The Intimate Forest

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


log with fungus


Log with Fungus

30x40 2002


Normally I look for wonderful contrasts of light and shadow for my work but sometimes it isn't necessary. Here the dark colors of the woods were beautifully contrasted by the bright white of the fungus. A perfect balance! What really captured me was the colors on the bark. Normally one thinks of bark as grey or brown or white, if you happen to be thinking of Birch, but here there were colors that were so unexpected. They still delight me.