Fallen Photinia leaf


Original painting or high-quality limited edition (1 of 50) Giclée print. Watercolour pencil and gouache on paper, 29 x 21.0 cm

Please note: the frame in the image is a digital mock-up. The actual frame and mount will be very similar.



A fallen Photinia leaf lies on mossy brickwork, intersected by a blade of grass.

The shrub Photinia is in the rose family, closely related to the apple. This leaf is probably from Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’, commonly used in hedging.

I’m not sure that I care for the plastic look of the whole plant, but I liked this striking juxtaposition of old brick, furry moss, shiny red leaf and the ‘cut’ of the blade of grass. The patterns of nature are rarely random – even a chance grouping such as this has context. While I didn’t set out to make a visual comment on the awful sterility of some abstract work, I see the finished painting has done just that.

You might also like my painting of a Californian Tree Poppy or the more whimsical The Visitor.


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