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Ephemerals l


Ephemerals I, 2015 – 12″ x 12″, oil on wood panel

I started this piece yesterday and broke with it for a picnic in the park. Yes, I said that. How long has it been since someone surprised me with a picnic of treats and chilled rosé? Thank you so much, Jen. Greatly appreciated during a stressful time.

I then visited my friend Ray Ruseckas’ exhibit at The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. An extraordinary collection of pastels by a talented artist. Ray is an artist’s artist; one devoted to process, exploration and mastery of medium. Glad to see it and looking forward to July and more museum exploration.

I returned to work this morning to find the primary layer of this piece dried & ready for completion. So good to have these low-humidity, long summer days.


On the studio floor, working the layers


In a different light, out in the garden

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Thirty-in-Thirty 2013: Day One . . .

New Work l January 2013 ⓒ michaela harlowUntitled #1 ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow -16″ x 16″ Pastel & Pencil on Paper

Early start in the studio today. Working in silence. Unusual. Typically I focus on music to hold a mood and quiet the noise in my head —not so today. Light snow falling outside. Wind blowing. Small flock of turkey foraging on the back terrace.

No awkward start today. Hungry for studio time. I’ve been starving for months.

Beech leaves are the brightest color in the forest now. i notice them on the ground —shaken free by snow, wind, red squirrels— ghosted & frozen between sheer sheets of ice.

Thirty-in-Thirty 2013 - First Day in the Studio - ⓒ michaela harlowUntitled #1 ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow -16″ x 16″ Pastel & Pencil on Paper

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