Saturday, September 5th, 2015
A snail’s-eye view of ferns unfolding above you like a forest, full of strange detail and secret sparkle.
The green is a mix of deep Jadeite, mysterious Duochrome Tropic Sunrise, and two different yellows, bringing a bright, new-leaf quality to the foliage. The paint lies thickly on the paper, runnels carved into it like veins in the long leaves, the green settling out to let the sunny yellow undertones shine through.
The sparkle is only really visible in strong light, a secret bit of magic like pollen dusting the leaves.
I’ve done a lot of greens and blues in my Pathways series, perhaps next time I’ll go boldly into the warm end of the spectrum.
Ferns, 8″x8″ watercolor and duochrome watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.
Above, you can see the delicate veins running through the ferns, and the tiniest sparkle of the paint. Below, the ferns are overrunning their terrarium, er, frame.