I don’t know about you, but rain forests belong in the tropics, filled with tigers and monkeys and long, poisonous snakes. At least, that is my fantasy. The French painter, Henri Rousseau, has a number of paintings which are of the jungle, and always make me think this is what a rain forest looks like.
This gouache is a tribute to the wonderful work of Rousseau, and while certainly not on the same caliber as his work, I hope it does convey the richness of his imagination with a bit of my own.
Within the United States, we have a rain forest, the Hoh Rain Forest up in the Olympic Peninsula area. We went there several years ago on a road trip, and hiking through this forest was an eerie and otherworldly experience. You cannot see the sky for the density of the trees, branches, and moss overhead. Following the trail, which was clearly marked, showed you the wonder of a primitive world, bathed in its own soft gold-green light.