Monthly Archives: April 2015

Ice Breaker

Ice Breaker, 2015, 24 x 24, Oil and Oil Bar on Panel, Michaela Harlow, Ice Breaker, 2015 – Michaela Harlow – 24″ x 24″, Oil & Oil Bar on Panel

Growth is always thrilling, often stressful, frequently challenging and never comfortable. It’s so easy to do the same thing over and over, but that’s plateauing, not growing.

I’m often demanding and impatient with myself. I need to work on that and learn to trust the natural rhythm. The answers always come.

Breaking the Ice, Words are spoken …Then silence. Say something, anything, to break the ice.

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Slip Light Blues

Slip Light Blues, 2015, Michaela Harlow, 24 x 24, Oil on Panel,

Slip Light Blues, 2015 – Michaela Harlow – 24″ x 24″, Oil and Oil Bar on Panel

I listened to a discussion about the perception of sky color on Radiolab the other day and suddenly found myself in tears. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what caused the reaction. Color perception is a loaded issue for me, but still …Tears? Maybe I’m just more emotional than usual lately. The trigger had to do with a little girl named Alma being told that the sky is blue, when she previously had no color assigned for the heavens above her. She refused to accept her father’s description at first —defining the sky as “white”— but eventually she acquiesced. It was the moment of accepting another’s reality that caught in my throat. Was it the loss of innocence?

I stepped out into the driveway and looked above me, then down to a melting pool of ice at forest’s edge. I felt shaken. Blue was the last color to be named and perhaps even the last perceived; rare, luminous and pure, with a touch of melancholy.

Underpainting, Slip Light Blues JPG In the Studio with “Slip Light Blues”

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Melting to Blue

Melting to Blue, 2015 - Michaela Harlow - 24 x 24, oil on panel - Melting to Blue, 2015 – Michaela Harlow – Oil on Panel, 24″ x  24″

A 7 am battle. A temper tantrum. A pot of coffee and a walk. To paraphrase Helen Frankenthaler: “Every painting is a journey all its own”. Sometimes you get lost and stuck in the half-frozen mud before you find your way.

Melting to Blue. Detail.

In the studio with “Melting to Blue”

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Shaken & Stirred

Stirred, 2014, 12 x 12,‘Stirred’ 2014, 12″ x 12″ Oil on Panel – In the Studio Kitchen

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