The Intimate Forest

A Celebration of the Beauty of Nature in Oil Paintings by Harlan


button fungus on an old log


Button Fungus

30x40 date


Deep in the woods I found this fungus cascading over an old rotting log. Their shape and slight mottling with the addition of areas obviously sampled by forest creatures made this a must paint subject. I know I may see similar sights again but none as delightful as this particular composition. It was a challenge to achieve both the roughness of the old back and the leathery smoothness of the fungus. I very much enjoyed the challenge and this remains one of my favorite paintings.