Category Archives: “Ice” painting series

Winter Sings a Song to Springtime

Michaela Harlow, Winter Sings a Song to Springtime, 2016, 3' x 2', oil and graphite on panel Winter Sings a Song to Springtime, 2016, Oil & Graphite on 3′ x 2′ Wood Panel (click image to enlarge)

Spring is in the air and the light is changing. Migratory birds are everywhere, filling the morning with a cacophony of sweet sound. Sheets of ice melt away beneath the warmth of late winter sun, mirroring a change of season. The time has come for rebirth and renewal

Winter sings a song to springtime. A sweet, sad song; filled with melancholy notes of lonliness and longing. A song of anticipation and surrender. A beautiful goodbye.

Michaela Harlow, Painting Process Two A peek at my process on this time-consuming piece

Painting large-scale, layered oil paintings takes up large blocks of time and space. Finding a span of uninterrupted days can be challenging. However in late winter, with icy/snowy/muddy roads to contend with, it’s a little easier to carve out time in my schedule and hunker down in the studio. But space? Oh space. Working on the floor has many advantages, but walking around is not one of them. I thought I’d give a bit of a peek at my process in this post (images previously posted on Instagram with many related photos of melting ice along the river).

I am very pleased with this piece and expect to continue on this series over the coming weeks.

Michaela Harlow, Painting Process This piece began with sheer layers of orange and grey-violet oil paint. Once dry, graphite drawing began, followed by layers of opaque white oil. Between layers I scrape back to reveal patches of the underpainting and then add more paint and drawing to the top. The process mirrors freeze-thaw, and the passage of time.

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‘Almost Blue’ … Almost Home

‘Almost Blue’ (24 x 24, oil, oil bar and wax on panel)

SOLD – Collection of Rose and John Goetsch, San Antonio, Texas

It isn’t every day that I post a note about a painting when it’s sold, but this piece has an interesting and fun history. By complete coincidence, two individuals from San Antonio, Texas –not acquainted with one another– inquired about this piece. How interesting! What is it about this piece that pulls it westward? I have no idea, but I do love a bit of mystery. Obviously this painting wants to head west, and today ‘Almost Blue’ is almost home. Congratulations to Rose and John Goetsch, my new collectors in San Antonio, Texas!

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New Work on Paper: Tsuga Triptych…

Tsuga I ⓒ Michaela Harlow (Pastel on Paper)

Tsuga II ⓒ 2011 Michaela Harlow (Pastel on Paper)

Tsuga III ⓒ 2011 Michaela Harlow (Pastel on Paper)

The Tsuga series… Here is the complete triptych. I intend the three to hang together as they appear here. Each piece is painted on 19″ x 24″ bristol vellum. “Tsuga” is the Japanese (and botanical) word for hemlock. I am fond of hemlock trees in general, but in winter —when I find dead and broken twigs, cones and needles imbedded in melting ice— I am always taken aback by the beauty of this conifer’s skeletal branches.

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‘Almost Blue’…

“Almost Blue” ⓒ 2011 Michaela Harlow – 24″ x 24″ – Oil and Oil Bar on Panel

I posted some detail-photos of this piece on January 30th. It’s now complete and dry to the touch. I’m very happy with it. Update photo here was taken in natural light. The colors are true, but the work has more texture than the photos can capture (refer back to January 30th for detail shots).

No surprise, I have been listening to Chet Baker’s “Almost Blue”

Today was a very special day. I can’t write about it yet, because I might ruin a lovely surprise… But I look forward to sharing the story very soon.

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