Monthly Archives: November 2014

Stark Mountain ll

IMG_1286.JPG Stark Mountain II, 2014  – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Cold Press, Deckle-Edge Paper, 20″ x 16″ 

O R I G I N A L   S O L D     –    A R C H I V A L   P R I N T S     A V A I L A B L E

What began as a blustery drive along a winding, remote road has now given birth to an entire series and exhibit idea. The Stark Mountain Road pieces are informing what will likely become a special showing of woodland themed work, to be exhibited next month, in Brattleboro, Vermont.

More details on this showing and other, upcoming exhibits, soon.

IMG_1288.JPG Stark Mountain II, in progress on the studio work table

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Stark Mountain

Stark_Mountain_Michaela_Harlow_www.michaelaharlow.comStark Mountain, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Cold Press, Deckle-Edge Paper, 20″ x 16″ 

Some of New England’s backroads have surprisingly accurate names. More a twisting, ragged trail than a meandering country drive, Stark Mountain Road seems particularly well defined on a cold, November day. Sharp, ledgy outcrop meets boney tree line against grey sky, bramble and biting wind.

I broke with my series today, inspired by a wintry drive.

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Rain in the Garden

IMG_0937.JPG Rain in the Garden, 2014  – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Cold Press, Deckle-Edge Paper, 20″ x 16″ 

Working on this recent group of pastels —inspired in part by remnants and debris as I slowly button up the garden before winter— I am reminded of the ‘Broken Flowers’ series from years ago. There was a time  —long before the seasonal demands of a garden design, installation & maintenance career— when the garden was a source of great inspiration. Lately, my own garden has become sadly and embarrassingly neglected. Not only are the flowers broken, the gardener herself has broken down. Some days, I want to dig deep and pull everything back to its full glory. Other days, I delight in the garden’s decay and demise.

IMG_0947.JPG Rain in the Garden, in progress

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Trace

IMG_0903.JPG Trace, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Cold Press, Deckle-Edge Paper, 20″ x 16″ 

Hello Daylight Standard Time. Oh, it’s so good to have morning light back in my studio at 6am. Yes, it’s odd to see the street lamps switch on in town at 5pm, but I’ve never been a fan of rising in the dark. I wake up with so many ideas these days and I am so much more productive in the early hours.

Winter-like winds blew in today —knocking down more leaves from the forest canopy and rattling my studio windows— a chilling prelude of things to come. I had a fire going the wood stove all day to warm the bones.

IMG_0908.JPGTools are great for pastel work, but sometimes nothing beats fingertips for blending

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