The Intimate Forest

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


orange maple leaves


Orange Maples

30x40 2005


Because I am nearsighted I enjoy the beauty of Fall by looking at the leaves, not the whole tree bedecked in amazing colors but the leaves and often one leaf at a time. Every one of them is unique! Unlike snowflakes that will dissolve with your attention, you can handle a leaf. You can turn it over and admire it from the back. You can hold it up so the sunlight shines through or hold it down so the sunlight dances across its surface and note how different it looks.