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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