Monthly Archives: February 2011

New Work on Paper: “Last Leaves IV”…

“Last Leaves IV” ⓒ 2011 Michaela Harlow (16″ x 16″ Pastel on 19″ x 24″ Paper)

SOLD – Collection of Bruce & Linda Tingle

This piece has more form… Ghosted maple remnants

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New Work on Paper: “Last Leaves & Melt Water”

Last Leaves & Melt Water ⓒ 2011 Michaela Harlow (Pastel on Paper)

This is another piece within the “Last Leaves” series. It is something of a bridge piece… Moving toward a series I am calling “Melt Water”. “Last Leaves and Melt Water” is pastel —painted on 19″ x 24″ paper (16″ x 16″ actual painting size)— with a darker, moodier base. The “Last Leaves” and “Melt Water” series’ include a large number of interrelated pieces. I will continue to post more of these images as I move into the “Melt Water” Series.

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New Work on Paper: “Last Leaves” Triptych…

“Last Leaves” I – ⓒ 2011 Michaela Harlow (Pastel on Paper)

“Last Leaves” II – ⓒ 2011 Michaela Harlow (Pastel on Paper)

“Last Leaves” III – ⓒ 2011 Michaela Harlow (Pastel on Paper)

This triptych”Last Leaves” I, II & III is part of a larger “Last Leaves” series. The freeze-thaw reveals ghosts of past seasons —half decayed and stuck to mud— ephemeral layers beneath sheer, blue-grey-white ice. Like the last group, these pieces are pastel painting on bristol vellum (19″ x 24″ paper, with the paintings measuring roughly 16″ x 16″. Pastels are all mounted with bridge matt and framed behind glass, because they are so fragile.

I’ve been listening to Hungarian folk singer, Márta Sebestyén. She’s one of my favorite vocalists; probably best known in the US for her work on The English Patient soundtrack (Én Csak Azt Csodálom is my favorite mournful lullaby of all time) but, her music is much more diverse. This is a link to her performing Farewell to Shabbat, and for a totally different sound, this is a link to her performing with Deep Forest.

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New Work on Paper: Tsuga Triptych…

Tsuga I ⓒ Michaela Harlow (Pastel on Paper)

Tsuga II ⓒ 2011 Michaela Harlow (Pastel on Paper)

Tsuga III ⓒ 2011 Michaela Harlow (Pastel on Paper)

The Tsuga series… Here is the complete triptych. I intend the three to hang together as they appear here. Each piece is painted on 19″ x 24″ bristol vellum. “Tsuga” is the Japanese (and botanical) word for hemlock. I am fond of hemlock trees in general, but in winter —when I find dead and broken twigs, cones and needles imbedded in melting ice— I am always taken aback by the beauty of this conifer’s skeletal branches.

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