This particular leaf caught my eye. It was lying alone, and I snapped this photo before picking it up.
I loved the shape and the color, the green radiating outwards toward the dried tips. I feel like that sometimes!
The leaves I collected inspired me to paint, and this particular leaf was my companion throughout the process.
I lightly traced around the leaf in a green watercolor pencil. This is my personal trick for tracing and/or sketching out in advance; using a watercolor pencil helps blend the lines into the painting while giving me the guidelines I need for a more detailed edge.
I mixed up some Autumn colors . . .
And a lovely leaf sprang out of my imagination.
I've been trying to paint everyday, even it's just a small thumbnail painting. This leaf was the perfect size to complete in about an hour, some instant gratification!