You won’t be this! Enchanting images of garden visitors made with a special autumn twist

You won’t be this! These enchanting images of garden visitors are made with a special autumn twist

  • Artist Diana Cotton has taken dozens of animal photos with hundreds of colored leaves from the garden
  • She spends up to seven hours a day selecting leaves to take beautiful photos of birds and other wildlife
  • Berries, moss and twigs are added to clay base to create a dazzling final effect before the artworks dry out

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From the bejeweled feathers of a peahen to the monochromatic majesty of a magpie, this is certainly a case of leaf-imitating art.

These beautiful fall artworks were created by amateur artist Diana Cotter, who spends up to seven hours carefully selecting hundreds of differently colored fallen leaves from her garden to create beautiful depictions of birds and other wildlife.

She adds berries, moss and twigs to clay soils to create a dazzling end result and photographs her seasonal creations before they dry out — before putting them in the compost.

Diana, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, says: ‘The only tools I use are a wooden plant label used as a drawing tool and a pair of scissors.

‘It’s looking for the right colors. I can already see in my mind what I’m going to do.’

She adds: ‘It’s a very conscious experience and when I do it, I don’t think of anything else. I’ve done flower arranging before as a hobby and that doesn’t last, so I’m used to throwing my creations away!’

Refining the foliage: Artist Diana Cotter at work in her garden in Salisbury, Wiltshire

What a pheasant surprise: a beautiful peahen

What a pheasant surprise: a beautiful peahen

Do you think I'm set-sy?  A tie with a mossy nose

Do you think I’m set-sy? A tie with a mossy nose

Woody you believe it!  A beautiful green woodpecker

Woody you believe it! A beautiful green woodpecker

Finch Perfect: Diana collected some strikingly colored leaves to create this steel-eyed bullfinch

Finch Perfect: Diana collected some strikingly colored leaves to create this steel-eyed bullfinch

Foxy gladey: a lively vixen with a pebble for a nose ¿ in the autumn forest

Foxy gladey: a lively vixen – with a pebble nose – in the autumn forest

In the night garden: a beautifully made owl on its perch

In the night garden: a beautifully made owl on its perch

Who is that tuff man?  A plague wing with an impressive crest sits atop a well-placed branch

Who is the tuft man? A plague wing with an impressive crest sits atop a well-placed branch

A super-duper hop: an exotic dude with a delicately crafted and rather fabulous crown

A super-duper hop: an exotic dude with a delicately crafted and rather fabulous crown

enny from the flock: this feathered cutie is beautifully decorated

enny from the flock: this feathered cutie is beautifully decorated

For the beak: This cheeky magpie, with a blackthorn eye, has pinched a real ring

For the beak: This cheeky magpie, with a blackthorn eye, has pinched a real ring

And backbone... Diana had done her job to create this hedgehog but he's cute!

And backbone… Diana had done her job to create this hedgehog – but it’s snout!

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