Coloring Book (50 Drawings, for Adults)

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Many of Charley's most complex images were created between the late 1970s and the beginning of this century. Some pictured entire ecosystems rather than individual creatures or several creatures interacting. These massive images, especially the ten huge paintings commissioned by the National Park Service that required a year each to paint, are marriages of clever design and stunning colors. These images, along with others created for national monuments, nature centers, birding centers, zoos, parks, and an international bio preserve, are sure to offer an escape into Charley's natural world. Recently I uncovered a letter of his, written in 1966, in which he confessed, If I had not become an artist, I am sure I would have been a conservationist. In a way, I think he succeeded at being both.

With painstaking care, the graphic designers at Pom‌egranate Communications have traced by hand the outlines of over fifty classic Charley Harper images. Thus, every complex image has been carefully extracted and redrawn from the original painting housed in the Harper studio archives. Each flower, beak, wing, leaf, fin, leg, and head has been retrieved and prepared to provide you with many hours and days of enjoyable coloring. If you wish, follow the reproductions of Charley's actual full-color images and employ them as your guide. Or, use creative license and make up your own color combinations. I just want you to relax and have fun! Happy coloring.

-Brett Harper, son of Charley and Edie Harper

Inside are 50 pages of Harper's playful critters, with reproductions of his full-color illustrations on the inside of the front and back covers. We've also included a blank page at the end so you, like Harper, can sketch the world around you.


  1. Insect Diversity
  2. Atlantic Barrier Islands
  3. Cardinals Consorting
  4. The Alpine Northwest
  5. Loonscape
  6. Backyard Birds
  7. Early Risers
  8. Bark Eyes
  9. Biodiversity in the Burbs
  10. Birdfeeders
  11. Woodland Wonders
  12. Bear in the Birches
  13. Glacier Bay, Alaska
  14. Canyon Country
  15. A Good World
  16. Poster for The Conservancy, Naples, Florida
  17. Deep Forest
  18. Poster for Michigan Audubon Society
  19. Flamboyant Feathers
  20. Foxsimiles
  21. Go 4 It
  22. The Rocky Mountains
  23. The Florida Keys
  24. Hawaii Volcanoes
  25. Poster for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Pennsylvania
  26. Poster for Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
  27. Mystery of the Missing Migrants
  28. Poster for Shaker Lakes Regional Nature Center, Cleveland, Ohio
  29. Octoberama
  30. Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, California
  31. Asian Tiger
  32. Under the Sweetgum Tree
  33. Plain and Fancy
  34. Birducopia
  35. Redbirds and Redbuds
  36. Savoring Sycamore
  37. The Sierra Range
  38. Space for All Species (detail)
  39. The Desert
  40. Summer
  41. Vowlentine
  42. Tree of Life (detail)
  43. Twowls
  44. Turkey Talk
  45. Zoo Babies
  46. We Think the World of Birds
  47. Peril in the Petunias
  48. Wings of the World

One book with 50 images to color. Each illustration is reproduced as a full-page black line drawing and as a full-color drawing. Coloring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed.

More Information
ArtistCharley Harper
Dimensions8 3/4 x 11 1/4
Number of Pages108