Ferns In Captivity

I live on a part of the Earth where you can go into forests and find wild ferns hanging out as part of the forest understory.  So much so, in fact, that fern leaves, before they’ve unrolled, are collected and sold as Fiddlehead greens in our grocery stores during late spring.  This is novel to a guy who grew up in Arizona.

Of course you can also find them kept in captivity, kept by those with greener thumbs than mine.  There were a bunch of them in the same place as the Chinese statues I talked about in my last blog post and I drew one of them as they live in really nice clay pots.  I should have posted the sketch with the statue sketch but I forgot all about it.  I post it here to make up for that omission.

Stillman & Birn Delta (8x10), Platinum 3776, Platinum Carbon Black

Stillman & Birn Delta (8×10), Platinum 3776, Platinum Carbon Black

5 Responses to “Ferns In Captivity”

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  1. Pat Roberson says:

    Great sketch!

  2. ahmetfcetin says:

    I love the inner darkness of the fern, nice sketch!

    • It’s the first time I’ve drawn a fern but the first thing I noticed about them is the very dark tones where foliage is dense and the very feathery nature at the tips of the leaves. It was fun trying to draw that — Larry

      • ahmetfcetin says:

        You become master of simplification, it is very hard for me to simplify different leaves of different plants.

        • I wish that were true, Ahmet. I find that simplifying things is the hardest thing about drawing and I struggle with it all the time. — Larry