Tag Archives: Abstract Landscape

‘Land Marks’ Through June 17th, 2017 at West Branch Gallery

L   A   N   D        M   A   R   K   S  

J  A  N  E  T     F  R  E  D  E  R  I  C  K  S      &      M  I  C  H  A  E  L  A     H  A  R  L  O  W

W E S T     B R A N C H     G A L L E R Y     &     S C U L P T U R E     P A R K

M A R C H    2 5    –     J U N E     1 7 ,     2 0 1 7

O P E N I N G     R E C E P T I O N:    M A R C H    2 5 th ,    2 0 1 7     6  –  8  P. M.

1 7      T O W N E      F A R M      L A N E

S T O W E ,    V E R M O N T

Two Vermont artists explore abstract landscapes on macro and micro scales in a variety of mediums, pushing references to the natural environment behind graphic mark-making.


Posted in Exhibits, Uncategorized Also tagged , , , , , |


Michaela Harlow, Easterly, 2016, OIl, Graphite and Pencil on Constructed PanelEasterly, 2016, Oil, Graphite and Pencil on 12″ x 24″ Constructed Wood Panel

New Year’s Day began in the studio with this piece. Although finished yesterday, the underpainting began at mid-day on January 1st. They say that the way you spend the first day of the year sets the tone for the remaining 364. If so, this will be a productive year.

I’ve never been one for resolutions but I am definitely a goal-setter. A lifetime of self employment has taught me that without co-workers, supervisors and evaluations, I need to find ways to make myself accountable to my art. I like to have targets and goal posts to remind me of where I am going, what I’ve accomplished and what’s left to do. The process helps me to organize my process and motivates me to take steps on my path every day.

One of this year’s goals is to scale up dramatically. Next week I plan to shop for larger supports.

Posted in Oil on Panel, Winter Paintings Also tagged , , , , , , , |


Michaela Harlow, Rise, 2015, Oil, Graphite and Pencil on Constructed Wood PanelRise, 2016. Oil, Graphite and Pencil on 16″ x 16″ Constructed Wood Panel

I wasn’t going to post this painting. Yesterday was a rough one and sleep evaded me last night. I really struggled through my day. I must have created and destroyed this piece a dozen times. Objectivity is not my strong suit when I am physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. But something told me to stop. Just stop.

Then I got an email from a friend who also happens to own one of my paintings. She was looking at the piece and saw it in a completely new way. Suddenly the ugly voice in my head was silenced. I remembered that I know what I am doing. Then I went back to my painting, snapped a photo and called it a day.


Posted in Oil on Panel, Winter Paintings Also tagged , , , , , |

This Wild Abandon 

Michaela Harlow, This Wild Abandon, 2015, Oil and Graphite on Wood Panel This Wild Abandon, 2015, Oil and Graphite on 9″ x 36″ Wood Panel (Triptych)

An old, neglected orchard. A grey, windswept horizon. Seeking solace in this wild abandon.

Posted in Oil on Panel Also tagged , , , , |