Lady in the Mist

Amazing who jumps out of the mist when you aren’t looking! Now trying new paths in paint, I find it disturbing to sit and stare at a piece of paper wondering just what I will paint. After several days of abstraction and distraction, it occurred to me that what I am really attracted to in depicting in paint is people.

I had had an image in my mind which never seemed to come together. After painting, washing, scrubbing I ended up with a pale nothing.

As I prepared to toss it in the bin, I turned it around and this image showed up. Where my tree root had been was actually a lady leaning forward. I have no idea what is of interest to her in what was meant to be greenish rocks, but there she is! I decided to let her remain a misty image perhaps from a distant past.

Author: kaytisweetlandrasmussen83

I am a retired fine arts teacher, sculptor/painter, writer, and a native Californian. I love my family,dogs, horses, movies, reading and music, probably in that order. I have been married forever to a very nice man who is nice to old ladies, dogs and children.

11 thoughts on “LADY IN THE MIST”

  1. How wonderful, Kayti! What a great process. I am lying in bed following a total hip replacement. I’ve been thinking about the difference between paintings I’ve approached in a cerebral way and the ones, like yours, that are more intuitive. There’s no right or wrong – just keep painting!


    1. Oh I am so happy you finally were able to get your new hip. Just rest and take it easy for awhile. I know several people who have had them and were very pleased. Now you will be able to get down in the dirt and do some planting!
      ;As in every other art process, you initially are surprised and then try to replicate a better version. It keeps us busy, right?

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  2. The best of art is often produced when we hardly know what we are doing. Most art that is too pre-conceived ever ends up as being truly creative. (Desiderius Orban, who was my Hungarian art teacher many decades ago)
    A great painting, Kayti. I am glad you put your name to it.


  3. I find what you have done (and the patience to withhold a bin dump) just like writing. I would tell my students when they complained of writer’s block to start writing anyway. Some thoughts would materialize in the brain and poof! A piece of writing. Good advice for a beginning painter. Only three more days until your birthday!


  4. You know what’s funny? I like the second painting as much as the lady. I would have called it “Prairie Dawn.” It looks for all the world to me like a bit of prairie grass washed by sunlight. On the other hand, the lady’s beautiful, and reminds me of much of your other work. I didn’t see rocks, but a lovely flower, with the lady right smack in the middle of it, getting an up close and personal look at its petals.


    1. Well there you go–it just needed a poetic description from you! I never thought of myself as a painter, but after starting out as an oil painter, I was fascinated by the unsuspected beauty of watercolor flowing on the paper. Now I just have to let it do what it wants to do.


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