Forest scenes are also 3-dimensional, with the overlapping leaves of fall foliage, or a stand of aspens with cylindrical trunks receding into the distance.  For such scenes, the shapes of the individual Xtra-Dimension components themselves are chosen to complement the scene.

Wild Dogwood (24″ x 37″)

Photograph by Elizabeth Carmel

This piece is unusual because only the dogwood branches and flowers are rendered “Xtra-Dimensionally” – mounted on an aluminum print of the rushing river in the background.

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Aspen Glow (28″ x 58″)

Photograph by Elizabeth Carmel

For this image of an aspen forest, the rounded shapes of the aspen trunks are reproduced in the curves of the rectangular components, while the shadows cast when lit from above align with the horizontal striations in the bark.

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Autumn Aspens (40″ x 24″) (sold)

Photograph by Elizabeth Carmel

The depth of this aspen grove is emphasized by the 3-dimensional presentation, which in turn enhances its almost mysterious nature.

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Bamboo in the Mist (23″ x 44″)

Original watercolor by Sherri Reeve

Sherri Reeve graciously shared her watercolor “Bamboo in the Mist,” a signature design from her gallery in Makawao, Maui. An arching pattern complements the criss-cross of leaves and bamboo stalks while a woven format is used for the Xtra-Dimensions, in harmony with traditional Hawaiian crafts.

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Autumn Passage (43″ x 32″)

Photograph by Elizabeth Carmel

For this image, leaf-shaped components are superimposed on the curved rectangular pieces for the aspen trunks, emphasizing the foliage in the foreground.  The lighting has a dramatic effect on what one sees in this colorful piece.

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Metolius River (50″ x 40″) (sold)

Photograph by Mike Putnam

A beautiful image from Mike Putnam’s exploration of the Oregon back country lead me to explore a combination of shapes – leaves for the colorful maples and waves (sort of!) for the rushing river.  The idea of using leaf shapes as the Xtra-Dimensional components was triggered by the thought that brilliant pictures of Fall colors are akin to digital images with leaves as pixels.

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Aspen Forest (50″ x 75″)

Photograph by Paul Kozal

Paul Kozal, a photographer in Gualala, CA (paulkozal.com), is also a generous collaborator.   This large piece is comprised of eight layers on two pieces of acrylic that are mounted side by side.  Smaller versions of this and a related aspen forest image (48″ x 32″ and 24″ x 16″) have also proven quite popular.

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Autumn Delight (48″ x 38″) (sold)

Photograph by Mike Putnam

Another photograph from Mike Putnam has a combination of shapes – the chokecherry leaves and the cylindrical aspen trunks – and a variety of patterns: the vertical trees, the horizontal striations of the bark, and the overlapping layers of the foliage. I tried to capture these different forms with a combination of curved rectangles above and a yin-yang pattern of overlapping leaf shapes below.

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Golden Aspen Grove (19″ x 26″)

Photograph by Mike Putnam

A golden aspen forest image from Mike Putnam focuses  more on the leaves than the tree trunks, so the entire image is made of aspen leaf-shaped components:

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Evening Glow Cypress (26″ x 38″) (sold)

Photograph by Paul Kozal

For Paul Kozal’s image from Sea Ranch, I tried to capture the lean of the cypress trees and the movement of the image by slanting the components progressively across the piece.

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Diablo Poppies (31″ x 37″) (sold)

This rains this year brought forth an amazing bloom of poppies on the slopes of Mount Diablo.  For this piece, the components have four lobes and a convex curl to complement the flowers.

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Japanese Maple (24″ x 36″)

Photograph by Paul Kozal

For Paul Kozal’s image of a Japanese maple, only the leaves are rendered “Xtra-Dimensionally;” the background is printed on aluminum for a very unusual effect.

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Autumn Tunnel (31″ x 39″)

Photograph by Mike Putnam

I took a similar approach with another photograph from Mike Putnam, showing the maple leaves as a canopy above the blue creek and the forest background.

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Golden Sunset (27″ x 36″)

Photograph by Elizabeth Carmel

California’s vineyards, too, have colorful fall foliage that is appropriately rendered with leaf-shapes, as shown in this piece using Elizabeth Carmel’s beautiful photograph.

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Vine Maples (32″ x 26″) (sold)

Photograph by Mike Putnam

This was one of the first (of many!) photographs by Mike Putnam that I thought might work with my Xtra-Dimensions approach, and he was gracious enough to let me experiment with it.  It was the start of a very nice collaboration!

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Napa Vineyard (23-1/2″ x 74″) (sold)

Photograph from Wikimedia Commons

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After the Rain (24″ x 36″)

Photograph by Barbara Lee

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