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Friday, February 04, 2011

Exuberant braids I have



"And then the wind blew in" ©K.Dunn. While the original is sold, a print is now available of this piece.

I do not have much trouble letting go of paintings after their completion. It is part of how I make my living, but also, it is the encounter I have with layers of paint, textures and feelings while I create it, not the actual product, that make me an artist. However, there are always some that sing a bit more. Sometimes I hold those back to savor them, but this piece was painted for a show and sold right away. I have no idea who bought it since galleries currently seem to think they have the right to withhold that information from the artist, so I don't know if it sits on a mantle, or is tucked in to a closet with old sweaters. Either way, my time with it was short and my work is done.

But when I was picking one new piece to add to the online print section, I chose this one. I hadn't looked at it carefully for a long time. It is one more example of my art telling me a story I need to hear, but that story might have changed since the painting was made. Depending on what is going on around me, many of my paintings have been a map to the future, my conscious just wasn't ready for it when I made it. And while I had a donkey, and chickens, and braids, when I painted this a couple years ago, I can now see yet another one paragraph story emerging from this piece - "The wind was blowing in just as the daily performances began. She sat at the side stage, covered with a trusted creature who would not complain. The wind died down just for a second, and that is when her braids blew up to the skies out of exuberance for her current situation."

4 comments:

Sharon said...

katherine you are something.....the best words just pour out of your soul don't they? i love this print.

Kalavati said...

Katherine love your blog! It's a wonderful respite-as I have dreams of a farm too, and am an arts background. This piece is lovely and whimsical, it reminds me of Rousseau or Chagall a bit.
I included your site as one of 10 Sites for Inspiring Your Creativity
And I also included a link to your lavender page.
Namaste, Kala

maccandace said...

That's a beautiful paragraph and an awesome painting.

Delisa said...

I love your painting, I guess we all see different things when we look at art. Often when I look at your pictures I see a very innocent and trusting bond between you and the animals, in sadness or joy, a simple kind of unquestioning love and security in being in one another's company. As if being together were as natural as water. I love the vibrant colors. I keep your book by my bedside and pick it up often and thumb through it before going to sleep. I have a great deal of pain at night and sleep is hard to come by, your book soothes me and I find when I wake up in the morning I feel ready to go out and discover some beauty in the world. We never know where the seeds we scatter blow and take root. Have a nice day Katherine Delisa :)

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