© Margaret Saylor

Work in Progress
 
 
A Clutch of Moss
This small clump of Pennsylvania forest moss reveals a world of detail. Painted on a piece of calfskin vellum that was stretched over a 4 x 6" board, I used watercolor to capture the tiniest of details. It was difficult to go from painting the moss around the edges to depicting the individual pieces in the center of the composition, as I had to shift my thinking from painting positive to painting the negative space between the moss.
 
This is a commission for a painting friend who said to me, "Can you paint moss?" I'll try.