Tag Archives: Pastel Painting

Late in November

IMG_1495.JPG Late in November, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Cold Press, Deckle-Edge Paper, 20″ x 16″ 

 With much pre-exhibit prep going on these days, I’ve little time left over to create new work. This piece spans a few days’ time. Finished late this morning between other chores.

Icy-cold wind —more like January than November— has shortened my walks this week. I’m looking forward to the shift in temperatures forecast for Sunday, and the return of more seasonable weather.


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The Bittersweet

IMG_0210.JPG The Bittersweet, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Cold Press, Deckle-Edge Paper, 20″ x 16″

S O L D    –    A R C H I V A L     P R I N T S     A V A I L A B L E

 Twenty years ago this autumn, I hung my first solo exhibit at Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont. It’s hard to say exactly when an artist’s career begins, but I hold 1994 has my professional marker. I can’t remember when I picked up my first box of crayons, but I can tell you that I haven’t put them down for very long since. There have been highs and lows; years of joy and periods of discontent. Life as a painter is often bittersweet, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’ve been trying to think of something special to honor this important milestone. But I realized today that I already am paying tribute in the most serious way possible: by jumping back into my painting career full-time. Most days, I feel like my fingers are on fire. The passion to create new work and explore new directions and connect with new people is so very great. I’ve committed this time, and in many ways, I feel that I am finally just beginning.

IMG_0200.JPG In the studio, my favorite place on earth

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Silver Fish

IMG_9706.JPGSilver Fish, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Coldpress, Deckle-Edge Paper, 20″ x 16″

Yesterday was one of those days you just want to bottle up and save forever. The air was cool, the sky was clear blue and low sunlight played beautifully within the forest’s blazing canopy. After spending many hours in my car on Saturday, I decided to stay put and wander the woodland trails near my studio. Like a child, I need to stop at every little brook and puddle and I still return from the forest with pockets full of sticks, leaves and shining stones.

IMG_9700.JPG In the studio, remembering sparkling, silver glints on an overcast October day.

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Seven Summers Archival Prints Available Soon!

20140823-104214-38534947.jpg Archival Prints of the Seven Summers Series are in Process! 

It’s been pretty quiet on the blog for the past week, but it’s been really busy behind-the-scenes. A great deal of packing and art shipping happened last week. And on Tuesday, I spent the day at Panopticon Imaging in Rockland, Massachusetts (about 5 1/2 hours, round trip, and worth every minute), to have original artwork scanned, and meet with the pros on archival printmaking.

Over the past year or so, I’ve discovered that for many people —even if they love a particular piece— an original pastel or oil painting may not work for their home or professional situation. In an insecure space  —such as a meeting room, lobby, lounge, restaurant, waiting room or other public space— there may be concerns about vandalism/damage to original work or even theft. Prints can reduce or eliminate exposure to loss (prints are usually covered by insurance without an art rider). Other times, original artwork is physically too large for a space, or perhaps the need for a wide-border bridge-mat on a pastel painting is undesirable (and original pastels all require large bridge mats; increasing their physical size). Of course sometimes, the cost of original artwork —or multiple pieces in the case of interior design applications— isn’t in everyone’s budget. I decided that by offering high-quality, archival prints, my artwork will be accessible to a wider audience and can be easily purchased/shipped online. I like that idea!

photo 1 Panopticon Imaging’s Paul Sneyd and I, looking over my original artwork, before it passes through the high resolution scanning process. Photo courtesy of Shannon McDonald.

Archival prints of my work are created from high-resolution scans of the original paintings. Panopticon’s team of skilled photographers and editing experts took the utmost care in accurately reproducing my artwork. I was present during the image editing process and both the color accuracy and textural detail of the scans is phenomenal. In addition, each piece will be printed on cold press, watercolor paper —nearly identical to the type used in creating the original pieces— guaranteeing a beautiful, authentic-looking reproduction.

So, if you’ve always wanted to have one of my pieces in your home or professional space —but your favorite painting was sold or you were deterred by security, size or price— your opportunity is coming soon!

photo 2 Original artwork, preparing for high-resolution scan at Panopticon. Archival prints of these pieces will soon be available in various sizes. Photo courtesy of Shannon McDonald.

After a few road bumps, detours and delays, soon, the online shop will be open and select, archival prints of pastel paintings on cold press paper will be available for sale and shipment. I’m excited to offer archival prints for sale online for the first time ever, and I’ll be starting with the very popular Seven Summers series. Look for a special print give-away and shop details to be announced in an upcoming post as well as on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

A big thank you to Paul, Bruce, Shannon, Chris and Greer at Panopticon Imaging for their professional expertise, efficiency, and beautiful results on this project!

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