Bald Cypress with Ferns (sold)  |  Richard G. Tiberius
Bald Cypress and Ferns

48 x 34 in | 121.9 x 86.4 cm

Whenever there is a telephone pole or barbed wire cutting right across an otherwise perfect scene I’m grateful that I’m a painter rather than a photographer. One of my friends once asked me if I intentionally “paint out” objectionable elements like telephone poles. Yes but it’s actually easier than that. I just leave them out. This scene of Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) and ferns was the exception. Nothing was in the way.

 

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Even the balance was perfect. Okay, the tree on the right would have overwhelmed the scene if I had included all of it. It was massive. Bald Cypress trees get that way. So I didn’t show all of it. By the way, you won’t find many ancient Bald Cypress outside of this Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Most of the old giants were logged for shakes and shingles. The Audubon Society had the foresight to buy a piece of the unlogged Cypress back in 1912 to preserve it.

One of the features about a forest like this is the subtle variation between the colors of the bark. Although they are all the same species of tree each trunk is a slightly different color. The ones on the left are more reddish; in the middle they are decidedly yellow-brown; and the big guy on the right has pink tones.

Since the scene is backlighted you wouldn’t even know the sun was shining if it weren’t for the ferns. The sun can’t peek around the trees because it is directly behind them but it shines through some of the fern leaves and reflects off others. The combination of arching stems and angled leaflets produce every possible angle to the sun making the ferns come alive.

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  1. Heather House

    Hello, my children’s names are Cypress, Sylvan and Fern. We love this painting (bald cypress with Fern). I see that it is sold. Do you have anything else like it similarly sized? We are looking for a Sylvan of cypress trees with an understory of ferns.

    1. Richard Tiberius

      Hi,
      Right now all of my paintings are packed ready to go into a moving truck. We are moving from Miami to Washington D.C. It’s a good move. My wife has accepted a position at Georgetown university. I do have a painting called “Bald Cypress with Bromeliads”. The size is roughly 36 x 26 inches. There are no ferns at the bottom as you would like because the bases of the cypresses are in water. But there are some interesting effects in the water. Where the water is in shadow you can see through to the leaves at the bottom. And where the sun hits the water, all you see is the glare of sunlight reflecting off the water. And the effect of backlighting on the bromeliads is also interesting. I will send you a picture to your email. Thanks for your interest in my work.
      Kind regards,
      Richard

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