The Intimate Forest

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

About these paintings

 

While not obvious all these paintings are signed. I've never been fond of artists' signatures that stick out like a neon sign. My signature is always placed to be part of the painting, to commune with Nature, to not distract from the beauty I try to capture with my brush.

I paint very well. While I am inclined to believe I am quite an excellent painter I am not referring to my artistic achievements in that statement. Rather I am referring to the technical side of oil painting. I took great pains to learn how an oil painting is "constructed" as a physical object. A great many artists experimented with various techniques to find those that produce a lasting painting. This knowledge was valued and passed down for many years until it reached the mid 1900 and suddenly it was more important to be doing something different and concerns about the permanence of the work were no longer deemed worthwhile. I reject that attitude.

I believe that issues of permanence are important and especially so if the artist believes their work will have lasting value and meaning to future generations. I also believe that when a patron invests in a work of art they should not have to have it restored, perhaps several times, within their own lifetime. Talent and imagination are no excuse for bad technique. There isn't one major painting from the last century that was produced with abhorrent disregard for permanence that could not have been painted with good technique. That they weren't causes me to disrespect the artists, their motivations and their work.

This is not Photo Realism. Trust me, it's not! I prefer to think of my style as "Sharp Focus Impressionism" a genre which technically does not exist save in my own mind. While I admire the skill that is necessary to do Photo Realism I find it barren of personality. I want to share with you the beauty I see in Nature with my impression of that beauty still attached.

Forest Art / Forest Paintings

alaskan driftwood tree

AlaskanDriftwood

alaskan fern and log

AlaskanFernandMoss

blackberry leaves

BlackberryLeaves

blue hostas

BlueHostas Original/Prints

broken tree

BrokenTree

button fungus

ButtonFungus

carpenter tree one

CarpenterTree1

carpenter tree two

CarpenterTree2

carpenter tree three

CarpenterTree3

colored leaves

ColoredLeaves

dress bark

DressBark

druid moon

DruidMoon

fall leaves orange

FallLeavesOrange

fall leaves yellow

FallLeavesYellow

ferns by the pond

FernsbythePond SOLD

ferns and oak leaf

FernswithOakLeaf

glorious fall

GloriousFall Original/Prints

golden hostas

Golden Hostas

green fungus log

GreenFungus

half mushroom

HalfMushroom

leaf and rosehips

LeafandRosehips

log with fungus

LogandFungus

moneyplant in fall

MoneyplantinFall

mushroom

Mushroom

oak leaf with evergreens

OakLeafwithEvergreens

oak leaves and rock

OakLeaveswithRock

old prune's tree

OldPrune'sTree SOLD

one red leaf

OneRedLeaf

one orange leaf

OneOrangeLeaf Original/Prints

one yellow leaf

OneYellowLeaf

orange maples

OrangeMaples Original/Prints

pernicious weed

PerniciousWeed

preacher in the woods

PreacherintheWoods

puffball

Puffball

red berries

RedBerries

red leaves

RedLeaves

red maples

RedMaples Prints SOLD

virginia creeper

RedVirginiaCreeper

sassafras and grasses

SassafrasandGrasses Prints Only

squash blossom

SquashBlossom

sun leaves and log

SunLeavesandLog

tree fungus

TreeFungus

Virginia creeper

VirginiaCreeper

Alakan Marsh

Alaskan Marsh

Alaskan Woods

Alaskan Woods

Dandelions

Dandelions

Fall leaves

Fall

ferns and mushroom

Ferns and Mushroom

frog and fall leaves

Frog

fungus with bug

Fungus and Bug

Alaskan grasses with rocks and pebbles

Grasses and Rocks

leaves

Leaves

leaves with branch

Leaves with Branch

leaves with dew

Leaves with Dew

purple fall

Purple Fall

money plant blossoms and pods

Money Plant Pods

red fall

Red Fall

red fungus and leaves

Red Fungus

red leaf and mushroom

Red Leaf and Mushroom

red seaweed

Red Seaweed

Scottish Fall

Scottish Fall

Scottish Stream

Scottish Stream

seaweed and rocks

Seaweed and Rocks

starfish on the beach

Starfish

trees

Trees SOLD

winter cattails

Winter Cattails SOLD

e-fall a painting of autumn leaves

e-Fall SOLD/Pints

Sundial - Canadian may flower casting a shadow on its leaves

Sundial

 

Floral Art / Floral Paintings

butterfly and lilacs

ButterflyandLilacs

clematis

Clematis Original/Prints

dafoldil

Daffodil SOLD

into the sun

IntotheSun

lily of the valley with spider

LilyoftheValleywithSpider SOLD

moneyplant

Moneyplant

Narcissus

Narcissus Original/Prints

orchids

Orchids

orchids

Orchids

orchids quick study

OrchidsQuickStudy

parrot tulips

ParrotTulips Original/Prints

peony with ant

PeonywithAnt

red lily with bug

RedLilywithBug Original/Prints

snow almonds

SnowAlmonds

stargazers

Stargazers Original/Prints

white narcissus

WhiteNarcissus SOLD

yellow red lily

YellowRedLily

Yellow and red parrot tulip - gracing stripes

gRacing Stripes

forget me nots

Forget Me Nots SOLD

Thistle - Don't Prick the Flowers

Don't Prick The Flowers

lilies and spider webs

Lilies on the Web

Stargazers The Next Generation

Stargazers TNG

Pollyflowers an oil painting of red parrot tulips

Pollyflower

heralds of spring - striped crocus in bloom welcome spring

Heralds of Spring

spring scent - purple lilacs in bloom

Spring Scent

     

Other Art

Bertie, Tracey's Cat

Bertie, Tracey's Cat SOLD

Hope has Wings, Snowy Owl for my niece Trish

Hope has Wings

SOLD/Prints Available