Yeesh, have you ever tried to draw one of these things?!? Scary difficult... I think it's the complexity, yes, but it's such an ordered complexity that you have to be really exact. And the shape, the growth pattern, it's kind of like a whole pine tree, which is really cool.
I am an artist living and working in Hillsborough, North Carolina, and have been maintaining this blog as a daily painting project since January 1, 2008. Each of the daily paintings and studies posted here is available on Etsy. My larger and more involved works can be rented from me or purchased through Etsy, from the Broomfields Gallery in West Jefferson, North Carolina, from Bull City Art and Frame in Durham, North Carolina, or from me directly by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org .