Day: May 27, 2016

From Yard Work to Art Work: The Photinia Story Part Two

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After Part One of The Photinia Story for this week’s Discover Challenge,
Part Two today is all about the leaves.

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The green bin’s overflowing contents were collected on Wednesday but some of the leaves made their way into the studio…

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…and it was time once again to turn the yard work into art work.

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First another ink drawing using those perfect photinia branches to draw with…

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…and then it was time for some colour.

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And finally as a postscript to this post 🙂 an old painting of mine that dates back to 1974. It resides at the back of a shelf in the studio and I have to confess I had forgotten about it until I started painting the photinia leaves this week.


The title is Autumn on Hampstead Heath a place I used to walk almost every day with my parents during my childhood in London. The painting takes me right back to those distant halcyon days as happy, loving memories of mum and dad come flooding back.