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Thirty-in-Thirty: Day Sixteen . . .

Wind-Tousled Grove ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow 16 x 16 - Pastel on Paper

Wind-Tousled Grove ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 16″, Pastel on Paper

Yesterday’s snow storm was truly amazing. Between the two heaviest periods of swirling, moist snow, there was a brief break in the clouds and sunlight appeared. Then later —in the twilight hour just before dark— a low layer of fog draped the forest in a shroud of sheer white. The last traces of sunlight created an eerie atmosphere; glowing flog obscuring the crescent moon and illuminating snow-dappled trees and low-lying scrub. Although they seem all-consuming, in reality these moments are quite fleeting. I try to capture them with my camera, but they are always remembered better in my head . . .

Wind-Tousled Grove ⓒ 2013 michaela harlowSnow-Tousled Grove ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 16″, Pastel on Paper

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Thirty-in-Thirty: Day Fifteen . . .

Red-Ochre Tangle ⓒ 2013 michaela harlowRed-Ochre Tangle ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 16″, Pastel on Paper

Have I mentioned how much I love the snow? Or, more precisely, I should say that I love it when it’s snowing. Snow is quieting. Like fog, snowfall softens and blurs the landscape and mutes the dark colors. It’s as calm and restful as the sea. When it’s snowing, the white can make the colors seem more vivid; or at least they are more intense to me. I love that.

I went for a long walk in the snow today. The property abutting mine has a low, open meadow, bound by hills. In midsummer, I discovered a wild berry patch in this wetland. The ruddy canes are all twisted now, tangled by windblown, wild grass and the dried out stalks of goldenrod. Filled with wild birds and swirling snow, it’s quite a beautiful place to stop for spell . . .

In Progress - Red-Ochre Tangle ⓒ 2013 michaela harlowRed-Ochre Tangle ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 16″, Pastel on Paper

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