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New Look for the Homepage . . .

For the past couple of weeks or so, I’ve been focusing my energies on behind-the-scenes work. The tasks-at-hand have been the preparation of small, plywood panels for oil painting and updates to the main website: re-formatting, editing and uploading a selection of images to the site’s homepage. A group of works on paper —dating from 2012-2014— are featured in a revolving slide-show format. I will be creating different slideshow galleries of work on paper, panel, etc. and rotating the homepage exhibit throughout the year. Let me know what you think of the new look. Simultaneously, I am working behind the scenes on a gallery-style program with price lists and availability. This will be linked to Paypal and future gallery sites for collectors to make a purchase/place a deposit, or order prints when available.

I’m also in the process of selecting images for spring mailers. Some of you may recall these cards from past shows and open studio events. Do you have a favorite painting that you would like to see featured on a card? I plan to print at least four this year —featuring perhaps two oils and two pastels— and I’d love your input on the selection!

panel_prep...New birch panels being assembled with floating, back frames

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Priming Panels & Buying Fresh Flowers

priming panels in the studioThe scent of fresh hyacinth blossoms makes even the most mundane of studio tasks —priming and sanding panels this week— seem like a special event

Though the days are getting longer and lighter —and thankfully, clocks spring forward over the weekend— this long, cold winter just keeps hanging on. And with walkways and a drive frozen solid with glare ice, it’s hard to get outside for a walk, never mind a hike or run.

There’s so much to do in the studio right now, and that little bit of motivational, morning exercise is sorely missed.  In order to stay focused during the more mundane days and grey weather, I continue to invest in fresh flowers. This week’s selection: hyacinth. The soft, sweet fragrance helped push me through the first wave of panel priming today. Smalls are all set and ready for back frames, and now it’s time to get started on some larger sizes. Thank goodness for flowers.


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Forward March: New Month, New Goals & Schedule

Last_Leaves_Triptych_Part_One_copyright_Michaela_Harlow_michaelaharlow.comLast Leaves Triptych, Part I, 2011 – 16″ x 16″, pastel on paper (24″ x 19″)

As March begins, and my email inbox begins to fill with garden design requests and myriad other responsibilities, the need for a solid studio schedule and clearly defined boundaries is becoming more and more critical. In 2014, my first priority is my artwork. In order to reach this year’s goals, I need to set aside specific studio days to continue painting and additional days for attending to professional tasks (such as maintaining this website and blog). I also need to schedule days outside the studio to travel and explore; to see other artist’s work and research exhibition opportunities. I am planning to devote two to three days out of every Sunday through Wednesday, to art this year. And at least one of those four days will be reserved for recharging my creative batteries.

 ‘Saturday Smalls’ blog posts will continue through March 20th. Thereafter, Sunday will become a studio journaling day, for the remainder of this month. Wednesdays will become my second, dedicated posting day, from this week onward. If this schedule works, my plan is to continue posting on Sundays and Wednesdays, throughout the spring and summer months. Weekend blog posts will feature new work, and mid-week postings will vary in theme. Gilded Remnants I, 2013 -16″ x 16″, pastel on paper (24″ x 19″)

Today’s post gives a little peek at my recent, behind-the-scenes work. Beyond painting, panel cutting, priming, mat cutting and supply ordering, the somewhat daunting task of cataloging three years of artwork has been consuming many hours. I many cases, I am re-photographing paintings or resizing/formatting photos, cataloging and watermarking images, and checking sizes and dates for accurate inventory on this site. I’m also still pricing work. There’s so much to do. Eventually, the main part of the website will have a new look and complete gallery pages. Today’s post offers a peek at some of the reformatted images from the collection of artwork available here at the studio. Green Mountain Slope, 2012 – 20″ x 15″, pastel on paper (24″ x 19″)

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Two for Tuesday & the Beauty of Hemlock 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 – Michaela Harlow – pastel on paper (12″ x 12″ on 17″ x 14″ paper)

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