Here’s a painting of some scarlet berries, cheering up a late winter scene.
I have grown tired of winter and the wet mud of late January in England, so my eye was drawn to these berries. They are a species of cotoneaster (Cotoneaster franchetii I think)and their brash scarlet is a welcome relief to the dank cold. The berries have started to split open and they carry water droplets on them from a recent shower. Sometimes the effect of the droplets is to make the berries look peculiarly swollen, as if with some disease. At other times they glitter with reflected light.
I did not realise, until this painting was complete, that it would be a companion to this solitary autumn leaf.