Ferns: Layers, Details, and Complexity

I’ve been taking photos around the house and in the backyard, thinking that I might use them for paintings.

I chose one of the ferns behind our house for this painting. It’s been a challenge! I have often thought “this is an ugly beast”.

It is a difficult image compared to the two paintings of birds that I did recently. There are less areas of contrast, less obvious depth, and it has lots of extremely detailed shapes rather than simpler forms.

But now the piece is starting to take shape. Here are some in-process shots of the piece, still in the works:

Ferns (in process, May 22, 2015), acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20"
Ferns (in process, May 22, 2015), acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20″

 

Ferns (in process, June 4, 2015), acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20"

Ferns (in process, June 4, 2015), acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20″

Ferns (in process, June 11, 2015), acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20"
Ferns (in process, June 11, 2015), acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20″

 

 

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