Monthly Archives: August 2014

August Rumination


August Rumination, 2014 – Michaela Harlow- Pastel on Paper, 10″ x 15″


Yesterday morning, I handed in the final draft of my last garden design and planting plan of the season. From this point forward, I am a full time artist. If I do accept any garden design commissions, it will be on a very limited, part-time basis. I love designing gardens but the seasonal workload has been interfering with my career as an artist. It’s time to put painting and exhibiting my work back into focus. I am an artist, first and foremost.

Yesterday afternoon, I went for a short walk through the forest below my studio and sat down by the brook. I thought about ‘Soliloquy’ and the need for quiet contemplation. The late day slid into evening; a glass of wine and a rewarding session in my studio.

August Rumination.

IMG_7631.JPG Friday evening, back in the studio at last.


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Seven Summers III, Archival Print Giveaway


Seven Summers III, 2014 (original now sold)

Although ‘Seven Summers III’ sold within two days of posting, I am happy to announce that this very popular pastel is now available as a signed, archival print! Scanned and printed by Panopticon Imaging, the piece is offered in the same, 10″ x 14.5″ size as the original, on cold press, watercolor paper. The introductory price, inclusive of shipping within the continental US, is $85.

To celebrate the introduction of this series of prints, I am giving one away! Feeling lucky? You have until 8/30/2014 at 12pm to enter here or on this site’s Facebook Page. Winner will be announced on Labor Day, September 1, 2014, here and on the Facebook page. Please leave a comment on this blog post and let me know which other pieces (beyond the Seven Summers series), you might like to see offered as archival prints. Be sure to register your email so that I may contact you if your name is drawn (your email will not be displayed or shared).

Thank You & Good Luck!


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Reeds & Rushes


Reeds & Rushes, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Cold Press, Watercolor Paper, 11″ x 15″

 Back in the studio today after what seems like a long time away from painting. It feels good to be home, surrounded by the sound of late summer crickets and squabbling bluejays.

I need to switch gears this afternoon and finish up the final draft of a planting plan and layout for a lingering garden design project. I’m eager to tie up loose ends, and focus on work that needs to be done here in the studio: new studio doors, roof overhangs, driveway repairs and brush cutting. Running two businesses solo leaves little extra time, and there’s quite a to-do list to conquer before I can invite guests up to my studio this fall. Time to get to that busy work!


 Early morning, back in the studio, working on a new series


 I love the light in my studio at this time of year. If I had the time to spare I could sit, watching shadows dance and sipping coffee for hours.

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Seven Summers Archival Prints Available Soon!

20140823-104214-38534947.jpg Archival Prints of the Seven Summers Series are in Process! 

It’s been pretty quiet on the blog for the past week, but it’s been really busy behind-the-scenes. A great deal of packing and art shipping happened last week. And on Tuesday, I spent the day at Panopticon Imaging in Rockland, Massachusetts (about 5 1/2 hours, round trip, and worth every minute), to have original artwork scanned, and meet with the pros on archival printmaking.

Over the past year or so, I’ve discovered that for many people —even if they love a particular piece— an original pastel or oil painting may not work for their home or professional situation. In an insecure space  —such as a meeting room, lobby, lounge, restaurant, waiting room or other public space— there may be concerns about vandalism/damage to original work or even theft. Prints can reduce or eliminate exposure to loss (prints are usually covered by insurance without an art rider). Other times, original artwork is physically too large for a space, or perhaps the need for a wide-border bridge-mat on a pastel painting is undesirable (and original pastels all require large bridge mats; increasing their physical size). Of course sometimes, the cost of original artwork —or multiple pieces in the case of interior design applications— isn’t in everyone’s budget. I decided that by offering high-quality, archival prints, my artwork will be accessible to a wider audience and can be easily purchased/shipped online. I like that idea!

photo 1 Panopticon Imaging’s Paul Sneyd and I, looking over my original artwork, before it passes through the high resolution scanning process. Photo courtesy of Shannon McDonald.

Archival prints of my work are created from high-resolution scans of the original paintings. Panopticon’s team of skilled photographers and editing experts took the utmost care in accurately reproducing my artwork. I was present during the image editing process and both the color accuracy and textural detail of the scans is phenomenal. In addition, each piece will be printed on cold press, watercolor paper —nearly identical to the type used in creating the original pieces— guaranteeing a beautiful, authentic-looking reproduction.

So, if you’ve always wanted to have one of my pieces in your home or professional space —but your favorite painting was sold or you were deterred by security, size or price— your opportunity is coming soon!

photo 2 Original artwork, preparing for high-resolution scan at Panopticon. Archival prints of these pieces will soon be available in various sizes. Photo courtesy of Shannon McDonald.

After a few road bumps, detours and delays, soon, the online shop will be open and select, archival prints of pastel paintings on cold press paper will be available for sale and shipment. I’m excited to offer archival prints for sale online for the first time ever, and I’ll be starting with the very popular Seven Summers series. Look for a special print give-away and shop details to be announced in an upcoming post as well as on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

A big thank you to Paul, Bruce, Shannon, Chris and Greer at Panopticon Imaging for their professional expertise, efficiency, and beautiful results on this project!

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