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Ice Breaker

Ice Breaker, 2015, 24 x 24, Oil and Oil Bar on Panel, Michaela Harlow, michaelaharlow.com Ice Breaker, 2015 – Michaela Harlow – 24″ x 24″, Oil & Oil Bar on Panel

Growth is always thrilling, often stressful, frequently challenging and never comfortable. It’s so easy to do the same thing over and over, but that’s plateauing, not growing.

I’m often demanding and impatient with myself. I need to work on that and learn to trust the natural rhythm. The answers always come.

Breaking the Ice, michaelaharlow.com Words are spoken …Then silence. Say something, anything, to break the ice.

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New Work on Paper: “Last Leaves” Triptych…

“Last Leaves” I – ⓒ 2011 Michaela Harlow (Pastel on Paper)

“Last Leaves” II – ⓒ 2011 Michaela Harlow (Pastel on Paper)

“Last Leaves” III – ⓒ 2011 Michaela Harlow (Pastel on Paper)

This triptych”Last Leaves” I, II & III is part of a larger “Last Leaves” series. The freeze-thaw reveals ghosts of past seasons —half decayed and stuck to mud— ephemeral layers beneath sheer, blue-grey-white ice. Like the last group, these pieces are pastel painting on bristol vellum (19″ x 24″ paper, with the paintings measuring roughly 16″ x 16″. Pastels are all mounted with bridge matt and framed behind glass, because they are so fragile.

I’ve been listening to Hungarian folk singer, Márta Sebestyén. She’s one of my favorite vocalists; probably best known in the US for her work on The English Patient soundtrack (Én Csak Azt Csodálom is my favorite mournful lullaby of all time) but, her music is much more diverse. This is a link to her performing Farewell to Shabbat, and for a totally different sound, this is a link to her performing with Deep Forest.


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