While we were on vacation in Williamsburg earlier this month, I picked up three magnolia leaves off the ground. They are lovely in any season, but especially in autumn. I took the leaves back to our condo and arranged them on white paper in a very sunny window and took several pictures with my iPhone. I was amazed at the quality of the pictures. The pictures turned out so well that I didn't really need to paint them, but you know I painted them! What else are leisurely Sunday afternoons for?
First is the picture from my phone, followed by the painting in three stages. Last is the painting scanned and color-corrected. This painting is on the first page of the 3.5"x5.5" Moleskine watercolor journal that my sweet daughter bought for my birthday in August.