September Waters

IMG_8171.JPG September Waters, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Handmade, Deckle-Edged Paper, 12″ x 14.5″

The calendar says that it’s still summer, but a stroll through the forest reveals that change is in the air. Rust. Aquamarine. Vermillion. Amber. Tints of early fall color can already be found in the lowlands, forest brooks, marshes, swamps and rocky riverbeds. Autumn. There’s nothing quite like it, and this year it belongs to my pastel stumps and paint brushes. Bring it on, Mother Nature. I’m greedy for September’s fiery hues and long, twisted shadows.

The clear, forest brooks below my ledgy studio are the inspiration for this series. This woodland, I love.

September Waters.

IMG_8172.JPG September Waters, in progress

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  1. Jen A. September 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    Seasonal transitions. So fantastic. How do people get along without them? Will this piece come with that gorgeously coordinated ring? 😉 And wow – that paper must be delicious to work on!

  2. Michaela September 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    Whenever people in California tell me about their seasons, I chuckle. Yes, there are distinct differences between the year’s quarters in San Francisco, it’s true. But the seasons of New England have serious drama. I know I would miss that desperately, were I to leave here forever.

    The ring. The ring. My goodness it has been so popular on Instagram! Indeed, it is a lovely thing. You know, gardening full time for so many years I had come to ignore my hands. But suddenly, they seem to be the focus of my attention, day in and day out. I started wearing rings again. This one is a moody aquamarine by California artisan Stacy King. It’s become quite the source of inspiration!

    And the paper? Yes. I’ve been hoarding it for awhile until I had just the right thing to say on it. Now, I can’t shut up! It’s like warm toast to my buttery pastels.

    xx Thanks for checking in! I love comments.