas before they become a piece, and those eyes were just looking meanings at me.
From looking at your other works, I didn't think that it was done purely for aesthetics. It took me a while to decide that my thoughts were worth sharing, I came back to look at it twice, to be really sure of what I was thinking, before I decided to comment. -smile- Experiencing art is all part of it, it's magical to get right up close and see everything, or stand way way back and take it all in, to make an understanding for yourself, and see if you see what the artist was seeing in his or her intentions. And, thank you!, for putting your work, your thoughts and feelings, out for me to experience.