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Art: Orange Maples by Artist Harlan
Fall presents an unrivaled glory of color. Each leaf is a masterpiece. A cluster of such beauty is enough to take one's breath away. Orange must be Autumn's favorite color!

I was particularly drawn to this composition because the focal point almost falls off the canvas. I try always in my compositions to provide movement and stability and a thousand small delights. It is my hope that after someone has seen one of my paintings that they will never be able to take a walk in a woods without being changed by my work - that they will stop and notice so many of the things, beautiful things, that are so often overlooked.

I start my canvas with a watercolor pen sketch. Watercolor pens leave only pigment behind which does not interfer in any way with the permanence of an oil painting. I paint in very thin layers and it takes many, many days to gradually refine my image and increase the depth of my colors.


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