When I saw the concentration of drops on this lambs ear in Hopeland Gardens, I couldn’t resist creating another composition from the same area where a previous subject was captured. I loved the number of drops and their shapes. And, I love how they act as miniature magnifying glasses with splashes of refracted color. Some of the globes of water in Ear Drops remind me of a Plasma Lamp. The scene itself is fairly complex, which is aided by the high level of detail (e.g., individual strands of hair can be seen).
Even some of the drops are irregular and chaotic in my abstract Wet Hair piece. I love discovering tiny scenes like this on something as seemingly nondescript as lambs ear. The drops act as magnifying glasses with refractive abilities as they sit on top of the hairs. I searched through a patch of them about eight feet wide and four feet deep looking for a surface that provided the most aesthetic satisfaction. That included consideration for the concentration of drops and, because of the extremely shallow depth of field when composing at two times life-size, the overall flatness and viewing angle. These leaves are quite low to the ground so wearing knee pads (like those that roofers or other contractors have) really paid off.