These are Photinia leaves from the little tree in our garden. At the moment it has a lot of new growth on it and the leaves are a soft brick colour. But the older leaves, as they are about to fall off, are a fantastic assortment of vivid red, orange, yellow and green with the most amazing patterns. I think if I only painted Photinia leaves for the rest of my life I'd never lose interest!
I've painted these on Saunders Waterford HP 140lb paper in a spiral bound Fat Pad measuring 28x38cm. I used very few watercolours - Winsor & Newton Alizerin Crimson, Schmincke's Transparent Yellow, Transparent Orange and May Green. Over the top I've added touchs of red, orange, blue and yellow with Lyra Rembrandt coloured pencils. They take beautifully over the chalky watercolours and really intensify the colours. They have to be used carefully though so as not to ruin the effect - they can sit on top and look harsh so they need to be applied lightly and blended in.