Monthly Archives: April 2014

Sweet Water

Sweet Water, 2014 - Copyright, Michaela Harlow - michaelaharlow.comSweet Water, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 10″, pastel on paper (18″ x 12″)

Springtime suspended. Willows aglow but not in leaf. A few extra moments to observe the unfolding of a new season, reflected in the river. Warm colors contrast with cooler hues as long light dances on liquid glass. Sweet water . . .

Sweet Water, 2014 - in process - Copyright, Michaela Harlow - Sweet Water, 2014, in process. And yes, that is a bread knife.

daffodil days - studio work, In the studio this week, sketches and fresh daffodils from the garden. It may be cold and wet out there, but signs of spring push on.

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Weekend Work: Looking Glass

Looking Glass, 2014 - Copyright Michaela Harlow - michaelaharlow.comLooking Glass, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 11″ x 9″ pastel on paper (15″ x 11″)

The studio is my sanctuary. And after last week’s crazy, crazy, crazy schedule, I can honestly say that today, it is heaven.

Looking Glass in Process - Copyright 2014, Michaela Harlow - Looking Glass, 2014 , in process: working with palette knife and layers

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In the Still

In the Still, 2014 - Copyright, Michaela Harlow - michaelaharlow.comIn the Still, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 11″ x 9″ pastel on paper (15″ x 11″)

Is it possible to lose or waste time; to borrow a moment; to steal an hour? My thoughts are all about scheduling these days. As you may have noticed, this is Thursday, not Wednesday. I didn’t like rearranging my calendar this week, but I needed to do so in order to accommodate others and make things fit. In spite of my best efforts, I did not keep my schedule as I promised myself that I would. I gave up some studio hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to make up for garden design time lost last week.

I stole some time back today. Someone will be disappointed, but it won’t be me. Not today.

In the Still, in progress. In the Still

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Weekend Work: Ēostre Lache

Ēostre Lache, 2014 - Copyright Michaela Harlow - michaelaharlow.comĒostre Lache, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 11″ x 9″ pastel on paper (15″ x 11″)

Ostermonat, as April is often called in Germany, is of course a nod to Ostara, the pagan goddess of light. The name Easter, Ostra, or Ēostre, and many of the Neopagan Germanic traditions surrounding Spring Solstice —eggs, rabbits, and other spring fertility symbols— have all swirled together into a strange, modern springtime festival of rebirth and renewal. That last bit, and the return of light, in particular, is what I most relate to as a painter.

Before joining my family for Ostermonat festivities, I went for an early morning walk. Have you noticed how the blue skies of April are nearly the same hue seen in October? Six months apart, these two spectacular months always seem intertwined in my thoughts. I’ve been rather mesmerized by the contrast between the ochre remnants of autumn (particularly wool grass in the wet meadow), and that crazy, cobalt blue, spring sky. Incidentally, Ēostre is an old Northumbrian word and Lache is the modern German word for a body of water (pool, pond or puddle).

Ēostre Lache. Springtime puddles. The earth’s sky.

Ēostre Lache, 2014– Michaela Harlow –  11″ x 9″ pastel on paper  (15″ x 11″) Ēostre Lache, in progress

Ēostre Lache, 2014, with tulips on studio desk – Michaela Harlow –  11″ x 9″ pastel on paper  (15″ x 11″) Ēostre Lache, in deference to my papa, who really, really loves Easter (the wonderful, electric-pink tulips were, of course, a gift chosen by him)

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