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Tuesday, May 25, 2010


The wind storms of the last weeks have been consistent, and powerful. We have been lucky, no harm done, but after living through a major straight line wind storm years ago in which my then neighborhood was torn to pieces [I had no damage, but houses and trees everywhere were damaged or ruined], I've always become very agitated in wind storms.

Wind on the farm is just as much a companion as the sun, fog or birds. I love the wind when I am in the barn, and feel protected. But gusty winds that rip barn roofs off are what has been coming through lately. The last one inspired this painting. I had decided to put all the sheep back in the barn an hour early that day, since it was so gusty and rainy, and when I went out, it was like a scene out of Wizard of Oz. I remember thinking of the traveling magician that Dorothy sits with after she and Toto attempt to run away, and as the she leaves to return back home, the storm picks up. As a child, I could just feel how scary that was, and even though I watched that movie every year into my adult years and knew the outcome, that one scene just terrified me each time I saw it.

So I felt that in the wind last week, which is why this painting does seem to have a bit of an Oz feeling, although I didn't set out to do that. This piece is available through my studio, but if it doesn't sell it will go off to a gallery.


Cathy said...

I love the movement in this, especially the girl in the lower right with her braids aswing! And the Van Gogh-ish sky...what beautiful blues and grays.

Editor52 said...

This is a beautiful painting. I'm with you on the wind, Katherine. I grew up in Chicago -- called the Windy City because of the politicians, not the actual wind -- though because of its location on Lake Michigan it actually is a very windy place. Then I moved to Minnesota where the wind sweeps across the plains (not to mention the tornadoes). Here in Connecticut, we get fairly frequent wind storms (we call 'em gales), and living in the woods surrounded by very tall and ancient trees, that's always an experience. The sound of the wind drives me mad ... and there's no place you can go go escape it. I always wondered how the pioneers who settled Nebraska and Kansas did it ... land where there is nothing to stop the wind from blowing across hundreds and hundreds of miles. I think I would have lost my mind.

Amy Schimler-Safford said...

Beautiful work as always! Great to hear from you. Been mostly involved with children's books and having fun along with the surface design. Had a great time in NYC - my son just moved to Brooklyn so it was especially fun. Ever consider doing the Surtex show??
Would love to see you there!

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