Category Archives: Thirty-in-Thirty 2014

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″)

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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_in_the_studio:copyright_2014_michaela_harlow:michaelaharlow.com Winter Window on the studio work table

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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.

Late_January_light_in_the_studio:michaelaharlow.com Bright light, drying work and fresh flowers in the studio entryway

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Thirty in Thirty, 2014: Florist’s Window lll

Florist's_Window_lll_copyright_2014_michaela_harlow_:pastel_on_paper:michaelaharlow.com Florist’s Window III, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 12″ x 12″, pastel on paper (14″ x 17″)

It’s five o’clock and I am sitting with a cup of hot tea in my brightly lit kitchen. Sunlight again. The days are growing longer and my studio hours feel less and less constricted. As much as I love winter, I am happy to see the light return in early morning and late afternoon.

And enough with the floral voyeurism and shop-stalking! I bought a bouquet of fresh tulips from the florist yesterday evening. Their rich apricot-gold color fills me with great happiness. $6.99 well spent.

studio light with 'Florist's Window':copyright 2014 michaelaharlow.com Sunlight in the studio

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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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Thirty in Thirty, 2014: Florist’s Window

The_Florist's_Window:Copyright_2014_Michaela_Harlow:pastel_on_paper:michaelaharlow.com Florist’s Window, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 12″ x 12″, pastel on paper (14″ x 17″)

It’s a cold, cold January day. Return of the Polar Vortex. Shop windows in town are covered with frost. A door swings open and shut on the busy street and a steamy blast of warm, moist air carries the scent of springtime. I turn around and stop dead in my tracks; mesmerized by the blurry, misty world behind crystalline condensation. There, just beyond the glass …Tulips the color of ripe, August peaches and honey. My fingers fumble for the iPhone and it’s nowhere to be found. But that’s OK. How can I forget this?

Florist’s Window.

Florist's_Window_2014_Copyright_Michaela_Harlow_pastel_on_paper_michaelaharlow.com Florist’s Window, 2014 – Michaela Harlow- 12″ x 12″, pastel on paper (14″ x 17″)

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