Chestnuts in Brown Paper

I collected these chestnuts on a beautiful calm autumn day in Worplesdon, England. Large and chunky, they each had a little personality. Even over the first few minutes of bringing them inside to paint, the chestnuts expanded – and continued to do so ever so slowly as I painted them. I had to work fast to get the glow of the deep brown glossy skin & then Iā€™d more time to work on the spikes and the greens & browns.