The Intimate Forest

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


sassafras and grasses


Sassafras and Grasses

30x40 2005

In the Raptis Collection

Next to the path along the back of the pond I spotted this bright red sassafras leaf resting with other leaves on the most delicate bed of grasses. I loved the contrast of colors between the bold leaves and those slender blades of grass. Painting the blades of grass alone I knew would be a fascinating puzzle. An individual blade is relatively simple but in masses and tangles they are a breath taking challenge. There are leaves here which are newly fallen from their trees, still bright with color. And there are older leaves that fell perhaps a week before and are fading and growing brittle with time. So many beautiful elements in one piece!