Category Archives: Work on Paper

Weekend Work: Freeze & Thaw

Freeze & Thaw, 2014 Freeze & Thaw, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 15″ x 12″, Pastel on Handmade Paper 

This week, inventory, image uploads, pricing, gallery research and panel prepping have occupied the bulk of my time. There have been a number of changes to the ‘Work on Panel’ page; including newly formatted images and updated inventory with titles, dates and sizes. More work will be added as images are available. I’ve also begun to update the ‘Work on Panel’ page. Pricing is not included on the gallery pages, as I discovered a quirk in the template which will only allow me to create pricing with thumbnail images. I don’t want to sacrifice online viewing, so eventually, there will be a separate page for pricing/availability on the ‘Purchase’ page.

Saturday afternoon and Sunday were largely devoted to studio work. One of the pieces I created, ‘Freeze & Thaw’, was painted in pastel on handmade, deckle edged paper. As promised, below is a photo of the edges. The texture of this paper is quite rough —recommended for use with watercolors and other wet media— demanding that I press and blend the pigments in order to work them deeply into the surface. It’s interesting how something as simple as a change in paper can create such different results.

Freeze & Thaw, 2014 (Deckle Edge Revealed) These new, deckle-edged pieces will demand a different matting and framing style

Saturday (Sunday) Smalls: March Reflections

March_Reflections_copyright_2014_michaelaharlow March Reflections, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 11″ x 9″ pastel on paper  (15″ x 11″)

Saturday Smalls special pricing through March 20, 2014: $475 (bridge matt & shipping included)

Saturday smalls on Sunday? Well, this week, yes. I ran into some technical difficulties with my internet connection and couldn’t upload this image. So here we are, just a wee bit late.

I’m happy to see the seasons change, but at the same time, I’m incredibly nervous about maintaining balance between my work as a garden designer and my life as an artist. I am committed to establishing regular studio hours this spring, and need to develop skills for holding strong boundaries.

March Reflections - studio worktable

Also posted in Saturday Smalls, Winter Paintings

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 – 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, 2014 (in progress, detail) – Michaela Harlow – 20″ x 17″, pastel on paper (24″ x 19″)

Also posted in Seeing, Studio, Two for Tuesday, Winter Paintings

Saturday Smalls: Encased Vines

Encased_Vine_copyright_2014_michaela_harlow_michaelaharlow.comEncased Vines, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 11″ x 9″ pastel on paper  (15″ x 11″)

Saturday Smalls special pricing through March 20, 2014: $475 (bridge matt & shipping included)

Another in the ongoing ‘Winter Vines’ series, this piece came to me after I found a large section of tangled remnants fallen into frozen meltwater. The freeze-thaw process leaves sections of vines and leafy remnants visible, and other parts clouded or concealed by snow and sleet-crusted layers. Beautiful to explore when the temperatures are warm enough as they are this weekend. Perhaps spring is not so far away, after all.

Also posted in Saturday Smalls, Studio, Winter Paintings