I spent my 20's & 30's in Southern California. Then I moved "back home" to Ohio. For a while, I've been in the process of "taking back" stuff my Mother was kind enough to store in her barn. It's a lot of stuff... old paintings, books, some furniture & old schoolwork.
The (real) leaf to your left was part of a book report I did in ninth grade, entitled: "Trees That Grow in NE Ohio." It's one leaf among over a dozen included in my fabulous (B+!) report. Not to toot my own horn, but I was METICULOUS about finding the most spectacular leaves and flattening them to absolute perfection. I'm throwing most of my old stuff out, this report with the leaves, I kept.
So fast forward to yesterday. I'm doing pottery design for a company in California. I submit a bunch of designs with earthy warm colors and ROSES. The art director replies, she loves the colors, but could I please replace the roses with a LEAVES?? Hello??! We are leaves unlimited. Oh, such perfect timing, serendipity like THAT almost never happens to me.
On a side note, I'm gonna paint another SUNFLOWER trio for a gallery in Florida. Big, 18"x18" or bigger. I'm very excited about it, but I may not post again for a little while.