Michaela Harlow, Migration, 2016, Oil and Graphite on 2 x 4 wood panel

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Migration, 2016, Oil and Graphite on 2′ x 4′ Constructed Wood Panel

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  1. Jen February 14, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    I had to go searching for the piece that felt like this one’s very distant relative. Departure from 2014.

  2. Michaela February 14, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

    Ah ha! Good memory. Or in my case, bad memory! I had to kill that painting because it was wrong. This one got to the essence. This incarnation will become a series (there are a few related pieces —flight/migration— in the works).

  3. Jen February 14, 2016 at 5:14 pm #

    That’s kind of what I thought. 🙂 That older painting wasn’t really “wrong,” it was just an experiment along the way to this piece. And even if this series expresses exactly the essence you want right now, something will shift in you, and it will also be another experiment along the way to the next piece, etc. The evolution is so cool!

  4. Michaela February 15, 2016 at 5:31 am #

    When I’ve created a painting that expresses something true, then I feel confident about letting that painting out into the world. If a painting doesn’t make that cut, then I will set it aside and rework it or, in some cases, recycle its parts and begin again. Departure was recycled. Migration is a painting I’m confident about —ready to sign and exhibit.