Tag Archives: Botanical Drawings – Michaela Harlow

Bouquet in Deep Maroon 

Bouquet in Deep Maroon, 2015 – Graphite, charcoal & soft pastel on 12″ x 14.5″ sanded cotton rag 

 As the botanical drawings grow darker, I find myself thinking more about where I left off with this train of thought years ago (the ‘Broken Flowers’ series). Flowers are complicated subject matter for me. This has always been the case, but never more so than now.

I’m wrestling with fear and the dark side of femininity. Flowers are a big part of that.

Into the unknown 

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Summer Still Life

Summer Still Life, 2015 / Michaela Harlow / Graphite, Chalk Pastel on 14 x 10.5 inch paperSummer Still Life, 2015. Graphite & Chalk Pastel on 14″ x 10.5″ Paper 

Graphite pencil play continues in the studio on these sultry summer days. Things usually start with shades of silvery black and white —chiaroscuro in graphite— and evolve with limited palette of chalk pastel.

I’ve been scaling these up on paper but that really isn’t the support I’m looking for at this point. Something a bit sturdier is in order and I’ve been experimenting without a lot of success. Could this mean a return to raw canvas or linen? Perhaps.


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Scribbled Dahlias 

IMG_2175.JPGScribbled Dahlias, 2015 – Graphite, Charcoal and Chalk Pastel on 30″ x 48″ Paper

Last night I took my artist out on a date. I had a leftover gift certificate to Magpie in Greenfield, MA —perfect amount for one. Recently, I signed a contract to place my work in a new corporate collection. That hasn’t happened since before the Great Recession and I am deeply grateful both for the opportunity and the income provided by the forthcoming sale.

As I sat enjoying my blueberry/peach tart and glass of white wine last night, I marveled at the miracle of modern art consulting. Here I am, a Vermont artist working in the middle of deep forest, selling work to a resort/spa in San Diego, California. The world changes so quickly and yet, happily, so many things remain the same. Thank you, Corey Mercy.

Thank you also to Conswella Moore, Eve Leons and Hannah Blount. I deeply appreciate your support as I venture into the botanical world with this new series of scribbly, energetic drawings. And once again, how amazing to share work with an enthusiastic, online audience from the quiet of a tiny, forested studio.

IMG_2180.JPGScribbling, In Progress

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Late Peonies

 Late Peonies, 2015. Graphite, Charcoal and Chalk Pastel on 14″ x 10.5″ Paper

This is the last of the smaller drawings for now. Scaling up in paper size, but sticking with graphite, charcoal and pastel to keep things loose.

                        Late Peonies in Process 

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