Watercolours on thick smooth paper, size < A4
Second attempt with watercolours!
According to Greek myth, Apollo (Phoebus) chased Daphne, a nymph of Arthemis and Gea who loved her own freedom, and according to Ovid's "Metamorphoses", the god's infatuation was caused by an arrow from Eros, who wanted to make Apollo pay for making fun of his archery skills and to demonstrate the power of love's arrow.
While Apollo was hit by a golden arrow, the arrow of love, Daphne was instead hit by a dull iron one and was therefore fated to reject Apollo's affection.
Running away from him, in order to keep her freedom safe, she prayed Gea (or her father Pineios, according to Ovid) to save her, turning therefore into a laurel.
The laurel became sacred to Apollo, who was then always depicted with a laurel crown on his head.
The god by grace of hope, the girl, despair,
Still kept their increasing pace until his lips
Breathed at her shoulder; and almose spent,
The girl saw waves of a familiar river,
Her father's home, and in a trembling voice
Called, "Father, if your waters still hold charms
To save your daughter, cover with green earth
This body I wear too well," and as she spoke
A soaring drowsiness possessed her; growing
In earth she stood, white thighs embraced by climbing
Bark, her white arms branches, her fair head swaying
In a cloud of leaves; all that was Daphne bowed
In the stirring of the wind, the glittering green
Leaf twined within her hair and she was laurel.
Daphne and Apollo - Metamorphoses - Ovid