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Autumn Rain


Autumn Rain, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Cold Press, Deckle-Edge Paper, 20″ x 16″

O R I G I N A L    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

I started on this piece yesterday afternoon —all luminous grey, turquoise and ochre— and thought about it while my coffee brewed this morning. Even at 7am, it was still too dark to begin painting. It feels like the daylight hours are slipping away, and it creates a certain kind of urgency in me. I feel compelled to begin work as early as possible. In summer, I’m up by 5am. These days, I’m dragging out of bed into the 6am darkness.

I’m a tangle of emotion today.

IMG_0144-0.JPG Darker when wet, one of the tricks to working with fixative is knowing when the saturation of color is right. Today I found a pleasing balance and walked away.

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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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