This is my leaf painting (18"x24"). It's done in acrylic paint. My art teacher gave me this project to challenge me. It took me an insane amount of time (an estimated 80 hours). I spent my lunch period every day of the school week for several weeks down in the art room working on this. The background definitely took the longest, and made me think the most. It's made up of 13% trial and error and 87% finger-painting like a confused two-year-old. Overall, we were both pretty proud of the result. (For a better look, go to [link]
On May 17th this painting won me first place in the 2010 Congressional High School Art Competition. It will be displayed in the US Capitol for an entire year.