Have you ever gazed at a European forest and wondered what it is that makes them seem so gentle and expansive? I have. The other day I found the secret. Here it is.
Yes, horizontal leaves.
The light is so young and the leaves so blithe. Shades of green are created by light filtering through chlorophyll past a tracery of limbs and woven veins.
In Australia, the bush and roadsides are lessons in the hues of green but the leaves are tough and vertical to avoid the glare and heat. The light doesn’t pass through, it bounces right back off.
If one were to sketch a European forest, the pencil would be skipping horizontally, creating short planes and steps. In a forest. Amazing.
Throw in a path, a creek, (a bit of soft focus) and you’ve got faeryland.