Birch and Ferns, watercolour, 2004
Birch trees are really quite amazing and no doubt that explains their frequent occurrence in art. Pattern has always played a key role in my compositions. Here the vertical white birch trees with their dark brown/black “eyes” stand among the green sensitive ferns and green cloud-like foliage. This was inspired by our birch woods where you feel like you could so easily get disoriented and lost.
Try shading the tree trunks and see how they pop forward. Just lightly colour down one side with a pale grey or blue pencil and then go over with your white in a circular motion and pressing hard. Leave most of the trunk uncoloured.
Available in 8”x12” print on Etsy January 2017