Daily Archives: January 7, 2011

Thirty in Thirty. Day Seven. Weather as Metaphor.

“Passing Shower”  ⓒ  2010/11 Michaela Harlow – 12″ x 12″ – Oil on Panel

One of the brightest gems in the New England weather is the dazzling uncertainty of it – Mark Twain

Weather —particularly New England precipitation— offers plenty of inspiration for emotional metaphor. Today’s weather is actually snowy, but rain, sleet, freezing rain, drizzle, fog, mist, wind and just about every other kind of weather element has turned up in my painting at one time or another.

I am a fan of Tom Waits, and I particularly like his song “Emotional Weather Report”. I need change, and the weather in New England certainly provides me with plenty of it. I have a complicated emotional life, and I don’t understand how anyone can live in L.A.


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