Monthly Archives: February 2014

Two for Tuesday: Lace Botanicals . . .

Lace_Botanical_copyright_2014_michaela_harlow_michaelaharlow.comLace Botanical I, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 20″ x 17″, pastel on paper (24″ x 19″)

After the recent ice storm, I discovered more botanical remnants trapped in icy pools, along the garden walkway. Bits of Queen Anne’s Lace and Rodgersia —perhaps caught up and swirled about in winter wind— remind me of fine-woven, tea-stained Venetian lace, stitched to grey-green silk.

 I worked on these multilayered pieces Sunday through today …They took a bit longer than I’d anticipated — hundreds of tiny dots and details— but I’m pleased with the results.

Lace_Botanical_II_2014_pastel_on_paper_copyright_michaelaharlow.com Lace Botanical II, 2014 – Michaela Harlow –  20″ x 17″, pastel on paper (24″ x 19″)

Below is an image of the piece in process (those are broken pastels sitting atop the paper).

Lace_Botanical_II_copyright_2014_michaela_harlow_michaelaharlow.com Lace Botanical II, 2014 (in progress, detail) – Michaela Harlow – 20″ x 17″, pastel on paper (24″ x 19″)

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Saturday Smalls: Encased Vines

Encased_Vine_copyright_2014_michaela_harlow_michaelaharlow.comEncased Vines, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 11″ x 9″ pastel on paper  (15″ x 11″)

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Another in the ongoing ‘Winter Vines’ series, this piece came to me after I found a large section of tangled remnants fallen into frozen meltwater. The freeze-thaw process leaves sections of vines and leafy remnants visible, and other parts clouded or concealed by snow and sleet-crusted layers. Beautiful to explore when the temperatures are warm enough as they are this weekend. Perhaps spring is not so far away, after all.

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Two for Tuesday: Winter Vines

winter vines, l, 2014 - copyright - michaela harlow - michaelaharlow.com - all rights reservedWinter Vines I, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 13″ x 9″, pastel on paper (11″ x 15″)

With more than two feet of accumulated snow in my garden, little remains to be seen at ground level. But looking up, bits of paper-thin hops, wisteria, hydrangea vine and clematis catch snow and ice; reflecting pink winter light like crystalline prisms.

winter vines, ll, 2014 - copyright - michaela harlow - michaelaharlow.com - all rights reserved Winter Vines II, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 9″ x 13″, pastel on paper (11″ x 15″)

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Saturday Smalls: Peach Remains

peach_remains_2014_copyright_michaela_harlow_pastel_on_paper_michaelaharlow.comPeach Remains, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 12″ x 15″, pastel on paper (14″ x 17″)

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Stormy. That is the word of the week here in New England. How much new snow fell on Thursday night and Friday morning? Reports are somewhere around 20″, but I stopped counting after the first pass with my plow truck on Thursday evening. It took most of Friday to dig out. Back-to-back blizzards have made for limited progress in my studio.

Still, a trip to Home Depot yielded a full sheet of birch plywood and a backroad route provided fresh, landscape inspiration. I am gessoing 12″ x 12″ panels for new, small works on board, and today was a perfectly satisfactory studio day. With this much fresh powder on the ground, woodland walks will now require snow shoes (hooray!). And next week I will be venturing out of the area on a few field trips (postponed by last week’s inclement weather), which I’m very much looking forward to.

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