My "fern fantasy" originated years ago, as I was sitting at my computer in the 9th floor office tower where I worked in Toronto, Ontario. Flipping through a magazine I came across a photo of a wild, rocky garden and I showed it to my co-worker, and said, "I want to live there". She looked at it blankly and said, "Why? It's just rocks and ferns."
Little did I know that my future did indeed hold a place full of rocks and ferns – I am living there now. As I created this project - and indeed, all the samples for this class – ferns kept showing up!
These are far from botanical studies. They are simplified "fantasy" ferns and florals, based on calligraphic lines. Incidentially, it was in a 2007 calligraphy class with Alice, (Alice Koeth) that our calligraphy exercises included floral patterns, and my class exercise actually developed from a little sketch I did around that time. I liked the simple round shape and decided to polish it up in this class.
Here are my original "old" sketches:
Hopefully, my pen skills have improved since then! Here's some of the exercises we'll be doing in this class to improve our pen skills:
I thought I should add a few more "fronds"... but when I compared to the original sketch, I realized yet again that "less is more"!
So, working with translucent paper, I went right back to the same basic shape as the original, with minor modifications.
Using J. Herbin inks, I combined four cool colours for this monochromatic palette.