||A New Life This series of paintings were exhibited in a one-man show at the Art Center Gallery, New York City, upon our return to the United States, in September 1931. They were shown also at the National Arts Club. My paintings were selected by the Federation of American Arts to join a traveling exhibit for uni- versities throughout the United States? My palette has increased in color intensity, and I feel a surge of vitality and joy in every brush stroke? We are living a beautiful life. A lovely little daughter, Lark,`" born August 1, 1932, joined us in our Land of Eldorado. Today, our son, James Vern,14 was born. He was named after his maternal grandfather and myself. I have never been so proud and elated as I have been today. I have truly entered into the "Land of Living Dreams." Since our return from Europe, we have spent the winter months on Balboa Island in California, where we enjoyed boat- 11 Among the numerous notices of Harwood's activities as professional artist and teacher are The Knnsd~ Tender nnd Western School /ou~~nl 37(April, 1929) :ll; A'ew York He&i Thwze, 14 September 1930, VIII, p.. 7; The Art Digest, 6(1 August 1931) 129; Stew YorR Times, 2 September 1931; Ogdelr Stntzdclrd Exnminer, 22 July 1936; Snlt Lnke Tribulze, 14 April and 16 October 1940; and Utnh, A Guide 10 the Stnte (Utah State Institute of Fine Arts, Federal Works Agency, Works Projects Administration, 1941) and (Salt Lake City: Utah, A Guide to the State Foundation, 1982), 212. 12 Within the seemingly very confining approach to painting called Neo- Impressionism, several options are available. As instances, one might maintain fanatically the precision of it all, or, as in the case of Paul Signac and others, the painter could convert Seurat's dots back toward more decoratively-inclined and larger, separated color splotches. That way can result in absolutely joyous, though somewhat "surfacey" visual excursions (as in some Fauvist works), and of course these run very much counter to Seurat's original intent. The variation the essen- tially conservative Harwood used was to relax the uniformity of pointellism and thus create something in between the art of Monet and that of Seurat. The results of this middle ground approach were often not only muted or neutralized but a bit mechanical in quality too. And yet, many of these later paintings can be quite rewarding despite an almost always evident defect in the obviousness of the pointellist-like technique. As a rule Harwood remained a sensitive creator of images in softened colors which only gradually intensified over the years, with a continuing eye for good design combined with careful and loving subject selection. 13 Lark Harwood Grace lives in Miami, Florida. 14 James is now on the staff of the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, Honolulu.