Fiddleheads: Matteuccia struthiopteris
This four stem composition of a Fiddlehead (Ostrich Fern) plant was painted in water colour. These ancient and strangely elegant fronds shoot up in early Spring from a tightly woven and intricate circular stem formation. Throughout history the many species of Ferns have held a fascination for artists. They are named for their resemblance to scrolls and a fiddle. The protective layer of ground cover was painted in to create further visual interest.