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LADY IN THE MIST


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.

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11 comments on “LADY IN THE MIST

  1. We never know what lives in our imagination, coming out to surprise us when we begin the creative process! This is beautiful!

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  2. 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!

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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!

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  5. Exactly. It may not be what you hoped for, but just close your eyes and do something. Can you believe I will be 89 in 3 days? What happened to the time?

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  6. 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.

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    • 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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