This is my first painting of leaves.. which is a real challenge for me as I am used to painting portraits or the figure.
However, I decided to challenge myself as I really want to gift this painting to my grandparents for Christmas. They recently moved out of a house they had had for decades so I wanted to paint them something sentimental that would remind them of their old home, which had a beautiful fig tree.
I am however, really struggling to paint these fig leaves and get frustrated with the process as I don't feel like I am painting the leaves well. I feel like they lack detail and look rushed (which they are). I find myself getting lost in all the tiny parts in each section and end up making it up as I go..
If anyone has any tips for painting leaves or how I can make these leaves look better, I would really appreciate your help!
As you can see, I have planned to paint figs on the bottom of the canvas but I don't really know what to do with the currently blank space between those and the leaves. Any suggestions or ideas are welcome! Perhaps more leaves? Or even a change in composition?
Here are photos of the two leaves I am painting:
The color match it a bit off and so are the leaves themselves compared to the photographs but at this point I just want the leaves to look decent, regardless of whether or not they match the photos perfectly
Thank you very much for looking!