The Intimate Forest

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





36x48 2004

Puffballs are fascinating fungi. When new they are solid and have a soft white flesh. As they age the center reduces to powder and the outside becomes a shell which eventually will tear providing opportunity for the spores to be dispersed. I've seen puffballs in all manner of sizes. This particular puffball was about five inches in diameter. I loved how the roundness of the puffball contrasts with all the flat leaves. The mottling that naturally occurs to the shell of the puffball increases the challenge of rendering its spherical nature. A very interesting painting!