Tag Archives: Abstract Landscape Painting

Black Birch Cross

Michaela Harlow, Black Birch Cross, 2015, Oil, Graphite and Pencil on Wood Panel Black Birch Cross, 2015, Oil, Graphite and Pencil on 12″ x 12″ Wood Panel

Yesterday’s snow storm turned into more of an ice event: beautiful and treacherous. I awoke to find trees and shrubs covered with some of the most incredible hoarfrost —long, spiky and thorn-like— that I’ve ever seen. Early outdoor explorations proved somewhat daunting, though. I spent more time on the ground than standing up and driving into town to run errands was out of the question.

I put my camera away and spent the day working on a small piece inspired by a recent hike along a nearby ridge line. Later, after more gritty precipitation made walking possible, I went back out to explore before nightfall.

Black Birch Cross in Progress Work in progress

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Wayward Wind

Michaela Harlow, Wayward Wind, 2015, Oil and Graphite on 8" x 24" Wood Panel (Triptych)Wayward Wind, 2015, Oil and Graphite on 8″ x 24″ Wood Panel (Triptych)

There’s a restlessness in the air. Perhaps the wind stirs a primitive, instinctive urge to migrate. I watch the flocking birds and think about time.

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November Rise

Michaela Harlow, November Rise, 2015, Oil and Graphite on 8" x 20" Wood PanelNovember Rise, 2015, Oil and Graphite on 8″ x 20″ Wood Panel (Diptych)

 I always forget how much I love November. Then, when the late autumn arrives I rediscover the beautiful sound of wind in bare trees; the bumping of tree trunks and rattle of bare branches. Lines and shapes reappear on the horizon. And the sky. There’s the sky again, all grey and pink and violet. November is moody and complicated. We understand one another quite well.

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Thirty-in-Thirty: Day Twenty One

Winter Wind ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow

Winter Wind ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 16″ – Pastel & Pencil on Paper

Today was very cold and blustery, but the sun came out, illuminating swirling clouds of fine snow. The landscape looks soft, in spite of the biting conditions outside my door (beautiful to look at, but not so fun to walk in). I spent most of my day indoors, working in the studio.

I finished this piece early in the afternoon and continued work on an oil painting. Next month I will be focusing on larger works in oil on panel, and reducing my studio time and blog posts to three or perhaps four per week. I feel like I’m ready to jump off the paper.

Winter Wind Winter Wind ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow - Pastel & Pencil on Paper (matted)

Winter Wind ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 16″ – Pastel & Pencil on Paper (matting a few to check fits)

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