Curly or not, they had still retained enough colour to use them as references. I put the final touches on my painting this morning.
I love painting leaves so much. They are like tiny quilts full of different colours and textures. I love the challenge of trying to replicate all of the hues, veins and crinkles.
I have tried a lot of different watercolour papers in the past couple of years. For this painting, I went back to a paper I used to use quite often: Saunders Waterford 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. I had forgotten how nice it was to work with.
|A detail from my painting|
Here are some photos from Instagram (a work-in-progress photo, a leaf collection from a walk and the finished painting):