So my latest piece. I work off photo references a lot of the time. And though you get good results, the process is sterile and forensic. For this one I wanted to do a detailed painting, but without using a photo reference as much as possible. So I went to Ballyannan Wood near Midleton, my nearest town. There were loads of nuts and fallen leaves there. Brought back a load of them home and composed this arrangement on cardboard. The arrangement was below me so I had to paint standing up, something I normally don't do. It was refreshing and I found I could get through the little details pretty quickly. Painting stuff in real life; I find I can get the essence of what's there easier than a 2D photo where, because there is no depth, details are everywhere and you get a bit swamped by it. I used Payne's Grey on the background, a colour I've never used before. I got a few more colours over the summer, ready to broaden my palette a bit. I used a subtle swirling vortex effect on the background, I found it complimented the circular pattern of the arrangement. Also it reminds me of the winds of Autumn, where decaying leaves get tossed this way and that.