Daily Archives: October 16, 2014

Arrow Wood

IMG_9910.JPG Arrow Wood, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Coldpress, Deckle-Edge Paper, 20″ x 16″

O R I G I N A L   S O L D     –    A R C H I V A L   P R I N T S     A V A I L A B L E

Viburnum acerifolium leaves are one of autumn’s great joys. Commonly known as Arrow-wood or Maple-leaf Viburnum, this native shrub is a fairly non-descript, green, scruffy-looking plant during the summer months. But come cool weather, it pulls a Cinderella act. After a touch of frost, the leaves turn a distinctive rosy, cobalt-violet hue —sometimes with crazy shocks of magenta and orange— before fading to a ghostly, cream or green-tinted white. When I see an October understory filled with this technicolor beauty, I have been known to squeal with delight. And don’t even get me started on Rhus typhina. That one deserves an entire series all its own.

IMG_9915.JPG Working on Arrow Wood, on a very, very rainy day.

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