The Intimate Forest

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


thistle - don't prick the flowers

Don't Prick the Flowers

30x40 2006 $4000

For years I've been watching the thistles that pop up in our yard for the one that would finally be a painting. Perhaps it is my Scottish heritage, but I've always loved thistles and was delighted when I finally had a subject for a painting. Far more stylized than my normal work, I find this painting serene. It wasn't relaxing to paint, many parts were quite challenging. I looking forward to painting thistles again sometime.