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Kettle Hole Bog

IMG_0854.JPGKettle Hole Bog, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Cold Press, Deckle-Edge Paper, 20″ x 16″ 

Kettle Holes are geological features formed when chunks of glacial ice separate from the main flow by breaking off and subsequently melting. New England has many ponds, swamps and bogs that originally formed in this manner, during the glacial age. I love exploring wetlands in autumn and the kettle hole bogs in Western Massachusetts —particularly those surrounded by wild laurel, native azalea and brilliant red, highbush blueberry— are some of my favorites haunts at this time of year. The combination of blue-green algae, red to rust foliage and watery reflections provides great inspiration.

IMG_0844.JPG In the studio with turquoise and rusty red reflections

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Keyhole Swamp

IMG_0069.JPG  Keyhole Swamp, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Coldpress, Deckle-Edge Paper, 20″ x 16″

Somedays —especially when exploring lowlands after heavy rains— my hikes are somewhat more akin to wading. When I am mindful of the wetness, I prepare by pulling on my mud boots. Unfortunately, I tend to have a more spontaneous personality. I’ve been known to wander around snow-drifts in slippers, just to catch the right light with my camera. At this time of year, there are times when I’m driving back from Gill in the early morning hours, still gussied up with pretty boots from the night before. I really shouldn’t own such things, but I do, and I disrespect them for my art. I spot a turquoise swamp, shimmering in light, and off I go into the muck. Perhaps it’s time to stick an extra pair of waders in the car.

In addition to this nonsense, there’s all sorts of news to report . . .Bits and pieces of things going on when not painting. I’ve been spending more time in the Boston area lately, and this will continue as I am joining a new gallery on Harrison Avenue, in the heart of Boston’s SoWa Arts District. I’m pretty excited to be seeing more of my artist friends in eastern Massachusetts, and showing my work in a nearby, urban area. I’ll be posting more information about this in the coming weeks and months.

IMG_0073.JPG Giving a finger-tip brush to the surface before beginning today, after fixative has dried overnight. And while on the subject of Boston art, that glorious chunk of poppy jasper on my hand is the ‘To Autumn Ring’, created by Boston artist & fellow Keats enthusiast, Kerin Scales. 

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