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Liverwort in Pencil

Oct 8, 2012 | Posted by in garden, work | 0

“Liverworts”, 2012 Pencil on Cartridge paper, approx. 11″ x 9″ I have masses of liverwort in my garden around the edges of the pond, and in crevices in the pathways. Along with mosses they are some of my favourite plants. I love them for their simplicity and lack of colourful flowers, and as I have mentioned before, for the the way they give the impression of tiny landscapes, especially the tiny receptacles on the liverwort which resemble miniature palm trees. This pencil study of liverwort is quite a bit larger than some of my recent drawings. There are none of the umbrella-like receptacles, but it’s possible to see instead the little cup-like ‘cupules‘. I think the moss-like plants between the larger forms are another type of liverwort rather than a moss.Read more …


Aug 6, 2012 | Posted by in method, work | 0

I have lots of lichen, moss and liverwort in my garden, and I like to encourage them, especially the mosses which are spreading to all sorts of places this damp summer. The way they form miniature ‘forests’ appeals to my love of detail and small things. A few weeks ago I decided to start some sketches of lichen fairly soon, and that same day when I was out walking I found my way blocked by a huge branch fallen from a massive oak tree. This gave me the opportunity to study and photograph the lichens up close, and I picked up a small piece for my collectors drawer, which you can see below. Some days later when the subject had begun to dry out I began some sketchesRead more …