Monthly Archives: January 2016

Now Represented in Vermont by the West Branch Gallery

michaela harlow - west branch gallery and sculpture park - stowe - vermont Pieces Currently Available at West Branch Gallery, Stowe, Vermont

 Very pleased to share news that my work is now represented by the West Branch Gallery in Stowe, Vermont. Please visit their beautiful gallery in person when in the Green Mountains, or online, here.

 west branch gallery stowe vermontImage via West Branch Gallery, Stowe, Vermont

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Slatted Wood

Slatted Wood, 2016, Michaela Harlow, Oil/Graphite/Polychromos Pencils on Constructed Wood Panel Slatted Wood, 2016, Michaela Harlow – Oil/Graphite/Polychromos Pencils on 24″ x 12″ Wood Panel

The temperature plummeted last night and bitter wind slapped my face as I stepped outside the door this morning. This is going to be a busy week and somehow, I appreciate the wake up call.

I spent Friday morning over in Keene, New Hampshire, documenting recent work with photographer Al Karevy. Most of the images I post here are taken with my iPhone and, although fairly accurate color-wise, they aren’t intended for archival purposes. As painters go, I’m fairly prolific and it’s been awhile since I’ve connected with a local photographer to document my work. I really enjoyed working with Al, and thanks to him, discovered Odelay and some of the best fish tacos I’ve tasted this side of the border. There’s no plan for a tropical vacation in my immediate future, but won’t need to travel very far to get my sea-side taco fix.

Slatted Wood in progress / Michaela Harlow


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Michaela Harlow, Easterly, 2016, OIl, Graphite and Pencil on Constructed PanelEasterly, 2016, Oil, Graphite and Pencil on 12″ x 24″ Constructed Wood Panel

New Year’s Day began in the studio with this piece. Although finished yesterday, the underpainting began at mid-day on January 1st. They say that the way you spend the first day of the year sets the tone for the remaining 364. If so, this will be a productive year.

I’ve never been one for resolutions but I am definitely a goal-setter. A lifetime of self employment has taught me that without co-workers, supervisors and evaluations, I need to find ways to make myself accountable to my art. I like to have targets and goal posts to remind me of where I am going, what I’ve accomplished and what’s left to do. The process helps me to organize my process and motivates me to take steps on my path every day.

One of this year’s goals is to scale up dramatically. Next week I plan to shop for larger supports.

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Michaela Harlow, Rise, 2015, Oil, Graphite and Pencil on Constructed Wood PanelRise, 2016. Oil, Graphite and Pencil on 16″ x 16″ Constructed Wood Panel

I wasn’t going to post this painting. Yesterday was a rough one and sleep evaded me last night. I really struggled through my day. I must have created and destroyed this piece a dozen times. Objectivity is not my strong suit when I am physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. But something told me to stop. Just stop.

Then I got an email from a friend who also happens to own one of my paintings. She was looking at the piece and saw it in a completely new way. Suddenly the ugly voice in my head was silenced. I remembered that I know what I am doing. Then I went back to my painting, snapped a photo and called it a day.


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