Winter Pool II ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 14″ x 17″ – Pastel & Pencil on Paper
Just finished number two in a series of what I think may be five branch pieces; perhaps more.
One of my favorite things about working with dry media on paper, is the immediacy. I love that I can fix a layer with aqua net, go get a cup of tea, then come back 15 minutes later and begin working a new layer. I can’t do that with oil paint. Working on paper gives me an opportunity to play with compositions, color relationship and layers of material, without investing weeks of my time. Fixatives wet the paper to a certain extent… Allowing a bit of liquidizing of the media. But, it’s not really the same thing. There are things I can’t do with dry media, and I am getting ready to pull out the turpentine and translate some of the new pieces into oil.
Working with airborne fixatives necessitates little fresh air breaks. I love stepping outside the studio once in awhile; standing on the balcony, looking down into the garden in winter. Much as I love working the land, it’s nice to have a seasonal respite from daily maintenance.
The new piece, drying on my worktable.
It’s so quiet in the studio… Anyone have new music to share?