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Two for Tuesday: Lace Botanicals . . .

Lace_Botanical_copyright_2014_michaela_harlow_michaelaharlow.comLace Botanical I, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 20″ x 17″, pastel on paper (24″ x 19″)

After the recent ice storm, I discovered more botanical remnants trapped in icy pools, along the garden walkway. Bits of Queen Anne’s Lace and Rodgersia —perhaps caught up and swirled about in winter wind— remind me of fine-woven, tea-stained Venetian lace, stitched to grey-green silk.

 I worked on these multilayered pieces Sunday through today …They took a bit longer than I’d anticipated — hundreds of tiny dots and details— but I’m pleased with the results.

Lace_Botanical_II_2014_pastel_on_paper_copyright_michaelaharlow.com Lace Botanical II, 2014 – Michaela Harlow –  20″ x 17″, pastel on paper (24″ x 19″)

Below is an image of the piece in process (those are broken pastels sitting atop the paper).

Lace_Botanical_II_copyright_2014_michaela_harlow_michaelaharlow.com Lace Botanical II, 2014 (in progress, detail) – Michaela Harlow – 20″ x 17″, pastel on paper (24″ x 19″)

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Two for Tuesday: Winter Vines

winter vines, l, 2014 - copyright - michaela harlow - michaelaharlow.com - all rights reservedWinter Vines I, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 13″ x 9″, pastel on paper (11″ x 15″)

With more than two feet of accumulated snow in my garden, little remains to be seen at ground level. But looking up, bits of paper-thin hops, wisteria, hydrangea vine and clematis catch snow and ice; reflecting pink winter light like crystalline prisms.

winter vines, ll, 2014 - copyright - michaela harlow - michaelaharlow.com - all rights reserved Winter Vines II, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 9″ x 13″, pastel on paper (11″ x 15″)

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Two for Tuesday: Remnants, Burnished & Blackened

Blackened_Remnants_copyright_michaela_harlow_michaelaharlow.com Blackened Remnants, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 15″ x 12″, pastel on paper (17″ x 14″)

As the winter wears on —and the freeze-thaw decomposition takes its toll— icy pools begin to reveal blackened and burnished remnants amongst the brilliant bits of orange and gold. It’s always tempting to step on the paper-thin ice —listen to the crunch on a snappy-cold day.

Burnished_Remnants_copyright_michaela_harlow_michaelaharlow.comBurnished Remnants, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 12″, pastel on paper (17″ x 14″)

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Two for Tuesday & the Beauty of Hemlock

windblown_hemlock_2014:copyright_michaela_harlow:michaelaharlow.com:all_rights_reserved Windblown Hemlock, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – pastel on paper (12″ x 12″ on 17″ x 14″ paper)

It was good to have a bit of time away from the studio these past few days; a mid-day walk along partially-frozen Barton Cove, lunch with an artist friend, unhurried hours spent in the hardware store to restock supplies and browse new arrivals at the florist’s shop, and of course, long hikes in my forest.

I returned to the studio on Monday morning feeling recharged and inspired by time in my enchanted woodland. Hemlock trees have been on my mind lately. This favorite native conifer, the Canandian Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), is the dominant species in my forest, and has inspired much of my work. These gorgeous blue-green trees provide food and habitat for wild inhabitants of the northeastern forest. Hemlock posts and beams also form the framework of my home studio, providing me with warmth and shelter (timbers felled to clear this site were used to create my living and working space). Usually my work focuses on Tsuga remnants. Brown cones, blue-green needles, orange seed casings, and red-brown twigs forming colorful patterns as hemlock debris scatters in wind and settles to the mossy forest floor in vernal pools. When these pools freeze, they fascinate this artist; resulting in hours of entertainment and inspiration for paintings. At the moment I am fascinated by their green, conical form in the winter landscape; both obscured by wind-blown snow and reflected in ice-pools.

reflected_hemlock_2014:copyright_michaela_harlow:michaelaharlow.com:all_rights_reserved Reflected Hemlock, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – pastel on paper (12″ x 12″ on 17″ x 14″ paper)

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