I have chosen to paint leaves given to me by friends and family or from places that I have some personal connection with.
Last week I visited my home town in Staffordshire and collected leaves from a number of locations including the Trentham Gardens estate- it was the first time I had visited the beautiful gardens since I was a child.
Here's the first leaf. It's from an enormous Acer cappadocium at Trentham Gardens which the estate manager estimates dates back to the1840's.
I'll be posting my leaves at the end of each week for the remainder of the challenge.