The Intimate Forest

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


red leaf and mushroom

Red Leaf and Mushroom

30x24 1998 $800

Some of my favorite subjects: a mushroom, delicate grasses, mosses and a burst of color in the red leaf. I liked how this composition is almost perfectly divided on the diagonal. That's probably not the first thing you notice when looking at this painting but it was an important element in my selection of this composition. While the lighting is not as dramatic in many of my other paintings it still plays an important part especially in the cast shadow of the blades of grass. There is something fascinating about painting a tangle of delicate grasses.