© Nora Kasten
Oil painting on canvas (48" x 12") Collection of the artist
"Day 18 of The Journey and I'm ready to leave Boothbay Harbor, Maine tomorrow morning.
This painting "Artist's Model" was painted for my Beloved Karl a year before he died. It's the closest I would get to painting a nude for him (and he had some clever comments) but I think he liked it. It was mainly painted to fit a special spot in that room. For years I had joked that I was going to copy one of Renoir's chubby nudes except put my face instead of the model. He would have really had some clever comments on that! Thank goodness I can think of Karl today and smile, just remembering how good life was with him. There are still tears but it's getting better."