Lovely, lovely, lovely.Love the subtle green fading to warm deep, gold. One can almost feel the brittleness of those curled edges.~ gretchen
Aw thanks, Gretchen. You noticed! :-) I really worked hard on that transition.
It is a beautiful transition ... but what really struck me is the shading in the shadows: darker and slightly greener where the leaf is closer to the white surface and the rest of the leaf cuts out reflected light; lighter and relatively pinker where there's a bit of photon-leak round the edges. Electric light? Nice speckling and veining, btw! Look at the meticulous little shadows running alongside those straitened rivulets of off-white. I take it you noticed those, John :-)
Yes, yes, electric light indeed! :-) A little green into ochre on the shadow edge...I find veining of the front of leaf to be most challenging. Unlike the back where the vein often displays pronounced three dimensionality, the front is subtle. I wanted to work those veins more but stopped short with just that hint of shadow--didn't want to chance overworking the detail! :-)