Leaves underfoot on a late November morning. The species represented are indicative of the area: there are natives (oak, beech, ash) with sweet chestnut (introduced by the Romans). There are also many leaves (including the only green leaf) belonging to the Cherry Laurel, an unpleasant and toxic evergreen shrub much planted in suburbia.
The decomposition of the autumn leaves, the layering and the sharp lights, combine to create a semi-abstract pattern. Half way through painting I decided to add a surprise – see if you can find it.
You might also like my large painting of waterlilies.