Monday, April 13, 2015


Resurrection, 36x48", watercolor and sepia ink
This live oak tree is right down the street from my house here in New Orleans. It is a massive tree and has an enormous growth of ferns in the middle of its limbs - known as Resurrection Ferns. This epiphyte attaches to deep cracks of the tree's bark where a firm hold is easily obtained and moisture is readily available during rainy spells. The most dramatic quality of a Resurrection Fern is its ability to dry down to a gray, brown, gnarled crispy appearance during hot weather. This defense against heat and drought is actually a means of survival. However, within hours of a rainfall, the Resurrection Fern springs back to life with its green color and beautiful foliage: truly a remarkable thing to see...and paint!

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