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Saturday, September 08, 2007

There Lived a Little Girl


I've had this canvas for almost a year and a half--all the text, red and gold paint--today I looked at it and thought 'I'll add hills and a loooong ladder, and paint one of my people!'

when I was little, I used to have the same dream over and over. I was in the middle of a huge room filled with adults. In the center of the room stood a red staircase, which I started to climb. At one point I realized that the stair was getting narrower and that there was no railing and I felt scared, but I kept climbing. Always, I would get to the ceiling, level with a huge crystal chandelier. And then I would wake up.

14 comments:

Sue Doe-Nim said...

We have a problem.

I want this one too.

Angela said...

Oh, that's just incredibly beautiful. Where do you sell your work? I simply must know. Great dream, great story. Thank you.

Paula said...

Love her! :)

Janet said...

Being that I'm an old Led Zeppelin fan my first thought was "Stairway to Heaven"....I love your paintings.

Carla said...

Your art makes me purr.

Kikipotamus the Hobo said...

What an amazing dream! And it kept coming back. I'd love to know what message it was trying to convey...so persistently. The minute this piece scrolled into view, I thought: flying dream!

Hamguin said...

Wow...freedom of flight, yet a toe hooked back to the reality the ladder seems to represent.

I really love this!!

Karoda said...

Karen, you really have a strong eye with layout and you have a signature colour palette which is what makes your works look fresh to me! What you do with your paints and digital collage I hope to master with my surface design on cloth and quilts. I've been trying to achieve this palette through dyeing...the reddish browns and oranges have eluded me, but I'm managed to come close to the golds and browns and blues. All that to say I find your palette personally inspiring.

Elizabeth said...

In a hurry and only time to say: these are fantastic! Your art grows every day. I LOVE it!

Big hug you clever lady!

Carolyn said...

Your artwork is so much fun... and the backgrounds are beautiful... just love 'em!

Nicole said...

beautiful. it's really interesting what dreams can inspire.

Lynn said...

I see the mom wanting to fly over her city to watch over her kids at his game or dance, making sure they are safe.

Anonymous said...

OMGosh! You have come so far in the last week, even. I'm in awe. I love the larger faces, but this whole figure illustration just captures it all. The colors, the texture, the shapes ... whew!

Sometime when your muse has slowed, you might try a series of this same "character." I could see you writing a story to go with them and illustrating it.

Love how she's in a scary, no-railing situation, but still fluidly balanced. Has some of your "underwater" art feel to it also.

When's your next exhibition? I want to be there!

mcewen said...

I read through your posts to catch up.

Aha! I'm no expert in the dream interpretation department but that speaks volumes to me! Especially when it's juxtaposition with the posting about not enjoying confrontation!


Best wishes