By Helen Emmett

This painting is a great example of combining wet on wet techniques and tiny details to create a realistic painting. When Pōhutukawa leaves fall to the ground, they become a lovely range of colours from green, yellow, red to brown. The thick texture of the leaves give them a shiny look, which we achieve by adding touches of white and black for highlights and shadows. The final touches of adding in black spots, and careful painting to leave nibbled holes are what make this painting pop!

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