Tag Archives: Michaela Harlow – Oil Painting

What Would the Brook Trout Say?

What Would the Brook Trout Say, 24x26, oil on panel, copyright michaela harlow, 2015 “What Would the Brook Trout Say?” 2015 – Michaela Harlow – Oil & Oilbar on Panel, 24″ x 36″

My love of the Brook Trout is deeply connected to childhood memory. Small streams run through woodland dreams. Flashes of silvery light. Mucky banks and high, black boots. The smell of leaf mold and damp earth. Stepping on my father’s shadow and the warmth of sunlight on my face.

(More on the Brook Trout and its habitat can be found at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website, here. Specific information on their wetland environmental healthy habitat needs and threats can be found here. and information about critical, riparian buffers and corridors can be found here.)

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Thirty in Thirty, 2014: Freezing Fog

Freezing Fog - Copyright 2014 - Michaela Harlow - michaelaharlow.com Freezing Fog, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 24″ x 24″, oil on panel

This year’s thirty-in-thirty studio challenge has begun with an alla prima oil painting. The challenge is thirty straight days of studio work, with accompanying online journal posts. Usually, I begin January’s thirty-in-thirty with a pastel painting or drawing, but this year, I felt like leaping straight into the oils.

If you are unfamiliar with the alla prima method (Italian for ‘at first attempt’), it is simply a direct form of painting where the work is created in one session; layer upon layer of wet paint. I start early in the day with an oil bar sketch, and then build layers of oil paint on top of this drawing, throughout the day. Colors are kept ‘clean’ by using many brushes and wiping them between brushstrokes.

January 2014 - Work in Progress - Michaela Harlow (preliminary sketch for Freezing Fog, completed early this morning)

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