Thirty in Thirty, 2014: Stirred

Stirred, 2014 - Copyright, Michaela Harlow - michaelaharlow.comStirred, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 12″ x 12″, oil on panel

Today was one of those days: too many things to do and not enough time to do them. I ran into town with a list of errands and imagined myself returning back to the studio —and a larger work in progress— by noon. No such luck. Price checks. Lines. Ski traffic. Chaos. I stopped at my local deli for a loaf of fresh bread and on the way out, a young couple stirred me. Preoccupied, they stepped out the door just as a pile of snow slid from the awning; covering them in icy white powder. They looked at each other and laughed. “That was awesome”, he said, shaking off and brushing her hair. For a moment I forgot my agenda and their happiness spilled over me. As I drove back to the studio, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Love makes everything different, doesn’t it?

I stopped at Green River to see if I could find an open place in the ice, as the sun slid low. The water hardly moves now, but there’s this one spot beneath the bridge. I lingered long, trembling.

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  1. Bruce Tingle January 6, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    Great to see your new work. I’ll enjoy reading your posts for this year’s 30.

  2. Michaela January 6, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    Hi Bruce, So great to hear from you. Thank you for following and commenting. I’ll be looking forward to your feedback. Please send my love and good wishes along to Linda! — Michaela

  3. Jen January 6, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

    Oh! That shot of color on the right hand side! Love how my eye is first drawn into that oceany textured blue I find so comforting (it reminds me of the midnight blue Crayola I always used up before any others) and then I can’t help but look at the red. What is it? A cardinal, a realization, a heart, a lover running away, an inspiration, a wound?

  4. Michaela January 6, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    Mmmm. I like the way your eye and mind are moving around this piece. Excellent. Makes me feel like I got it right. x