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Two for Tuesday & the Beauty of Hemlock

windblown_hemlock_2014:copyright_michaela_harlow:michaelaharlow.com:all_rights_reserved Windblown Hemlock, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – pastel on paper (12″ x 12″ on 17″ x 14″ paper)

It was good to have a bit of time away from the studio these past few days; a mid-day walk along partially-frozen Barton Cove, lunch with an artist friend, unhurried hours spent in the hardware store to restock supplies and browse new arrivals at the florist’s shop, and of course, long hikes in my forest.

I returned to the studio on Monday morning feeling recharged and inspired by time in my enchanted woodland. Hemlock trees have been on my mind lately. This favorite native conifer, the Canandian Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), is the dominant species in my forest, and has inspired much of my work. These gorgeous blue-green trees provide food and habitat for wild inhabitants of the northeastern forest. Hemlock posts and beams also form the framework of my home studio, providing me with warmth and shelter (timbers felled to clear this site were used to create my living and working space). Usually my work focuses on Tsuga remnants. Brown cones, blue-green needles, orange seed casings, and red-brown twigs forming colorful patterns as hemlock debris scatters in wind and settles to the mossy forest floor in vernal pools. When these pools freeze, they fascinate this artist; resulting in hours of entertainment and inspiration for paintings. At the moment I am fascinated by their green, conical form in the winter landscape; both obscured by wind-blown snow and reflected in ice-pools.

reflected_hemlock_2014:copyright_michaela_harlow:michaelaharlow.com:all_rights_reserved Reflected Hemlock, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – pastel on paper (12″ x 12″ on 17″ x 14″ paper)

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Thirty-in-Thirty, Day Seven: Winter Pool IV

Thirty in Thirty Day Seven ⓒ 2013 michaela harlowWinter Pool IV ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 17″ x 14″ – Pastel & Pencil on Paper

Deep in the Winter Forest . . .

 Beyond the stands of beech, a forest of hemlock lines the western edge of my ridge line. It’s a dark and moody place, where winter is deepest. On windy days, this spot is also most protected. This is where the owls haunt, hawks shadow, deer bed, fox lurk, porcupine shelter and squirrels play. I love this place.
Within the hemlock wood, water pools in dips between dark stone ledges, and bright moss shimmers in low sunlight. Looking down, I find time standing still; days and weeks frozen between sheets of ice . . .

Day Seven of Thirty-in-Thirty ⓒ 2013 michaela harlowWinter Pool, IV ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 17″ x 14″ – Pastel & Pencil on Paper

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