Category Archives: Process

Song of the Solstice

Michaela Harlow, Song of the Solstice, 2015 Oil, pencil and graphite on wood panel Song of the Solstice, 2015, Oil, Pencil and Graphite on 12″ x 12″ Wood Panel

I always forget how much of a struggle it is to get things done on these short days and lately, the lack of daylight has been compounded by foggy, rainy, overcast weather. I love the mood, but find myself frustrated by abbreviated work hours. I need my work as much as I need the sun.

But the solstice is here and although the change is slow in coming, daylight hours will soon begin to grow.

Michaela Harlow, Song of the Solstice in ProgressChasing shafts of light through the forest on these short, dark days

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Autumn Parting 

Michaela Harlow - Autumn Parting - 2015 - Oil and Graphite on Panel - 24" x 24" Autumn Parting, 2015, Oil and Graphite on Wood Panel

It’s been a whirlwind year of exhibits —especially after a long break from showing— and I am more than ready for a bit of rest and dedicated studio time.

Autumn is parting. Winter’s long quiet is soon to come, and I welcome it with open arms.

Michaela Harlow - Autumn Parting in ProcessIn the studio with ‘Autumn Parting’ and a beautiful dendritic quarts ring by Hannah Blount Jewelry. I definitely received the long end of the stick on our art trade! 

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Thirty in Thirty, 2014: Winter Window

Winter_Window_2014:copyright_michaela_harlow:pastel_on_paper:michaelaharlow.comWinter Window, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 12″ x 12″, pastel on paper (14″ x 17″)


Today marks the final day of my annual thirty-in-thirty studio challenge. When I woke up on this cold, January morning, sunlight was streaming through swirled crystals on the frosty glass windowpanes. As I peered through the frozen condensation, I thought about how different the world looks through this filter; how different it looks through all filters. Winter Window on the studio work table


2014 is going to be a year of change. And though the course is still a bit unclear, I can feel it and I am excited by the possibilities.

Thank you so much for following along, and for your supportive comments here and on various social media outlets this month. I hope you will continue to check back in, going forward into the month of February and beyond. To those who have inquired about the availability of artwork, I thank you for your interest and will be posting new work —with size, frame options and pricing– in both linked galleries over the coming weeks. Bright light, drying work and fresh flowers in the studio entryway

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Thirty in Thirty, 2014: Florist’s Window ll

Florist's Window ll_copyright_2014_michaela_harlow_pastel_on_paper_michaelaaharlow.comFlorist’s Window II, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 12″ x 12″ pastel on paper (14″ x 17″)

After I finished work on yesterday’s pastel, I immediately started work on this little piece. Frost-covered windows and blossoms obscured beyond glass: suddenly, I am quite obsessed. Flowers. How odd that I almost never paint flowers, and when I do, they are dead or broken. It occurs to me that up until now, I haven’t known what I want to say about them, or how. If you know me well, this is of course, hilarious. Nothing occupies so much of my time —April through November— as flowers!

Of course, for the past few years, my studio hours have been restricted to the winter months. That is about to change dramatically, but it still doesn’t explain why I never use flowers in my work. Well, here they are! True, they are behind frosty glass —but I feel like they are here to stay for awhile. I’m excited about this series and eager to continue pursuing it on panel next month.

Hello flowers. It’s good to see you this winter. Florist’s Window, II.

Florist's_Window_ll_copyright_2014_michaela_harlow_pastel_on_paper_michaelaharlow.com_in_the_studio Florist’s Window II, 2014, on the studio work table

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