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Field Notes from Early March

Michaela Harlow, Early March Traverse, Graphite and Soft Pastel on Paper, 15 x 12Early March Traverse, 2016, Graphite and Soft Pastel on 15″ x 12″ Handmade Paper 

Having a really, really, long, steep driveway has many disadvantages in winter. The weather that inspires so much of my work —rain, ice, freeze/thaw, swirling flurries— is the complete enemy of traction. I’ve sanded my driveway more times than I care to count (gathering 8-12 buckets from the town yard and sprinkling by hand as I back up). However, there are distinct advantages. When I’m unable to drive to the top of my hill, I am forced to hike up and down or groom the road; good for my health and excellent for natural observation.

A couple of favorite drawings from the week.

Michaela Harlow, The Light of Spring, 2016, Graphite and Soft Pastel on Paper 15 x 12The Light of Spring, 2016, Graphite and Soft Pastel on 15″ x 12″ Handmade Paper 

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Thirty-in-Thirty: Day Seventeen

Winter's Hush ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow

Winter’s Hush ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 16″, Pastel & Pencil on Paper

When it’s snowing, the world outside my door is deliciously quiet. A walk in falling snow is beautifully calm and peaceful. All of the buzzes and beeps and clangs and rings —the noisy demands of everyday life— disappear, and the softness envelops me and silences my chattering thoughts.

Why do I do thirty-in-thirty? I do this because it brings me back to my artist self and it brings me back to my process. It is a meditation and a practice. In truth, this is more about losing myself and finding myself again than it is about the art I create. I need winter’s hush.

Winter's Hush ⓒ 2013 michaela harlow - 16 x 16, pastel on paper

ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 16″, Pastel & Pencil on Paper

This piece began yesterday afternoon, after I completed ‘Snow-Tousled Grove’. I started early in the studio today and finished up the last layer of ‘Winter’s Hush’ this morning.

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