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Thirty-in-Thirty: Day Three . . .

Thirty in Thirty 2012 Day Three ⓒ 2013 michaela harlowUntitled #3 ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow -16″ x 16″ Pastel & Pencil on Paper

 This is the third piece in a trio of paintings, completed over the past three days. All of the beech leaf paintings are 16″ x 16″, pastel/pencil on paper. This afternoon, I started on a different series.

Thirty in Thirty 2012 Day Three ⓒ 2013 michaela harlow

Untitled #3 ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow -16″ x 16″ Pastel & Pencil on Paper

My work time was a bit disjointed; start and stop today. Driving back to the studio from Barton Cove early this morning, I discovered that it snowed in the hills overnight. It was slippery on the highway and there were many cars off the road. I made it halfway up my hilltop driveway and ended up jack-knifed on the hair-pin turn. Sounds like the name of a Johnny Cash album, doesn’t it?

Now that the adventure is over and my car is out, I have just enough time to post my entry for the day. I was hoping to make a run into town for a few soft, white pastel sticks. Not quite enough time. The stark beauty and quiet seclusion of winter in Vermont is fantastic inspiration for my work, but the demands of self-sufficient living in such an extreme environment often eat away at my creative time. Today’s events presented another strong reminder of the tenuous balance between the pull of two poles.

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Thirty-in-Thirty: Day Two …

Thirty in Thirty 2013 Day Two ⓒ 2013 michaela harlow

Untitled #2 ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow -16″ x 16″ Pastel & Pencil on Paper

Thirty-in-Thirty, day two. Yesterday afternoon, I started on my second piece in what will likely be a trio of frozen, winter beech leaf paintings. I finished the one above this morning (complete below), and now I’m starting work on a third.

As the leaves of this tree age, they blonde out in the winter sun. Some are blown off by wind or fall to the ground, and the remainder hang on the tree until spring, when they are pushed out by newly emerging leaves. Right now —depending upon where they are located— the color of beech leaves varies from rich, warm orange to rust, wheat and blonde. They are particularly beautiful between layers of thin ice in and amongst the ledges…

thirty in thirty 2013, day two ⓒ 2013 michaela harlowUntitled #2 ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow -16″ x 16″ Pastel & Pencil on Paper

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Thirty-in-Thirty 2013: Day One . . .

New Work l January 2013 ⓒ michaela harlowUntitled #1 ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow -16″ x 16″ Pastel & Pencil on Paper

Early start in the studio today. Working in silence. Unusual. Typically I focus on music to hold a mood and quiet the noise in my head —not so today. Light snow falling outside. Wind blowing. Small flock of turkey foraging on the back terrace.

No awkward start today. Hungry for studio time. I’ve been starving for months.

Beech leaves are the brightest color in the forest now. i notice them on the ground —shaken free by snow, wind, red squirrels— ghosted & frozen between sheer sheets of ice.

Thirty-in-Thirty 2013 - First Day in the Studio - ⓒ michaela harlowUntitled #1 ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow -16″ x 16″ Pastel & Pencil on Paper

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