Sound of a Coming Storm

20140723-185639-68199385.jpg Sound of a Coming Storm, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Deckle Edged Paper, 16″ x 20″

Oh how I love these summer days. Heavy air, charged with electricity. A horizon blurred by thick, July haze. Golden fields still-to-be mown. And then, in late afternoon, blades of grass begin to stir. The sky darkens. Anticipation. Sound of a coming storm.

20140723-191334-69214677.jpg A bit of process today. How it usually begins is with a sketch on this heavy-weight, cold-press watercolor paper. It’s for more than watercolor, you know. The paper has great tooth and can handle heavy fixative use.

20140723-191357-69237269.jpg And another shot. Drawing lines back into damp pigment after rubbing them out with stump and palette knife and fingers. So many layers. I lost count. But there are windows back to the base. If you look closely, you can see them. And of course, not too heavy. Not too opaque. I try to always preserve some transparency in places to keep it luminous.


  Fan whirring above the work table today. Hot, humid and storms on the horizon.

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