When my husband and I are working at our family farm in WA, I make time to take walks in the orchard and beside the canyon that runs along the east side of our orchard to collect leaves. I use these leaves to make marks on watercolour paper, I call them "starts". The beginnings of a new piece I can develop later.....when there is some free time. The piece below is from new grape leaf shoots and has touches of Windsor Newtons Opera Rose watercolor.
11" x 15" Watercolour