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Thirty in Thirty, 2014: Fractured Beech ll

Fractured-Beech, 2014:Michaela_Harlow:Pastel_on_Paper:michaelaharlow.comFractured Beech II, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 15″ x 20″, pastel & pencil on paper (19″ x 24″)

Winter returned today; giant, pom-pom snowflakes, swirling like madness outside my windows. Unable to find clear ice, I spent the early morning looking over my frozen puddle snapshots to help refresh my memory. Although my paintings look quite different from my photographs, they often assist my process. Quick snapshots serve as excellent field notes; helping me recall detail or feeling after days, months or even years pass. Sometimes my visual notes assist with composition, fine details, mood or color. As I learn more and more about photography and creative editing, I find the relationship between these two forms of expression is becoming blurrier and blurrier.

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Thirty-in-Thirty: Day Fifteen . . .

Red-Ochre Tangle ⓒ 2013 michaela harlowRed-Ochre Tangle ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 16″, Pastel on Paper

Have I mentioned how much I love the snow? Or, more precisely, I should say that I love it when it’s snowing. Snow is quieting. Like fog, snowfall softens and blurs the landscape and mutes the dark colors. It’s as calm and restful as the sea. When it’s snowing, the white can make the colors seem more vivid; or at least they are more intense to me. I love that.

I went for a long walk in the snow today. The property abutting mine has a low, open meadow, bound by hills. In midsummer, I discovered a wild berry patch in this wetland. The ruddy canes are all twisted now, tangled by windblown, wild grass and the dried out stalks of goldenrod. Filled with wild birds and swirling snow, it’s quite a beautiful place to stop for spell . . .

In Progress - Red-Ochre Tangle ⓒ 2013 michaela harlowRed-Ochre Tangle ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 16″, Pastel on Paper

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Thirty-in-Thirty: Day Fourteen . . .

blue mountain ⓒ 2013 michaela harlow

Blue Mountain, 2013 Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 16″ Pastel on Paper

This morning, I took a little trip into the Twilight Zone known as my storage room, looking for a few older pieces at the request of a dear friend and collector. I don’t spend a great deal of time looking through my archive, and boy is it ever in need of organization. The experience was so frustrating that I have vowed to change my ways. Most of the work in deep storage is poorly labeled and quite disorganized. Shame. Shame. Shame.

I often joke that all I really want in life is Batman’s faithful assistant, Alfred. I just watched the latest in the series and discovered that the two did part ways in “The Dark Night Rises”. So maybe Alfred is available? Oh how I wish. At the start of winter, I made a resolution to get better about cataloging and organizing my artwork. Alfred would be a great help with this project!

blue mountains ⓒ 2013 michaela harlowBlue Mountain, 2013 Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 16″ Pastel on Paper

In meantime, I happen to notice that Mt. Grace is looking rather blue in the distance today; rusty orange beech leaves, hanging on in the foreground make her seem even more so. I haven’t been allowing myself many landscapes lately, but this week I seem to be having a change of heart.

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Thirty-in-Thirty: Day Ten . . .

Where the Wind Took Them, I ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow

Where the Wind Took Them ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 17″ x 14″,  Pastel, Charcoal & Pencil on Paper

Electricity. Light. A good night’s sleep. Work is going much easier today . . .

Wind and water are constantly moving things around in the natural world. I notice this more in winter. Perhaps it’s the snow-white canvas? I also notice the tracks of animals and fallen objects, like feathers.

I move things around when I work; sometimes for convenience and sometimes for a change in perspective. In the end, I usually find myself back at the beginning.

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I think that I spun this piece around four times in total. I needed to position myself and the paper in different angles to capture the frozen motion I observed when I stumbled upon this group of seed pods in ice-glazed meltwater.

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