The Intimate Forest

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


orchids quick study


Orchids - Quick Study

30x40 2006


If you have been going through my gallery painting by painting this painting should seem quite familar. Indeed it is the same subject matter as Orchids but this is a quick study. This study was completed in two long sessions while Orchids took a total of twelve sessions to complete. They are very different paintings. Every now and then I force myself to break from my normal slow and methodical approach to painting and paint fast. It is exhausting work. I do not have time to stop and consider my decisions. I have to work purely on instinct which is why my quick studies or fast paintings are usually of a subject to which I have previously devoted full time. I like both versions of this subject. As with the photo of the other version, I have not been able to capture the real contrast between light and shadow.