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Friday, May 18, 2012

New work...guided by Old Man Guinnias

I recently finished a nice project for University of Notre Dame magazine - four separate illustrations accompanying narrative articles.

I loved all the pieces, but I wanted to share this one and how it evolved. One of the articles was about a man who worked in hospice. He came to the conclusion that hospice work meant seeing the essence of another person and allowing the dying person to share in his essence. I had sent a sketch of an older woman emanating colors and pattern entwining into a man. I also sent some finished examples of past work, and one of those was a piece I did a couple weeks ago after Old Man Guinnias pasted away in the night. The art director found that piece so spiritual and wondered if it could be used as a starting point for this article.

At first I had an old woman on a cloud, but then realized the woman was still earthbound, though fading. But her faithful companion was floating, waiting to give her a special apple from the trees of the sky, where she'd return to her special chair.

Thank you, Old man, one more gift from you.


Carole Reid said...

How marvelous for you and for the magazine!

barbara said...

what a strong and wonderful piece of work! It´s amazing how Old Man Guinnias still is so present with his spirit.

Else M Tennessen said...

Katherine, I love this piece and the faithful friend waiting near the empty chair. This is how I feel about my beloved pets waiting for me in heaven. Thank you for this healing painting. It would make a great print.

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