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September Light & Studio Days

IMG_8086.JPG Packing & Shipping Prints Today

The first week of September has been a busy time in the studio. My online gallery is now open —with PayPal link working!— and select pastel prints are available for purchase. Today I am shipping out the first three to head off to new homes. It’s exciting.

There’s a nip in the air this morning and the light is shifting. It’s my favorite time of the year and I always feel energized by the change of seasons. I’ve been back in the kayak quite a bit over the past week, and I made a quick trip to the coast —and a short, Plum Island visit— in a friend’s Citabria. I love looking down at the great expanse of marshes and gemstone hues of sea water. It was great fun, and I posted some images on Instagram (click here). Seems my obsession with the birds eye perspective and aerial photography isn’t going away. I’m filled with all sorts of inspiration and ideas.

But for now, I need to run out and do a bit of shipping. I’ll be back again soon! And if you get a chance, please check out the online gallery and let me know what you think! I’ll be adding more prints and original works soon.

IMG_8095.JPGLate Day Light, Plum Island Marshlands, Massachusetts 

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Thirty-in-Thirty, Day Eighteen: January Sun

January Sun ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow - 16 x 16, Pastel on PaperJanuary Sun ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 16″, Pastel on Paper

This morning’s wake up call came from my cat when she leapt from the bed toward the wall of northwest windows. It was well before sunrise, but bright enough to reveal what caught her attention. Just beyond the garden, a fox hid, crouched behind the bare branches of viburnum. Before I could react, the fox swiftly attacked its prey and in a moment it was over. Then, in a streaky red-orange blur, the skillful hunter carried its catch to the open slope. What did it take? In the half light, a long, fluffy tail dangled from the fox’s jaws. It was a gray squirrel. At the moment I recognized this, another flash of movement caught my eye. To the left, a large hawk —perhaps hunting the same prey— retreated to the cover of a tall pine.

If you know me, you know well that I am a friend of the squirrel. Having rescued, raised and released an orphaned kit in 2011, the red squirrel in particular is quite close to my heart. But if you’ve known me a long time, and very well, you know of my deep connection to the fox and its cousin coyote. I respect the ways of nature. To see predator and prey in action —admiring the beauty and strength of each species— was very powerful. The fox prevailed —swift and efficient— taking what she needed to survive and nothing more. After her success, the cat-like canine rolled playfully in the snow, soaking up the first rays of early morning sun.

January Sun Specks ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow - 16 x 16, Pastel on PaperJanuary Sun ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 16″, Pastel on Paper

My friend M sent me a special gift from Albuquerque last month. The creation of New Mexico artist Lauren Tobey, a squirrel vertebra cast in silver now hangs round my wrist, suspended by thin strips of leather. M tells me that the skeleton was found in a garden —bleached white in complete perfection— and given to the artist for her work. I feel the squirrel’s spirit today as I remember events from the morning.

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Thirty-in-Thirty: Day Twelve . . .

Where the Wind Took Them lll ⓒ michaela harlowWhere the Wind Took Them, lll ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 17″ x 14″, Pastel, Charcoal & Pencil on Paper

Third in “Where the Wind Took Them” series. I finished early this afternoon and thought about starting another piece but changed my mind and decided on some fresh air and exercise instead.

Good to end Sunday on a satisfied note.

where the wind took them lll ⓒ 2013 michaela harlowWhere the Wind Took Them lll ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 17″ x 14″, Pastel, Charcoal & Pencil on Paper

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Thirty-in-Thirty: Day Ten . . .

Where the Wind Took Them, I ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow

Where the Wind Took Them ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 17″ x 14″,  Pastel, Charcoal & Pencil on Paper

Electricity. Light. A good night’s sleep. Work is going much easier today . . .

Wind and water are constantly moving things around in the natural world. I notice this more in winter. Perhaps it’s the snow-white canvas? I also notice the tracks of animals and fallen objects, like feathers.

I move things around when I work; sometimes for convenience and sometimes for a change in perspective. In the end, I usually find myself back at the beginning.

day ten

I think that I spun this piece around four times in total. I needed to position myself and the paper in different angles to capture the frozen motion I observed when I stumbled upon this group of seed pods in ice-glazed meltwater.

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