Tag Archives: Winter Paintings

Winter Sings a Song to Springtime

Michaela Harlow, Winter Sings a Song to Springtime, 2016, 3' x 2', oil and graphite on panel Winter Sings a Song to Springtime, 2016, Oil & Graphite on 3′ x 2′ Wood Panel (click image to enlarge)

Spring is in the air and the light is changing. Migratory birds are everywhere, filling the morning with a cacophony of sweet sound. Sheets of ice melt away beneath the warmth of late winter sun, mirroring a change of season. The time has come for rebirth and renewal

Winter sings a song to springtime. A sweet, sad song; filled with melancholy notes of lonliness and longing. A song of anticipation and surrender. A beautiful goodbye.

Michaela Harlow, Painting Process Two A peek at my process on this time-consuming piece

Painting large-scale, layered oil paintings takes up large blocks of time and space. Finding a span of uninterrupted days can be challenging. However in late winter, with icy/snowy/muddy roads to contend with, it’s a little easier to carve out time in my schedule and hunker down in the studio. But space? Oh space. Working on the floor has many advantages, but walking around is not one of them. I thought I’d give a bit of a peek at my process in this post (images previously posted on Instagram with many related photos of melting ice along the river).

I am very pleased with this piece and expect to continue on this series over the coming weeks.

Michaela Harlow, Painting Process This piece began with sheer layers of orange and grey-violet oil paint. Once dry, graphite drawing began, followed by layers of opaque white oil. Between layers I scrape back to reveal patches of the underpainting and then add more paint and drawing to the top. The process mirrors freeze-thaw, and the passage of time.

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Thirty in Thirty, 2014: January Wood

January Wood, 2014 - Copyright Michaela Harlow - michaelaharlow.com January Wood, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 24″ x 24″, oil on panel

Outside, the temperature has dropped below zero and snowfall is no longer measured in inches, but feet. Woodland walks will require snowshoes from here on out. But with a wood stove running round-the-clock in my studio, and many cups of hot tea, I find myself feeling warm, inspired and quite content.

Today’s piece was painted alla prima, oil on wood panel.

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Winter Garden: A Painting’s Progress

winter garden - copyright 2013 michaela harlowWinter Garden ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – Oil on Panel, 24″ x 24″

Winter is a beautiful season, to be certain. Snow, sleet and freezing rain add texture and sparkle to the skeletal landscape and garden surrounding my studio. I love the play of pale light as it bounces off ice and streams through the tawny blades of bleached grass and bare, twisted twigs. And yet for all of its wonder, winter is also a very difficult season here.

Living in New England during the winter months of January, February and March involves an extraordinary amount of work; particularly if you live atop a windy, 2,000′ ridge in the middle of a forest. Since Nemo, aka the blizzard of ’13, hit —bringing with it 18″ of new snow— my days have been consumed by shoveling, plowing, and moving snow banks with the tractor. These are necessary chores, of course, but terribly disrupting to my work; throwing off my rhythm and interrupting my painting’s progress and blog-posting schedule.

But here I am again, at last. It feels good to get back to work on something substantial.

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Rose Light

Rose Light  ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow - Oil on Panel - 16 x 16 inchesRose Light ⓒ 2013 Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 16″, Oil on Floating Wood Panel

Sometimes the only color to be found in a February landscape, is the blushing sky at dusk and dawn. Perhaps it is because the weary canvas of brown and white can seem so bleak, I am particularly grateful for the rosy hues of sunrise on a winter morning.

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