Category Archives: Oil on Panel

Rain at South Pond, Revisited

Michaela Harlow, Rain at South Pond, 2016, Oil and Graphite on Panel 32 x 32Rain at South Pond, 2016, Oil and Graphite on Wood Panel, 32″ x 32″

Late last summer and into early fall, I made a series of abstract pieces  —graphite, polychromos pencil and pastel on paper— from small field notes made on rainy days at a local pond. I’ve been working on large-scale paintings from that series of sketches, and finished this one up today.

I’ve missed working the square, with all of its quirky challenges. This makes me feel like cutting a few more panels.

Michaela Harlow work on Rain at South Pond Early start and early finish in the studio today. Last oil and graphite gestures on a many-layered piece

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Still Life with Frozen Branches

Michaela Harlow, Still Life with Frozen Branches, 2016, Oil and Graphite on 3 x 2 foot panelStill Life with Frozen Branches, 2016, Oil and Graphite on 3′ x 2′ Wood Panel (click all the way through to enlarge image)

Wayward hemlock branches —knocked loose by winter storms— inspire as they emerge within melting, woodland pools. Here and there, bits of the past glimmer in sunlight.

Michaela Harlow, Still Life with Frozen Branches in Process

 This piece has more than 5 layers of paint. Methods used include oil wash, painting with brushes, scraping, drawing with graphite and drawing/painting with oil stick.

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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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Winterland

Michaela Harlow, Winterland, 2016, Oil and Graphite on Wood Panel 3 x 2 Winterland, 2016 – Oil and Graphite on 36″ x 24″ Wood Panel

Inspired by a week of shifting light, lines, ice jams and frost patterns on Green River.

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