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Thirty in Thirty, 2014: Florist’s Window lll

Florist's_Window_lll_copyright_2014_michaela_harlow_:pastel_on_paper:michaelaharlow.com Florist’s Window III, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 12″ x 12″, pastel on paper (14″ x 17″)

It’s five o’clock and I am sitting with a cup of hot tea in my brightly lit kitchen. Sunlight again. The days are growing longer and my studio hours feel less and less constricted. As much as I love winter, I am happy to see the light return in early morning and late afternoon.

And enough with the floral voyeurism and shop-stalking! I bought a bouquet of fresh tulips from the florist yesterday evening. Their rich apricot-gold color fills me with great happiness. $6.99 well spent.

studio light with 'Florist's Window':copyright 2014 michaelaharlow.com Sunlight in the studio

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Thirty in Thirty, 2014: Florist’s Window ll

Florist's Window ll_copyright_2014_michaela_harlow_pastel_on_paper_michaelaaharlow.comFlorist’s Window II, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 12″ x 12″ pastel on paper (14″ x 17″)

After I finished work on yesterday’s pastel, I immediately started work on this little piece. Frost-covered windows and blossoms obscured beyond glass: suddenly, I am quite obsessed. Flowers. How odd that I almost never paint flowers, and when I do, they are dead or broken. It occurs to me that up until now, I haven’t known what I want to say about them, or how. If you know me well, this is of course, hilarious. Nothing occupies so much of my time —April through November— as flowers!

Of course, for the past few years, my studio hours have been restricted to the winter months. That is about to change dramatically, but it still doesn’t explain why I never use flowers in my work. Well, here they are! True, they are behind frosty glass —but I feel like they are here to stay for awhile. I’m excited about this series and eager to continue pursuing it on panel next month.

Hello flowers. It’s good to see you this winter. Florist’s Window, II.

Florist's_Window_ll_copyright_2014_michaela_harlow_pastel_on_paper_michaelaharlow.com_in_the_studio Florist’s Window II, 2014, on the studio work table

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