Banksia (Banksia sp.)
I had this stalk from a Banksia tree for a while before it was painted. It was drying out but it still retained quite a bit of colour. I loved the contrasting shapes and patterns of the pods and the dead flower stems – the pods round and the flower stems spikey. I also loved the mottled pattern forming on the bark. Even though it was spent, it held the promise of new life – something very typical of Australian native plants.