Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Silver Fern



For  Diana's 10 Minute Warm Up I have painted a Silver Fern.  In fact it is yesterday's entry as well as it has taken two days to do.  I find greens quite a challenge; they can look quite harsh sometimes.  But I think I succeeded in getting a softer look.  I used gouache it seems to be softer, I think because it is opaque.

Silver Fern


I love silver Ferns, they are our national tree and the leaf is our national emblem (see my welcome badge on sidebar), not the Kiwi.  In certain light, the underneath of the fronds are silver, and that use to fascinate me as a child.  My Dad’s bush farm had hundreds of them and some were giants and pushed through the canopy of the bush, creating a wonderful texture.  There are not that many in the region that I am living in, here in the Wairarapa, it is mostly cabbage trees!  Yes cabbage trees, they are like giant dracaenas.  Perhaps I will paint one next week as there is one across the road.

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5 comments:

  1. Oh what a very lovely painting! :) soon we will have green leaves on the trees again, but I don't want it come to fast. as I love spring as it is now :)

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  2. Beautifully done, Sharon ~ so zen like and it flows ~ lovely!

    Thanks for 'visiting and being so supportive.'

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  3. oh my goodness!!!! this tree is pure magic!!!! I love it!!!! So thrilled you joined in!!!! love to see you create!!!

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  4. Love this painting. You can see the sun going through the leaves, and the colours are wonderful. Cabbage trees eh ....? Now I'm wondering what they look like .... You'll need to paint one :-)

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  5. Hi Sharon
    Your tree is glorious....I love it.
    Xxx
    Sue

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