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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

This came through me


I had been struggling all day to get something to work, anything, with paint today. I was painting tuna cans, pretty flowers, buildings. It was all crap. I was feeling blocked. Went for a walk with Huck. Returned and put on Neil. I haven't had music on as much as NPR lately, and it was definately a jolt. The words and music of Neil Young always touch chords that are just under my surface. This piece came out pretty fast. It really touches me. Old man feeding cardinals, a sight I miss.

15 comments:

Debbie said...

Cardinals are a bright spot in what can look like a bleak world - until you really look. The old man knows that.
Debbie

Shades of Scorpio said...

This piece of work is amazing. I really love it!!!

pRiyA said...

very beautiful picture. your illustrations and paintings (and your life),inspire me.
yes, music helps so much for the flow.

farmlady said...

This is a lovely painting... The colors, the old man, the open gate and the 3 last leaves left on the tree and one underneath him. I think this has something to do with Guinnias.

RiaRunkee said...

This is so lyrical and lovely. You are truly gifted.

Abby Creek Art said...

This is a beautiful and touching piece, Katherine. I love Neil Young too and his songs always have a sweet sadness to them.

Happy New Year to you!xox

Carla Sonheim said...

This piece is unbelievably lovely to me this morning.

Mare said...

Oh! Katherine! I LOVE this one! i love it.....

Cathy said...

Oh honey, this is so sweet and poignant. The scrolly branches, the three leaves, the snowflakes (or are they stars?), the open gate...

thorngren said...

Sometimes that all it takes- a walk outside to bring it all out. How fortunate you are to be surrounded by such inspiration. Thank you for the New Year's card.
Warm Regards in 2009!

Phyllis said...

I love it!

Red Fish Circle said...

Katherine, I think this is one of my favorite pieces of yours I have seen. It is a powerful and sweet story. Love the textures and colors too. So cool, how the music unlocked you....

Toni said...

My Dear Guinnias,

I'm borrowing the comment forum of your rescuer's blog in order to write you. Yesterday's poste brought your lovely lavendar gift, complete with 'from an old goat' sticker to elicit my throaty laugh and continued smile. I do appreciate your thoughtfulness, particularly when you yourself are experiencing such a transitional period, adjusting to new friends and landscapes. I sincerely wish you wonderful treats, escapades, and vistas in your retirement!

With great affection,

Toni Brown

Apifera Farm said...

Thanks, everyone. It's interesting that this also affected some viewers like it did me. When I thought I was done with it, I thought the area in the upper right with snow/stars/enery flakes/whatever needed some more grounding or something...then I realized, that open gate led to a whole different place I knew nothing about, it's open waiting for me, all of us, it's just not my time to venture through it. It was uncanny how fast the little face of the old man formed and who it was. Comforting, and a nice gift to come to me.

AMy- man, I am so behind and bad blog reader. I just have to find time to catch up, which I started yeaterday - this darn land line!

Guinnias is thrilled to get thank you's!

mansuetude said...

ahhh he looks ancient but sweet and as if lives on a magic blanket, with stars under it! Its a nice way to see the world.

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